Pathways Through Proverbs
April 6, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 6
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- My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
- Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
- Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
- Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
- Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
- Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
- Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
- Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
- How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
- Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
- So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
- A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
- He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
- Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
- Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
- 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 brethren.
- My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
- Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
- When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
- For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
- To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
- Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
- For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
- Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
- Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
- So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
- Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
- But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
- But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
- A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
- For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
- He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
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Jehovah is a loving God. Not only does He love those who have received His Son as Savior, He even loves those who have rejected Christ, for Jesus died for them as well. In fact, twice in I John 4 we read that God is love. Therefore it can be unchallenged that God loves the world.
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Some misguided folks believe that God's love means that He allows people to do whatever they please, without any rebuke or judgement. This is certainly not the case. The fact that God cares about the souls of men does not mean that he ignores the sins of men. In today's pathway we read that there are things that God actually hates. Seven particular iniquities will be spelled out in the following three verses. The principle we need to see here is that God is not some doting grandfather-type Being sitting in Heaven smiling down at everything He sees. He hates sin, particularly those mentioned in Proverbs 6, and He will deal with that sin appropriately.
How does the fact that God hates sin affect me? First of all, it makes me realize that His love does not supercede His holiness. The Lord's holiness is absolute, and the fact that He loves men does not mean that He will allow His character to be blemished or defiled. Second, it makes me appreciate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ all the more. God hated the sins that man committed, yet He still offered His Son on the cross to pay for our sin debt. Most of us would be hesitant to sacrifice much even for those who please us, yet Jesus sacrificed His life for those who committed acts that He hated. What a wonderful, holy, and loving Lord He is!
Pastor Mark J Montgomery