Summary: We are familiar with lists. To Do Lists, shopping lists, Santa's Naughty List. We know God has lists. The 10 Commandments, Fruit of the Spirit, Gifts of the Spirit. . . but are we familiar with God's "Blacklist"?
Pt. 2 - Tongue Tangled
Lists are a part of life. Lists on paper. Lists on your phone. Lists are supposed to keep us ordered. "To Do Lists" and "Honey Do Lists". They are supposed to keep us on track . . . "Shopping Lists". There are lists you want to have . . . "Bucket Lists" and "Wish Lists". There are lists you want to be on the "No call list" and lists you definitely do not want to be on God's Blacklist. That's right most of us are not even aware of the fact that God has a blacklist, but He does. We are not aware of this list because we tend to focus so strongly on God as love. It is the premier attribute He has when it comes to His dealings with us. It is the attribute that shields us from what we deserve. It is the attribute that motivated the greatest gift that could be given . . . His Son. God is love and we should be thankful for that. So with the intense focus on His love when we are then told that God hates something we should be inclined to sit up and take notice.
We should be diligent to know His blacklist so that we avoid it at all costs. Let's read God's Blacklist!
There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Solomon using strong language, dropping the "H" Bomb says that God hates six things and then adds a seventh thing that is detestable.
Today we will talk about two of these together because they are connected by a common thread . . . the tongue. Solomon says that God hates a lying tongue and then almost repeats it again when he says God hates a false witness who pours out lies. Think about that one second . . . Solomon is attempting to pare down everything in the universe that God literally hates and lying or being untruthful not only makes the list, but it gets mentioned twice! Instead of taking that spot and finding another item that we know causes destruction like drunkenness, divorce, stealing, or any other vice the wise man says twice that God cannot stand, literally despises . . . hates lying!
I think it is essential for us to understand why lying is so big of a deal to God.
Truth is foundational.
Our basis for trust in God is truth. If He wasn't truth, then we would be in trouble. Every promise, every declaration, everything including salvation is suspect if we call into question God's ability to be true. So, He is committed to and partial to truth. In fact, one of the statements that we hang our hat on when God says something that is difficult to believe is that "He is not a man that He should lie!" "There is no shadow of turning in Him!" I don't know about you, but I am thankful that when God says, "He loves me, knows me, can use me, is guarding me, is guiding me, is providing for me, is healing me" and countless other promises that I can take Him at His word.