Seven Things That God Hates Series: “A Proud Look” Proverbs 6:16-19

05 Oct

Prov. 6:16-19 (NKJV) These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18A heart that devises  wicked plans,  Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.

What the Book of Psalms is to devotional life, Proverbs is to practical life. Psalms makes the heart warm toward God; Proverbs makes the face shine toward men.

The stated purpose of Proverbs is to impart wisdom (1:1ff.). In addition to being “a book of poetry,” Proverbs is classified as “wisdom literature.” Wisdom has been defined as “the practical application of knowledge”; wisdom in Proverbs includes that, but goes deeper. It is “coming to see things as God sees them.” “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (9:10).

Wisdom is imparted in the book through proverbs. Proverbs were an important teaching tool, since most people could not read and manuscripts were few. Proverbs were easily committed to memory. They were especially useful for teaching the young (note the phrase “my son” in 1:8, 10; 2:1; etc.). Solomon is the main writer of the book (1:1; 10:1; 25:1). Jewish tradition says Solomon wrote the book in middle age. Of the three thousand proverbs he wrote (1 Kings 4:32), these have been preserved.

Part of getting to know someone better is learning one’s likes and dislikes.  In an effort to reveal himself to us, God has told us in Scripture the things he likes and the things he hates. In fact, in Proverbs 6:16-19, God enumerates seven things that he hates.  In the next few weeks, we want to examine these seven things God hates and maybe better understand why he hates them.

A Proud Look . To my knowledge, pride is the first and oldest problem of God’s creation. It was the downfall of Satan (1 Timothy 3:6 NIV)  He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.). It had a role in the downfall of man: (Genesis 3:6 NIV)  When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

(1 John 2:16 NIV)  For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world).

Our society associates the number 13 with “bad luck.”  There are at least 13 passages in the book of Proverbs condemning pride.  (Proverbs 8:13 NIV)  To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.(Proverbs 11:2 NIV)  When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

(Proverbs 13:10 NIV)  Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. (Proverbs 14:3 NIV)  A fool’s talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.

(Proverbs 15:25 NIV)  The LORD tears down the proud man’s house but he keeps the widow’s boundaries intact. (Proverbs 16:5 NIV)  The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

(Proverbs 16:18-19 NIV)  Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. {19} Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.

(Proverbs 21:4 NIV)  Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin! (Proverbs 21:24 NIV)  The proud and arrogant man–” Mocker” is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.

The heart of our wretched rebellion is that each of us wants to be number one. We make ourselves the center of all our thoughts and hopes and imaginings. This vicious lust to be first works its way outward not only in hatred, war, rape, greed, covetousness, malice, bitterness, and much more, but also in self-righteousness, self-promotion, manufactured religions, and domesticated gods.

We ruefully acknowledge how self-centered we are after we have had an argument with someone. Typically, we mentally conjure up a rerun of the argument, thinking up all the things we could have said, all the things we should have said. In such reruns, we always win. After an argument, have you ever conjured up a rerun in which you lost?

Why Pride Is So Bad ?

  1. Pride Will Alienate People. We are in the “people business.” Our job as Christians is to attract people, not repel them. (Luke 14:16-23). Not only will pride cause people to be ambivalent toward us, but will actually move them to opposition.
  2. Pride Makes Us Think We Are Better Than Others. (read Luke 18:9-14).
  3. Pride blinds us to our own faults. (Luke 17:10 NIV)  So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'”
  4. Pride Keeps Us From Work. (Nehemiah 3:5 NIV) The next section was repaired by the men of Tekoa, but their nobles would not put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors.
  5. Pride Will Drive A Wedge Between Us And God. (Psalms 10:4 NIV) In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.

Conclusion: (James 4:10 NIV)  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Doctrine, God


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