THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

Program Air Date - 7-6-08

LESSON TITLE: "THE THINGS WHICH GOD HATES: HOW CAN GOD HATE?"

WELCOME

Isaiah once proclaimed, "by His stripes we are healed." Praise be to God for this wondrous truth. Good morning and welcome to the Living Word program on this wondrous Lord's Day morning! Thank you for joining us today as we commit this time to the things of God. Together we will have the privilege to study from God's Holy Word and to sing praises to His wonderful name. Let's each do our part this morning in making this time of offering acceptable in His sight. Will you bow with me in prayer at this time?

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This morning I would like to bring an area Gospel Meeting to your attention. The Oldfield Church of Christ will be hosting this time of growth beginning July 7-13. Let me encourage you all to be a part of this meeting which starts at 7:30 each evening. If you need further information feel free to contact this congregation directly, or us here at the Living Word. We are always here to help.

It's time to join in our songs of praise. So, won't you participate in worshiping God by singing our first song of the morning. The name of the song, "Anywhere With Jesus."

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DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

At the beginning of the program, we mentioned an excerpt from one of the most beautiful prophecies in the Bible is found in Isaiah 53:5. There this prophet foretells the great sacrifice of Christ, to those who would never actually know the savior. There he says, "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed."

How often do we forget today the great sacrifice that Christ fulfilled for us by going to the cross? Consider the facts mentioned in the verse we just read, "He was wounded for us." Think of the suffering that Christ endured on the cross. This suffering was physical and agonizing, even to the point of having thorns pressed on his head and a spear being pierced in His side. Isaiah further went on to say that He was "bruised for our sins." Remember back in Genesis when Moses recorded that the serpent would bruise His head. Christ was beaten, put in the grave and suffered death due to our infirmities. However, He also crushed the head of Satan, when He conquered death by raising from the dead.

The peace, hope, and salvation that He brought us was only possible through His punishment and sacrifice. Thus, Isaiah finished his thoughts with, "by His stripes we are healed." We often forget that even before Christ suffered the ultimate sacrifice on the cross, He was beaten, spat upon, and cursed by God's own people.

What a wondrous and great sacrifice Christ made for each of us. May we never forget that it is only because of His perfect sacrifice that we are able today, to know Him and to become obedient to His will? It was the Hebrew writer that said, "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

The fact is, Jesus Christ our savior, is the one who completed our faith through the things that He suffered. So, when was the last time you thanked God and His Son for this great sacrifice made for all of us. May we all take more time to realize what has truly been done for us and may we also use this as motivation to make us better servants in His Kingdom.

Today, we will begin a new series of study together entitled, "The Things Which God Hates." Our first topic of the day answers the question, "How can God hate?" So please continue with us this morning and after our next song together I will return with our main thoughts from God's Word. But for now, won't you join in with the brethren at this time as we sing the song, "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross."

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LESSON

By Ray Sullins

In Proverbs chapter 6 beginning in verse 16 the Bible says, "These six things that 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 the brethren."

We're glad you continued with us this morning as we begin a new series of study to look at those things the Bible says that God hates. You might be surprised just how often the Bible speaks about this concept of hate and just how often the Bible actually refers to the idea that God hates or that the people of God would hate something or certain things. And so I think it is important for us to look at this concept of hate and to understand that hate is something that is a reality in our world. God hates and the world hates. In fact you might even recall with me in Galatians chapter 5, "Amongst the works of the flesh," those things that are wrong and sinful. The idea of hatred is mentioned. And so our first lesson this morning is actually going to be about the fact and answering the question, "Why does God hate? And really is it right that God hates?" For on one hand we know who God is. He is a great, a mighty, pure, holy, righteous, perfect in every way. He is God. But then hatred is something that we would associate with wickedness or evil or worldliness or things that are not good or righteous at all. Yet, it says, that God hates.

If you really look at the word itself, the concept of hate, I think sometimes we apply much more to it than really is there. To hate is just simply a strong dislike for something. To dislike something. So do we not have a right to strongly dislike things? Certainly we have a right and as well God would have that right.

There are other words in the Bible sometimes that are misunderstood in the very same way, words that really we would attribute and say, "Well, God can't be like that, such as anger." But then the Bible says that "God becomes angry," and even "Jesus was angry." So what we begin to see is that there are attitudes or even attributes that are not good for man to participate in if they demonstrate them or act upon them in a way that is wrong or negative or ungodly. But at the same time, the same ideas such as anger, such as hate are often seen as something even by God for as we look at the simple root or concept of the word, there are some things that are obvious, some things that are just reality as we have that right to dislike or as we have that right to become mad at things that certainly are not right.

So as we look together and we consider the fact of hate, we know what the difference is between good hate and bad hate. We are going to learn further about that distinction as well in knowing that certainly although the world hates in an improper way and that hatred is based on crime and thus bringing about sometimes murders or even killings, the idea of war, sometimes based on jealousies or discriminations. Certainly there is hatred we know that is wrong, that is unacceptable, that is ungodly, unrighteous and cannot be a part of one who claims to love God.

But on the other hand, there is the hatred spoken of as that which is righteous, that which is acceptable.

Do we find unacceptable hate in the Bible? Yes! We find examples of it. We can go all the way back even to Genesis 37 and verse 4 and we find there that Joseph was hated by his brothers. Why? The verse there says that, "Because his father loved him and showed him really that love more than the others," and so they hated him.

David was hated by his brother in 1 Samuel chapter 17 when he came there to the battlefield lines and his brother called him one who certainly "was arrogant," and he envied his brother and it says there again the idea that he had against him was "a hatred, a dislike against his own brother."

We also find in John 15 and 18 that even Jesus spoke of the hatred of the world against Him and He was warning the disciples actually that as they had hated, as they had hated Him they also would hate His followers.

Then I also think about one other example in Egypt. Do you remember when Joseph there brought his brothers into the house and he was feeding them? Do you remember what it said? "It was an abomination for the Egyptians to eat with Hebrews." And why? There again the concept is clearly given. It was something because they hated or disliked that people. They did not feel they were worthy as humans or equal as humans.

And so we know what hatred is. So now to understand what righteous hatred is let's look to the Word of God.

Who is God? Well, we have already distinguished God as a God of love, perfection, purity, righteousness, holiness, and so on and so forth. But God is the Creator of all. So how could God hate an individual or a person that He has what? That He Himself has created and that He has placed within that individual a soul, an eternal soul.

I think we can go to the Bible and clearly find the idea that God loves the souls of men. We've mentioned many times and know of the beautiful verse there in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him..." Not a specific people or a certain people, but "whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life."

No doubt that's why in 2 Peter 3 and verse 9 we read about the fact that "the Lord is not slack concerning His promises as some men count slackness, but His longsuffering toward us not willing that any should perish, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." You see God wants all men to be saved. So therefore, when He sent His Son to sacrifice Himself certainly we know that Jesus died for whoever believed. Jesus died for whoever would not perish because of their obedience. Jesus died for all man to be saved, to seek and to save anyone who was lost on this earth.

We even find in Galatians and other places that it didn't matter whether that individual was Jew or Greek, whether that individual was slave or free, male or female. It doesn't matter, in Christ Jesus, guess what it says in chapter 3. "All are one in Jesus." That's why He died, to give us that opportunity.

So certainly God is not a hater of man. He made man. He made all things. So what is it then that God hates? I think the best way to describe it is not so much in hating the individual as much as in hating unrighteousness or sin. You see, on one hand we have God. On the other hand, we have wickedness and evil and everything contrary to God and so we say that God is all of this and the opposite is over here. So certainly God being the righteous and perfection over here is going to hate anything that is what? Opposite of Him. And so again not hating the sinner, God hates the sin. What does that tell us about our own lives, our own selves? Should we hate others? The Bible speaks of a brotherly love, a requirement to love our brethren, but we can hate the sin that they practice and we can hate the sin that they engage in for sin is contrary to God.

What does the Bible say about sin? It says there in James chapter 1 that, "It is the allowing of our own desires to conceive and bring about sin." Why? We act on those desires that are not godly, that are not righteous.

Other verses talk about "sin being lawlessness" in 1 John there in chapter 3 and verse 4.

In Matthew 15 we read about the fact that "sin is a transgression of God's law." God's law again is perfection. Sin is anything that is the opposite contrary, going against the law of God. So how could God love it? Certainly He has to strongly dislike it. Certainly He has to hate it.

We also read about the concept of sin in relationship to Satan and how that it is Satan himself that is engaged in sin and so therefore how could God love Satan, the works of Satan or those who do such? (1 John 3:8)

Then also the idea of Isaiah 59 where it says that, "Sin has separated us from God." Transgression, lawlessness separates us. So how could God love the fact that I or anyone do sin? Well certainly He doesn't for sin divides us, pulls us away, separates us, drives a wall between us and our Creator.

So wouldn't it be natural then that God hates certain things that are contrary to His Will? The answer then is "Yes!" It is the soul that sins, that dies (Ecclesiastes 18:20). It is not the individual that God hates. It is the sin that He hates and then it is the choice of the individual to continue in sin that causes God then to see that that individual is eternally lost.

The final point this morning is the idea that we must understand that as those who follow God, as God hates sin, we must hate sin as well.

There are several texts that we could turn to but we might just briefly turn to 1 John. We've mentioned several verses from 1 John there and chapter 3 and it is because he deals so much with this idea of sin and it being lawlessness. Beginning there in verse 4. How do we know if one is of God or of sin? Well clearly the idea is given in verse 10. "In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest. Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God. The one who practices unrighteousness is of (who?) Satan." Then he even mentions the idea, "Nor is anyone who hates his brother." See we can't hate or dislike or not love our brethren that we see, that God made with souls. God doesn't hate them. What we hate are their actions that are contrary to the Will of God.

We're going to go over also to the book of Galatians that we made a quick reference to earlier. There in Galatians 5 we said, "Amongst the works of the flesh is the idea of hatred," in verse 20. But what is the distinction between the walking in the spirit and the walking in the flesh? It speaks in verse 17, "For the flesh lusts against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh and these are contrary to one another so that you do not do the things that you wish." Next verse; verse 18, "But if you are led by the spirit then you are not under the law." Then he said, "Here are the works of the flesh. Don't do them." Why? Verse 21, "Those who practice such things will not, can not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the spirit, only good righteous things," beginning there in verse 22. And notice what it says in verse 24. "And those who are of Christ have crucified the flesh and the passions and desires and they now live in the spirit and walk in the spirit." There again we have the two different ideas. Godliness, righteousness, perfection. Evil, wickedness, things of Satan and the Devil.

Therefore, what is our choice? It is to be like God. It is to follow God. Therefore anything or anyone that chooses not to is that which is hated, that which is contrary to Him and that which is despised by even God Himself as we have read. "There are six things God hates, seven that are actually an abomination." The idea of an abomination shows us as we see in each of those sins of Proverbs that God despises them. Why? They are contrary to His law. They are contrary to what He has commanded of His people.

Now let me mention a few other verses throughout the Old Testament that talk about the fact that there is a time to hate.

You might remember there in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 and verse 8 it mentions "a time to do this and a time not to do it." Well one of the things that is mentioned is hate. He says, "There is a time to love..." and guess what, "a time to hate." You see there are things that we can hate, wicked, sinful, evil, horrendous, contrary to God things that are to have no part of the walk of one who loves God.

The Psalmist David in Psalm 97 and verse 10 said that, "We must hate evil for (what?) God, the Lord hates evil."

In Psalm 119:104 he says, "We are to hate every false way."

There again in the same Psalm he says, "We are to hate the double-minded."

Another example in Psalm 119:163, "We are to hate those who lie." Why? Why do we hate such things? They are not of God. "The child of God who is known of God," as it says there in 1 John 3, "is the one who practices godliness, righteousness, the things of God." So therefore we cannot practice sin and expect that we'll be considered by God as acceptable or righteous.

We must hate those things contrary to God and as we hate them and despise them, let's ourselves not practice them but let's also teach others to not practice them as well.

Won't you do what God commands today and to live lives that are faithful in His sight being willing to do in all things those things that are righteous, turning away from hatred and wickedness of the world but only hating those things as God would hate them. Therefore living according to His Will that we might have everlasting life.

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CLOSING COMMENTS

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May we all be aware that there are things that God does hate and that He will not accept? Then let's stay away from these things and organize our lives in such a way as to be pleasing in His sight!

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