There are some things which God hates. You might be one of those people who find it difficult to believe that God hates anything. The writer of Proverbs tells us of seven abominations which He does hate. That is what we look at today.
“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.” Proverbs 6:16-19
We must understand that the God of the Bible is holy, righteous and just; and because He is those things there must be of necessity things which He hates the above seven things are some of them – seven in fact which cover the entirety of the human race.
Seven things which God hates. These seven things are directly related to the heart of evil.
From the ESV Study notes we read of verse 16,
“This numeric literary device presents a representative rather than exhaustive list (cf. 30:15–16, 18–19, 21–31) that seeks to draw particular attention to the final item as the focus of God’s hatred. It is easy to agree that God hates the first six items; it is also easy to overlook the seventh (v. 19b), and thus the author pulls the reader up short.”
From the Matthew Henry Commentary we find,
“God hates sin; he hates every sin; he can never be reconciled to it; he hates nothing but sin. But there are some sins which he does in a special manner hate; and all those here mentioned are such as are injurious to our neighbour. It is an evidence of the good-will God bears to mankind that those sins are in a special manner provoking to him which are prejudicial to the comfort of human life and society. Therefore the men of Belial must expect their ruin to come suddenly, and without remedy, because their practices are such as the Lord hates and are an abomination to him, v. 16. Those things which God hates it is no thanks to us to hate in others, but we must hate them in ourselves.”
I want you to realize today that God loves you. He loves the world and you and me are part of the world and He loves us. So much that He gave His only Son that believing in Him we would not perish, but have everlasting life.
Some one once said, “God will not allow His children to sin successfully.” The child of God cannot continue to live in sin and its abomination without serious consequences.