Proverbs 6:16-19, These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Without faith it is impossible to please God.
Faith is believing God's word.
Faith is believing what God says about things and true belief in what God says is demonstrated by action or works.
False belief produces no activity or no works.
Nothing happens with false belief.
False faith is dead. It does not move you to work for God.
You can say you have faith all you want to, but if your faith does not move you to work then your faith is not true faith that pleases God.
It is false faith, it is dead faith.
Faith is believing that God hates things and true faith will move you to hate the same things that God hates.
If you do not hate the same things that God hates then you do not have faith.
The Bible tells us in other passages that those who are wise will hate the things that God hates.
God has given to us the rod to impress our children early of the awfulness of sin, and to convince him or her of our hatred for sin, evil and wickedness.
We must demonstrate hate for sin and all things that will corrupt our children if we are to demonstrate love for our children.
Hate is an attribute of God because God is love!
Every sin is hateful to God. God, if we fear him, expects us to hate sin and evil.
The writer of this proverb tells us of seven things that not only does the Lord hate but he even turns up the heat of his hatred so that it becomes abomination which means extreme hatred.
God extremely hates these seven things.
These seven things are on the top of his list of things he hates!
Therefore it behooves us to know what God hates so we can hate the same things.
That is faith, loving what God loves and hating what God hates.
First God hates a proud look; therefore we must hate a proud look.
This is the generation of lofty eyes, the generation whose eyelids are lifted up, as Proverbs 30:13 tells us.
The proud look is the look of confidence in oneself.
A disdain upon others while a pureness in ones own eyes.
A look that only looks on the surface and refuses to consider the look of the heart.
A proud look is a vision of oneself based upon one's own standards and not God's standards.
A proud look is an abomination to God because the one with a proud look refuses to look at his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who brings all things to light and destroys the proud look.
The proud look cannot stand in the presence of Jesus Christ. It is defeated.
Secondly God hates a lying tongue, and we must hate a lying tongue.
Again the tongue is but a rudder of the heart.
All things come from the heart.
The tongue responds perfectly to the instruction from the heart.
The heart is the master, the tongue is the slave.
God loves simplicity of truth.
The lying tongue hates simplicity and loves complexity.
The lying tongue loves falsehood, it loves exaggeration, (I heard a teacher's comments on the radio-she was talking about her class the first six weeks, she said that all her students were hitting all the other students all the time) it loves coloring stories, it loves perversion, it loves to produce or encourage wrong impressions.
The lying tongue is a good image maker.
It is needed in Washington. It has high value today.
It loves to be careless about truth.
The lying tongue loves generalities instead of the specific.
It is hidden in generalities.
God has barred the gates of Heaven against all liars, for none of them are his people.
Thirdly God hates hands that shed innocent blood, and we must hate hands that shed innocent blood.
God hated the hands of Cain because they shed his brother's innocent blood.
He hated the hands of Judas, he hated the hands of the Pharisees, the chief priests, the generation of vipers that crucified his Son.
Today he hates the hands of abortionists, he hates the hands of the murderers and those who care not but for themselves and not for the innocent and helpless.
He hates the hands of those who distort his image, those who shed innocent blood.
Fourthly he hates the heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, and we must hate the heart that does so even when it is our own.
He hates the heart that invents wicked plots and purposes and means.
He hates the heart that thinks of new ideas, new ways in which to do wickedness, new contrivances for sin.
This is the heart that has become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. He hates that kind of heart!
The same heart has feet that be swift in running to mischief.
This is the heart that has conquered its God given conscience.
Swift in running to mischief.
Wants to be first in line to perform mischief.
Feet that are directed by a heart that God ordains will find the slippery places as he tells us in:
Psalm 73:18, Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
As God hates the feet who be swift in running to mischief so we too ought to by faith hate the same feet.
They are not the feet of faith who are directed in the path of righteousness.
The sixth hatred of God involves the false witness the previous proverbs told us would perish.
This is the false witness who has no bright object on which to focus his life.
His eyes are never constant.
He is a false witness because he has no assurance of that which he speaks.
He can only be a false witness because he has never witnessed the saving power of Jesus Christ is his life.
God hates the false preacher, the false teacher, the apostate.
God hates the evolutionist. They all speak lies.
Their ways are not established and they have no foundation.
And lastly God hates the man that soweth discord among brethren.
God highly values unity among brethren.
He desires that we be of one mind and one mouth, in one accord and in one spirit in the same love.
David reminds us in Psalm 133:1-3, A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
God hates those who disturb this unity of purpose for their own selfish ends and he reminds us of them in:
Romans 16:17, Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.