“The Abominable Seven”
BY RUSSELL MCLAUGHLIN
“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, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” (Phil. 2) 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 (mind) 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 into. 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 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.” This text says in essence, “cursed are the mischief makers”.
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.