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SOWERS OF DISCORD

PROVERBS: 6:16-19

These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him.

A proud look, a lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.

Why do we do it?

We do it for many different reasons; sometimes it is to feel superior to others, for some it is a way of gaining acceptance to an exclusive clique or others because of jealousy. I’m talking about the need some people feel, to be against something. Have you ever fallen into this snare? Maybe you know someone who has.

“A proud look.’‘ The literal is eyes of loftiness. It is the attitude that overvalues self and undervalues others. This is pride. It is that thought of the heart, that little look and that turn of the face, that flash of the eye which says you are better than someone else. God says, “I hate it.” It is number one on His list. He puts it ahead of murder and ahead of drunkenness. God hates the proud look. It’s no rocket science that “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3)

“A lying tongue!” Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man. Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal faithfully are His delight.

“Hands that shed innocent blood” Murder is something that is easy to understand as being wrong. God has always opposed murder. It is listed as one of the things that God finds abominable in Proverbs 6:16-19. The word abominable has an interesting meaning; it literally means something that makes you sick to your stomach. God is not a physical being who has a stomach to be made ill, but the word conveys the idea that God finds murder a disgusting concept.

Look at what is happening to our society today. People are killing each other or others causing death to others every day. For the love of what?

“A heart that devises wicked plans” When we think of “a heart that devises wicked plans,” we might be tempted to think of deliberately planning to harm others—and that is certainly a major application of this truth. Since we are commanded to be considerate of others, failure to do so is in some ways the same as deliberately planning to disregard others. Do you know why the world was destroyed by a flood in old days? All that man thought of was evil continually: God loathes this!

“Feet that are swift in running to evil” In the things that God specifically hates, we have reached the sin of “feet that make haste to run to evil” (Proverbs 6:18). The description is not of feet that accidentally stumble upon wickedness, but of an eagerness on the part of the sinner to involve himself in things that bring harm and pain to others.

“A false witness who speaks lies” Liars tell lies, but the false witness also includes those who may tell the truth, but are malicious people who therefore “lie” against the truth. When liars lie, they are false witnesses, but not all false witnesses tell lies (notwithstanding that they still “lie” against the truth). A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.  My son, keep your father’s command, And do not forsake the law of your mother.  Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck.

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