There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:
1. haughty eyes (Haughty eyes is defined as showing arrogant superiority to others, or in modern vernacular ” walking with a prideful swagger. It suggests one always has a higher opinion of himself than others. These words can also be found in many translations of the Bible in Psalm 131:1, which suggest someone is full of pride and conceit. By this definition it’s clear to say that the opposite of “haughty Eyes” is to be humble and thoughtful of others and their opinions)
2. a lying tongue (As the moral climate of our society has been deteriorating, lying has become a major problem. The business world is particularly plagued by this problem–men’s dishonesty with each other, meetings “forgotten”, company theft, promises not kept, contracts broken, etc. Lawyers have increased in numbers over the last decade, mainly because of irresponsibility and broken contracts among men due to lying. A news organization recently did a survey here in America and asked people several questions to determine the percentage of people who lied or were dishonest about things. Some of the questions were:
Do you cheat on your Income Tax Return?
Do you compliment people when you really don’t mean it?
Do you tell your spouse to tell callers you are not at home when you there?
Do you tell “little white lies” if it will keep you out of trouble?
Do you tell creditors that “the check is in the mail” when you have not yet mailed it?
Do you exaggerate in repeating things you have heard?
The results of this survey determined that 90% of Americans are not truthful under certain circumstances. This is understandable when we look at the morals of our society but what about Christians? Have they fallen into the habit of lying also? Also, what constitutes a lie according to the Bible? Anything that is not the truth is a lie and God’s Word the Bible tells us what is truth. The Bible is the standard or measuring rod we must use in determining truth. Sadly, Christians are also succumbing to this epidemic of lying. Lying to each other has now become so commonplace, Christians too, have become liars.
Have you been lied to lately? Was it another Christian that lied to you? A minister perhaps? Each of us have had our trust in people undermined, or in some cases even destroyed because of lies. We would all agree that lying is an ugly evil. The Bible tells us that lying began with the devil and that he is the father of lies.
Before we point our finger at another for being a liar that we feel God needs to deal with, let us examine our own lives to see if we are infected with the same disease. What kind of witness are we to those around us? Are we deceived and have we become liars ourselves? Let us first give a definition as to what a lie is according to Webster’s dictionary:
1.) To make a statement that one knows is false, especially with the intent to deceive.
2.) To give a false impression or action or false statement, especially with the intent to deceive.
3.)To make a false statement in order to evade the truth.
4.)The invention of a false story or excuse in order to deceive.
Perhaps for a Christian, a Biblical definition of lying could be summed up in this statement:
Any time our word does not agree with God’s Word.)
3. hands that shed innocent blood (In the Israelite culture, murder was a big deal because,
according to the Bible, people are made in the image of God. This was true about everyone—even the vilest offender. The murder of innocent people was even worse. As you know, King David was prohibited from building the temple in Jerusalem. Why? Because he had killed so many innocent people (1 Chronicles 22:8).
The phrase “innocent blood” appears in the Bible 17 times, with only one of those occurrences in the New Testament (Matthew 27:4). It is a reference to murder. Let’s be honest, we don’t often get the opportunity to talk people out of murdering someone. So, what’s the point of this lesson? Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him. | 1 John 3:15
There are some things people do that have the same effect as murder. Similarly, there are things people refuse to do that result in the spiritual death of innocent people. We all have opportunities to influence many people. When we fail to influence people toward God or when we influence people toward things other than God, we are guilty of the sin of hating them—we are guilty of murder.)
4. a heart that devises wicked schemes (Have you ever imagined what goes on inside the mind of a killer? Or a kidnapper? A burglar? A rapist? Do you ever wonder what makes them commit such evil? What wounded them to the point that they now wound others?Scripture already gives us the answer. We are all born into sin. The Bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV) That’s true of your heart and mine, apart from the saving blood of Jesus Christ.
A heart that devises wicked schemes is a person who purposely plans to do evil. Like the school boy who decided to shoot his classmates, or the woman who drove her children into the lake so they would drown.
While these cases are extreme from the norms of society, Christians can fall into the trap of scheming to sin as well. Have you ever called a friend to complain about another person, knowing that you were going to shred that person with your words? Or what about planning that romantic date with a girlfriend that includes sleeping with her outside of marriage?
It isn’t just the serial killers and the kidnappers who devise wicked schemes. Any time our hearts make plans that break God’s laws, we risk displeasing Him. Better to set our hearts on obeying the Lord’s will and in the process, guard our hearts from all wickedness).
5. feet that are quick to rush into evil (What would you call evil in this day and age? Murder? Rape? Incest? Pornography? Extortion? Gambling? Homosexuality? Stealing? Drunkenness? Lying? Unbelief?Some of these things may not sound so bad to you, depending on your belief system. Society determines what is good and evil, right? So if a society says that pornography is okay but child pornography is not, then selling sex to adults must be acceptable. If the society legalizes gambling, then it can’t be all bad. Or if sodomy is stricken from the law books and no longer considered wrong, then society should accept that. Right?
We could debate the issue of right and wrong, and one society will deem something acceptable while another won’t. And who determines what is right for everyone? If missionaries to some secluded tribe discover that cannibalism is an accepted practice, are they somehow misguided to want to teach those people that cannibalism is wrong?
When the United States was founded, everything I listed above would have been considered evil by most people. Over two hundred years later and the feet of the people of this land are swift to run to do many of the things once considered wrong. Why is that? If society has changed, does that mean those things are no longer evil?
I Corinthians 6:9-11 says, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
There is still a standard that supersedes all others, a final word on good and evil. Everyone has broken that standard at one point or another. And though each one of us has the propensity toward evil, God through Christ Jesus can wash us clean. Then we will go from committing the sins God hates, to being bathed in His love, with feet that are swift in running to good.)
6. a false witness who pours out lies (So, what are the different ways the Bible says that we can be guilty of lying? Perjury is one way. Exodus 23 says, “When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, and do not show favoritism to a poor man in his lawsuit.” (Exodus 23:2-3) And so when God tells us not to bear false witness in a courtroom situation, he is concerned not only with truthfulness but also with justice.
The Old Testament law treated perjury very seriously. We read in Deuteronomy 19: “If a malicious witness takes the stand to accuse a man of a crime … The judges must make a thorough investigation, and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against his brother, then do to him as he intended to do to his brother. You must purge the evil from among you.” (Deuteronomy 19:18-19) It has been said that when you commit perjury, you are in effect calling upon God to witness to your lie. Perjury is an especially serious violation of the ninth commandment.
Slander is speaking falsehood about another person which harms their reputation. Leviticus 19:16 says, “Do not go about spreading slander among your people.”
Spreading gossip or rumor is another way. Exodus 23:1 says, “Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness.” We need to be careful not to spread gossip or rumors about people, whether in the office or workplace, or over the telephone or the internet. The internet and email are especially susceptible to spreading rumors and urban legends quickly and with little accountability. Check your facts before you forward that story to those one hundred people in your contact list, who will pass it on to one hundred others and so on. And if you find out that you passed on false information, at least make sure that you forward the corrected information to the same group of people.
Flattery David said in Psalm 12: “Help, LORD, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men. Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception.” (Psalm 12:1-2) It is wrong to flatter someone to curry favor for your own benefit. Job said, “I will show partiality to no one, nor will I flatter any man; for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.” (Job 32:21-22)
False teaching Paul warned about false teachers in 1 Timothy 4: “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.” (1 Timothy 4:1-2)
Careless lies Proverbs 26 says, “Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, ‘I was only joking!’” (Proverbs 26:18-19) A casual disregard for the truth will eventually catch up with you and cause you trouble in life.
Little white lies You know what we tell ourselves about little white lies. “It’s just a little untruth. It’s not going to hurt anybody.” Notice how we try to minimize or justify it even by the label we apply: “little … white … lie.” 1 Peter 2 says that you should “rid yourselves of … all deceit.” (1 Peter 2:1) In the same chapter Peter goes on to give us the example of Christ: “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 1 Peter 2:22) Would Jesus tell little, white lies? The answer is, “No.” As followers of Christ we must not speak any falsehood. We are to be people of the truth.
You do not have to speak falsehood directly in order to be guilty of lying. One way we do this is by misrepresenting the truth. For example, in Matthew 26 we read about false witnesses who came forward at Jesus’ trial. The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” (Matthew 26:59-61) Did Jesus speak those words? Well, yes, he said something similar to them. But these false witnesses misrepresented the truth by speaking his words out of context. And this was part of the evidence they used to convict Jesus at his trial.
We can also intentionally deceive other people by living a hypocritical life. Jesus said to the Pharisees of his day: “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.’” (Matthew 15:7-8) Pretending to honor God on the outside when you really don’t honor him in your heart is another way you can bear false witness.
There is also a third way the Bible says we can lie. And that is by mixing lies with the truth. Have you ever heard the phrase a “half-truth?” Well, a half truth is nothing more than a whole lie. We mix lies with the truth any time we exaggerate or when we try to twist the truth for various reasons. The apostle Paul said, “We have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:2) As Christians we need to adopt the standard of the courtroom witness: “Tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Mixing lies in with the truth is just another way of telling a lie.
7. and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers (The dictionary defines dissension as angry or violent difference of opinion.
Dissension among people is detested by God because it destroys relationships. Jesus came to seek and save those who were lost. His purpose was to redeem the broken. To redeem is to set free from bondage. We need to be freed from ourselves. When we live by the adage, “my way or the highway,” we promote ourselves as a wrecking ball ready to smash relationships. It is all based in pride. Dissension affects everyone in the community. It makes everyone sick!
Dissension is especially despised by God when it is within the family of God. The verse specifically says dissension among brothers. The church is meant to be a place where people can find acceptance, comfort, encouragement and meaning. Dissension keeps God’s people from experiencing koinonia and worship. Dissension turns the community of the redeemed into a community of the bitter. Jesus died to bring us together, and active dissension shows that certain ones in the body of Christ are not listening to the Spirit of the Lord.
God specifically detests the one who stirs up the dissension among God’s people. It takes so few to cause dissension in a church. The seeds of dissension are always present because we are all sinful, but in order for those seeds to take root it takes a person to plant the seeds, cultivate the seeds and help them take root.
The word dissension is only used once in the New Testament. RO 13:11 And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Dissension is called a deed of darkness. The one who stirs up dissension is doing the work of darkness. Since light dispels the darkness, it must mean that where there is dissension there is no light! Jesus died on the cross to convert us, consecrate us and commission us. When a believer stirs up dissension he denies all three of these and chooses to dwell in the dark. God specifically detests this.
When a church’s energy is focused on dissension there is no strength left for outward mission. I believe that one of the devil’s primary strategies in fighting the expansion of the gospel is to encourage the saints to feud. When God’s people are arguing about personal preference and opinion there is no room left to carry out conviction! God wants a church to be on fire, but He is not interested in the type of fire that leaves Christians charred. We are to burn for God not burn up each other. The greatest deterrent to dissension is missions. When a church is reaching out to the lost and hurting, the focus shifts from self to Savior.
The problem is that many people have religious backgrounds and have interest in spiritual things, but they don’t see the Righteous, Holy God that is revealed to us in the scriptures. People want to think of God as one of us, but only better and stronger. Somehow they believe that He will overlook sin because He is the ultimate buddy. As a result when sin is boldly preached against, and a person comes under conviction of the Holy Spirit, he or she becomes angry and offended. The person who communicates the truth is called narrow minded, void of compassion and out of touch with the times.
The most difficult task for a person is to see that he or she needs a Savior. The basic thrust of human nature is self effort. We want to prove that we belong. We want to earn our way. Our jobs contain quotas, goals, commissions, and production charts. Success is measured by how hard or how smart we work. Yet the gospel declares that our best efforts are woefully inadequate. When the prophet Isaiah saw the Lord Most High upon his throne he declared,Isaiah 6:5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” A clear view of the Lord brings us face to face with our desperate need for a Savior.
There is not one of us who is not guilty of all 7 of these detestable sins! All of these things are ‘fixable’ by being a good, up-standing person, but only the mercy of God can wash the residual stains of these sins from your life. And only the grace of God can make you into the person who never has to struggle with these sins again. But the first step to that freedom is admitting that we have committed these sins and that they are detestable in His eyes.
(None of this is my original work. I spent the morning on this verse in study.)