“Things That Do Not Please God”
- The author uses a literary style to draw special attention to
his list of things that displease God. (16)
- Notice he begins with the number six, and immediately
changes to seven.
- The number seven is used in scripture for emphasis, or
- Notice that there are six things God hates, but the
seventh thing He finds detestable.
- The author lists the six things that God hates (17-19)
- Pride (17)
- Dishonesty (17)
- Murder (17)
- Planning and devising evil (18)
- Willingness to rush into evil (18)
- A false witness (19a)
- The author ends with the one item that God both hates and
finds detestable (19b)
- On the surface, this item of stirring up dissension among
brothers may not seem as bad as some of the others.
- However, when looked at from God’s perspective, and
from the damage it causes, the severity begins to make sense.
- Therefore, the literary style of bringing attention to this
particular evil is justified.
- We must also note that this seventh sin not only causes more
damage, but is more common among the people of God, and
therefore less noticed.
- We must also note that all of the above six sins are present
when the seventh sin is committed.
- By emphasizing this infraction the way the poet does, speaks
volumes concerning the repentance and change of heart that
is needed among God’s people.
- The recognition of the sin, its repentance, and change will mean
the promotion of unity
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