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Lesson # Prov. 6:16-19
Study Material - Prov. 6:16-19
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16 There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.
When we think of the worst possible sins, we generally consider those that are related to morality like sexual freedom demonstrated by a 'loose' society. Or perhaps we think of lies or murder as being really bad. But of these sins and many more, only seven sins cover all the possible sins that can manifest themselves in mankind. From these are born the seeds of all other sins.
David herein lists those seven worst sins which are basically categories of huge webs of sins that can consume each person. They are: Arrogance, Slander, Murder, Deceptiveness, Troublemaker, Gossip, Maligner. Of these three are mental those being arrogance, deceit and the motivation of a troublemaker. Three are verbal, slander, gossip, and maligning. And one is overt, murder.
The source of all sin and the granddaddy of them all is arrogance. Pride welling up from within the soul. Conceit, contempt for others, giving others no room for their position or opinion. Arrogance establishes standards for itself, and other standards for others. If those standards do not meet the demands of the arrogant person, the standards are changed for the convenience of the arrogant person. The arrogant person is flexible in the way he deals with his own opinions and inflexible with regard to the needs of others. No matter what sin you commit its source somewhere back inside, is arrogance. Arrogance merely states that its way is better than Gods way. God has overlooked its needs and demands, therefore arrogance manifests itself in some form of sin pattern either more mental sins such as hate or revenge, or some verbal sins such as lying about others to get even, or merely to cause them harm, or some form of overt sin like vandalism, theft, or worse. Even changing the rules in a race in order to win is a manifestation of arrogance. Arresting arrogance in ones life will place all other sin under control, but arrogance is so subtle at times that it might not be recognized, especially for the unbeliever or negative believer. The positive believer, one who studies Bible doctrine comes to recognize arrogance and its many forms, and therefore can maintain control in his own life. Arrogance begins in the soul. It is a mental sin.
Slander is an attempt to destroy others with lies, usually in the form of truths distorted and twisted. It renders harm to others in the opinions others might make of the intended victim, based on the slanderous lies spread by those who initiated the lie. Slander is promoted usually by someone who is out and out boastful. They hate a person so much but they are really cowards and will not confront the victim straight on. They initiate their attack by words and invade the freedom and privacy of another from their undocumented statements. They think they can cover their tracks and deny their comments after the damage has already been done to the victim. Victims have little recourse in the matter, except that they do have Bible doctrine, and God will eventually turn those lies back onto its source. Slander is intended to bring harm by the use of others as pawns in the manipulation of truth and the perception of truth with respect to the victim. Slander comes from the tongue. It is a verbal sin not violent, but certainly could incite violence.
Murder is one of the worst sins. It takes away the freedom of choice in ones destiny in life. Terminating life, murder prevents one from continuing toward a positive conclusion in a spiritual life, or in a negative conclusion in a miserable life of choice. Of course God knows your motives and thoughts, and if God wants a victim to remain alive, then no one can bring a murder to bear on that victim. What God does not want removed, cannot be removed. Likewise if you are a disgusting individual and God has terminated you life, then perhaps becoming a murder victim will be your path into eternity. Murder is an overt sin and certainly violent in nature. It seeks to do what thoughts and words could not do. It is an emotional reaction to frustration or certainly an insecure or unstable life.
Deceit is a more artful sin pattern. The design to manipulate others when they are not aware of their participation in a sinful activity. Deceit fools and takes advantage of others. It plots evil and is crafty in the methods of effecting a plan to take from others and contribute to the deceitful person. It hides truths, it shades defects, it provides appearances that are not what they seem to be. The victim is swallowed up and discovers his loss too late.
The trouble maker is reckless in his motives. Neither deceitful nor bold, the trouble maker has only one goal, to get for himself and at whatever expense it might cause others is of no concern. These people are constantly running here and there with no apparent rhyme or reason causing trouble. Their motives are generally not defined well. Their sin nature drives them so completely that they have no cohesive plan or goal, they are just random in their lifestyle, lacking shame, remorse, or concern for the loss they cause to others.
The gossip who bears false witness, hides in the shadows and seeks to control or destroy others from their anonymity. Cowards to say the least, they wish to start lies and circulate them via as many other people as they can. Unlike the slanderer who is more bold and cares nothing for hiding his identity, the gossip is a whisperer, an inventor of truth. Truth according to them. Facts do not matter. They will twist the facts, or even invent the facts to suit their purpose. The better, the more juicy the imagined facts are, the better the gossip. Truth is never the issue, only the destruction of the victim, at any cost. The gossip promotes them self, in their little circle of friends, by the attention they gain in their spreading of the gossip.
Yet another verbal sin is that of judging. Maligning others to sow discord and create adversarial situations is a culmination of the seven sins and abominations that are disgusting to God, against which He has specific policies of judgment and punishment. Maligning is more heated words which seek to rally others in the fight and to bring even those victims to a boil in their soul and cause them to sin as well, by reacting in retaliation in the same fashion or in a more aggressive fashion. Maligning can escalate into a broad set of sins. Its mischief brings neighbors and their passions to confrontation with one another. It brings about long term hate, or ill feelings, which are often difficult to overcome. Families fall apart because of this type of judging. Parents and siblings get on their stubborn 'no talk' attitude for years, with nothing gained by the reaction. Maligning can lead to tightly closed attitudes and an inflexibility in resolving the differences. Forgiveness is thrown out the window and reconciliation is difficult if not impossible.
These seven sins are revealed by David to demonstrate that the world is not merely comprised of worthless people, or lazy people as previously mentioned in this proverb, but there is a vast array of sins out there which can entrap anyone of us and can bring doom to out lives. God detests all sin, but the sources of sin, if caught early and identified early can lead one to quick confession to God and an establishment of fellowship in ones life. Maintaining short accounts in ones life, with respect to sin, is our best defense and protection to avoiding a miserable life, and helps us to avoid Gods certain judgment and punishment of those sin patterns.
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