An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Love Antithesis

(Proverbs 6:16 KJV)  These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

Are there only “six things” (8337) that the Lord “hates” (8130)?  Of course not.  If you follow the word through the Old Testament you can find actions and attitudes to add to the list.  The meaning of the word would seem pretty obvious.  The problem we run into are the feelings-focused people who reject the idea that the God who is love could also hate.  Yet it clearly says He does.

One of the most interesting translations of the word I found is also in Proverbs.
(Proverbs 30:23 KJV)  For an odious (8130) woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
The NASB words it a differently,
(Proverbs 30:23 NAS77)  Under an unloved (8130) woman when she gets a husband, And a maidservant when she supplants her mistress.
It would seem that hatred is a suspension of love because the object is so repulsive.  This obviously does not refer to the offensiveness of our sin.
(Romans 5:8 KJV)  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
It is the product of a continual and lifelong rejection of the love of God.

So?  Are you loved or hated?  God extends His loving grace to all.  If we don’t respond that leaves only the condition of withdrawn love.  Rejoice or repent. 

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