Sunday, July 15, 2012


It goes without saying that God hates sin; not just the most despicable sins, but all sin.  It was a sin that caused Him to expel Adam and Eve from the garden (Gen. 3:23).  It was sin that caused God to send Noah's Flood (Gen. 6:5).  And, it was our sin that caused Him to send His Son to die for us on Calvary (Jn. 3:16).  It was our sin that separated Him from His Father when He cried out, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" (Ps. 22:1; Mt. 27:46).   It was our sin that move our loving God to make "Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Cor. 5:21).  Yes, God surely hates sin, but not nearly as much as He loves us!  Praise the Lord!   

While God hates all sin, there are some sins that He especially abhors.  "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 the brethren" (Prov. 6:16-19).  The word "abomination" means something that is unclean (unholy), detestable, disgusting, or simply abhorrent. The word only appears six times in the New Testament, three in the Synoptic Gospels, and three in Revelation. It appears one hundred thirty-six times in the Old Testament, with one hundred seven found in eight books: the Pentetuech (33), Proverbs (20), Jeremiah (10), and Ezekiel (44). 

Notice that all seven abominable sins are sins are committed by one man against another.  You would think that the most abominable sins, to God, would be those directed toward Him, such as taking His name in vain, but it appears God is more concerned about how we treat each other, than He is about how we treat Him.  Maybe that is why the Apostle Paul could write, "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Gal. 5:14)!

All sin has consequences, whether it is my sin, my neighbor's sin against me, Satan's continuing sin against God and man.  Sin effects our whole world so that nature, like we ourselves, groans for the day there will no longer be storms, earthquakes, disease, draught, or famine (Rom. 8:22-23).

We know we are God's child when we hate sin, and when we love our brethren!     


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