THE ABOMINABLE SEVEN
BY: RUSSELL MCLAUGHLIN
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
“Six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him.”
A loving God can hate. The Bible says so. Of course, God hates sin and evil, but Solomon draws our attention to a special list of seven, which are an abomination to our Maker:
A Proud Look – Lofty eyes indicate a prideful heart. Pride, which would nudge God off his throne is the cause of so much sin. Satan does not mind if we are courageous, or generous, or good tempered, as long as we remain prideful. That’s why Paul told the Philippians, 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4) God opposes the proud.
A Lying Tongue – This sin is so serious that it brought immediate death in the early church to Ananias and Sapphira. To God, truth, and the perversion of truth, is no small matter. As Christians, we speak the truth in love and do not lie since we have put off our old nature.
Hands that Shed Innocent Blood – Blood is used as a symbol for death. Life belongs to God. He gives it. When we take a life, we join hands with Satan, who “was a murderer from the beginning.” (John 8:44)
A Heart Deviseth Wicked Imaginations – Instead of using one’s intellectual abilities for the cause of righteousness, the pursuit of peace, and the progress of mankind, a sinner revels in thoughts of iniquity, manufactures mischief, and turns his heart into a workshop for the devil.
Feet that are Swift in Running to Mischief – This is a case where sin is sought out and swiftly entered. As soon as the heart plans the evil, the feet are eager to work the plan. The conscience is not pulling them back. No guilt, no self-control, and no sense of hesitation. They just dive in.
A False Witness That Speaks Lies – Of the seven things God hates, two of them pertain to lying. Here is a clear violation of the 9th commandment; “Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” When we do this, we defy God and prevent justice.
He That Soweth Discord Among Brethren – God delights in unity, not discord. Those who stir up the brethren through malice, gossip, and slander tear others apart. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” In John 17:20-21, Jesus prayed, 20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. Jesus wants us to be united, not divided!
The message is clear, the abominable seven spell trouble!
We need to remember Paul’s words to Timothy, “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22
Let’s all flee from evil and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace.