THE THINGS GOD HATES - SERIES 3



Yesterday, we discussed the second thing God hates in Series 2 which is 'a lying tongue' according to Proverbs 6 vs. 16 - 19. After then, we did an indepth study and discussed some of the things that could result into lying and we shared Bible Verses on that and we learnt the resultant effect of lying. Today, we will be looking at the third thing God hates.
Let's go back to our Bible Verse(s)

Proverbs 6 vs. 16 - 19

 16 There are six things the Lord hates,
    seven that are detestable to him:
17         haughty eyes,
        a lying tongue,
        hands that shed innocent blood,
18         a heart that devises wicked schemes,
        feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19         a false witness who pours out lies
        and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

3. HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD

What's the synonym of 'hands that shed innocent blood'? Its called 'murder'. Murder is something that is very common in today's society but has gotten a lot of new names that makes it look 'less complicated'. Whether massacre, sucide, inorderly shooting, bombing or whatever it may be called today, its equivalent to murder and it is one of the things the Lord hates.

Looking back to the past, according to the word of God, the first murder was between two brothers - the popular Cain and Abel. Its a popular story and we have become so used to it that we have forgotten to take out the lessons from it. Cain and Abel both brought gifts to God. God accepted Abel's gift but rejected Cain's  gift. Cain got jealous and killed his brother.

Another case of murder in the Bible was the one committed by David. He committed adultery with Uriah's wife and in order for him not to be aware, he intentionally sent him on a journey of no return to the battle front knowing fully well that he will be killed. 

I could go on and on but we have to pick out one lesson from the Bible stories. It is the fact that sin always begat sin. Jealousy on Cain's part begat murder. Adultery and Fear on David's part begat murder. God so hates the shedding of blood that He disallowed King David from building Him a temple. He delegated it to his son, Solomon. This was on account of the fact that david had shed too much blood.

This is to let us know that murder doesn't happen in one day. Anyone can commit murder. It doesn't matter how 'gentle' or 'quiet' the person may appear. Anyone can actually commit murder and God knows this and that's why its included specificallyincluded  amongst the things He hates.

Knowing fully well that sin leads to murder, let's take a look at the people capable of murder or shedding of innocent blood. 

  1. People who lie - When a person lies, the person will want to do everything possible to cover up for himself/herself and the possible things include murder. 
  2. People who steal - When a person steals, if he knows there is a possiblity of being caught, he will want to do anything possible in order to avoid such and anything possible includes murder. 
  3. People who fornicate/ commit adultery - When a person fornicates, he will want to keep it private so that no one knows except he and the person involved and when it seems like his acts would be revealed. He would want to cover up. Cover up includes murder. The same applies to anyone that commits adultery
  4. People who are hypocrites - Hypocrites includes the list of gossip, backbiters, deceivers etc and people who indulge in such will want to keep their hateful talks and thoughts secret. In the process of doing that, murder can come to mind.
  5. People who hate - When a person hates, the person is not too far from committing murder because when you hate something, all what's on your mind is to get absolute rid of it. Absolute rid includes murder
  6. People who revenge - The Lord has stated countless times in the Bible that vengeance is the Lords and we should never try to revenge. So trying to revenge is disobeying God and such a person will want to try all ways possible to get back at the other person. All ways possible includes murder.
        7. People who do not forgive - When a person doesn't forgive and forget, the person builds hateful thoughts in the mind and the only way the person can be free is by getting rid of the person who he/she has in the mind. Getting rid includes murder.

 The list goes on and on and it all balls down to the fact that a sinner is liable to commit murder. Those without Christ are liable to commit murder. Those who have been hurt and refuse to forgive (cases like rape) are liable to murder. People with a broken conscience are liable to murder ( cases include ISIS, Boko Haram etc). And what does God say about it? HE ABSOLUTELY HATES IT!

If you possess any of the attributes above, you are liable to murder. It is that serious. The only way out is to run to God to make you a new creature where you will see life differently. And did I forget anger? Those who are quick to anger are obviously liable to murder because you have to be angry before you intentionally murder someone. And what does the Bible say about murder? Let's look at some Bible Verse

Exodus 20 vs. 13

 You shall not kill.

Leviticus 24 vs. 17

And he that kills any man shall surely be put to death.

 Romans 12 vs. 19

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place to wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, said the Lord.

Revelations 21 s. 8

 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Matthew 5 vs. 21 - 26

 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. ...

1 John 3 vs. 12

 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous.

1 John 3 vs. 15

 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

Mattew 26 vs. 51 - 44

 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”

Deuteronomy 5 vs. 17

 “‘You shall not murder.

John 8 vs. 44

 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Genesis 9 vs. 5 - 6

 And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.

John 10 vs. 10

 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Romans 13 vs. 8 - 10

 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Matthew 5 vs. 38 - 39

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

James 2 vs. 11

 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.

Matthew 27 vs. 5

 And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. (The story of Judas Iscariot killing himself after betraying Jesus Christ. Betrayal begat self murder)

2 Samuel 17 vs. 23

 When Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and went off home to his own city. He set his house in order and hanged himself, and he died and was buried in the tomb of his father.(Frustration begat self murder)

1 Samuel 31 vs. 4

 Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and mistreat me.” But his armor-bearer would not, for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword and fell upon it.(Pride on the part of Saul begat self murder)

We can clearly see from the above Bible Verses that sin always lead to murder and God has clearly warned against murder. An angry man is a man liable of murder. Infact, an angry man is a murderer.

Are you quick to anger?

Do you have an unforgiving spirit?

Do you hate people or anyone presently?

Do you lie a lot?

Are you a thief?

Are you a fornicator or adulterer?

Are you a false witness?

Are you a hypocrite?

Are you a christian but you have backslidded?

Are you a self - acclaimed christian but you are still struggling with any of these sins? 

Basically, are you a sinner?

Your time of salvation is now. REPENT! May God help us all in Jesus Name. AMEN!

Keep a date with the blog tomorrow as we discuss the fourth God hates in series four. Have a Good Evening!

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