First let me give a big THANK YOU shout out to my hubby for taking the kids for a bit so I could finish this post! You’re the best!!!
Today we are in Proverbs 6. Are you still with me? Great! Let’s go…
Proverbs 6 begins by warning against folly. Several commentaries I read point out how the insertion of this passage (verses 1-15) seem like a random tangent to the topic covered in the previous texts. Verses 1-5 are talking about when someone would shake hands with his neighbor and basically borrow money, or be in debt of some sort. It’s not saying to never borrow or take out credit but to not do it rashly. Verse 2 describes this type of agreement as a trap.
Verses 6-15 warns against laziness and gives the practical example of an ant that stores up in summer that which it needs for winter. I want to point out that YES the bible says we are to not worry about what we will eat or drink (Matthew 6:25-34 & Philippians 4:6-7), however, I don’t believe that the Lord meant for us to sit around and do nothing to take care of ourselves. The key in those verses is to not “worry”… but to trust that He will make a way. A phrase that I like to keep in mind, “The Lord opens doors, but with faith we still need to walk through them.”
Verse 16 is where Solomon takes a quick turn in tone. And this is where we are going to explore more today:
16-19 says: “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him; haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissention among brothers.”
Isn’t it interesting that God, who is by nature love, can also hate? But this is not contradictory because God who is incredibly holy cannot be tolerable of sin, therefore not only does he hate it, but he can perfectly hate it. We as humans cannot do that. When we hate, we do not have the purest of intentions (nevermind the fact that we are ourselves are sinners and cannot point fingers of blame without also pointing to ourselves).
So let’s take a close look at what God hates?
- Haughty eyes
This is also called pride. God finds pride intolerable. His word says it over and over:
- James 4:6 says “But he gives us more grace. That is why scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
- Jeremiah 9:23 says: “This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches.” and
- Philippians 2:3 says “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”
These are just some of the examples. The point is to remember that God does not like for us to be prideful. It’s hard not to struggle with this one isn’t it (I know I do). We all want to be recognized for what we do. God is constantly reminding me that He is my heavenly father and that he is proud of me and loves me deeply. I have to daily surrender my pride to Him.
- A lying tongue
Have you ever realized that the devil used a lie to orchestrate the first sin out of humans?
In Genesis 3:4 it says that the serpent told the woman: “You will not certainly die!” [emphasis mine] He told her that she would not die if she ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil even though God had told her otherwise.
When we lie, we not only sin against God, but we have the potential to create an untrustworthy character within ourselves.
- Hands that shed innocent blood
God loves everyone, but when it comes to the innocent, he will not tolerate those that hurt them. I particularly find this verse satisfying because when I hear of someone hurting an innocent child or bystander it literally hurts my heart!
- A heart that devises wicked schemes
The verse that first comes to mind when thinking about this is Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” This statement about “a heart that devises wicked schemes” seems fairly straight forward (and I’m not saying that it isn’t), but when he says that your heart is where your treasure is, it makes me think that if someone can devise wicked schemes in their heart, that their “treasure” must not be in line with God. It just seems that it would be difficult to devise wicked schemes in your heart if Jesus is your treasure.
*I hope this serves someone today… I hope someone reads this and understands that when they seek Jesus, it brings their heart to the right place.
- Feet that are quick to rush into evil
I think one of the most common example of this in our modern age is that of gossip, cliques and bullying. We forget that it is sin and when others are talking and we join in that we are gossiping. AND if you think this only happens in elementary and middle schools, think again. I challenge us this week to take a self-inventory of our conversations. Are we quick to rush into evil?
- A false witness who pours out lies
It is interesting that he has already pointed out lying once in this text (two verses back in v17), so we know it is especially important to the Lord that we not lie. Here it is specifically important not to tell lies about a neighbor. A false witness refers to someone that lies about what they’ve seen or heard. In Exodus 20:16 it was one of the Ten Commandments given to Moses: “Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”
- A man who stirs up dissention among brothers
Dissention is a disagreement or a difference of opinion. It’s not saying here that having a disagreement or difference of opinion is wrong, but that the hates the man that stirs it up. God loves peace and unity and those that promote peace and unity.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9
Today’s post was full of insight and I suggest you reviewing this passage and again search your heart for areas that the Lord wants to work to make clean. Pray: Lord help us receive your correction today because your word says “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.” Rev. 3:19