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. 5 - Foot Loose
Lists are a part of life. Lists on paper. Lists on your phone. Lists are supposed to keep us ordered. Lists represent what we believe are important or at least what we don't want to forget or overlook. I think that is why this list we have been examining is so important. Most of us don't even know it exists. It is a list we need to know about so that we make sure that we avoid it at all costs . . . God's Blacklist! Solomon takes the time to put the list in writing so that we won't overlook it and realize just how important it is to know.
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.
We dealt with proud eyes, lying, and heavy hands and a heart that devises wicked schemes. Eyes, tongue, hands, heart and now feet. Solomon states that God hates it when we use our feet to rush quickly into evil. He makes it clear that it isn't enough to only monitor what we say and see but we must also be diligent about where we step!
We should have a foot fetish!
Most people I know think feet are ugly. Think about it. Feet are constantly exposed to dirt. Feet are the place of contact with the mire, dust, and muck that we walk through daily. So, we often spend our time thinking about more glamorous parts like our hands, our mouth, or our mind. But the writers of Scripture encourage us to have a foot fetish! When you do even a quick study of Scripture it is apparent that our feet are extremely important.
Last week when talking to you about our heart I mentioned that Solomon addressed the heart in Proverbs 4. Low and behold he also addresses feet in Proverbs 4:26-27. He said, "Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil." Solomon is literally saying that the direction of our feet determine the direction of our soul!
His father before him, David, also had a foot fetish. In fact, David begins the Psalms talking about feet! Psalms 1:1 - How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
Psalms 37:23 - The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way.
Steps of righteous man are ordered so if our feet run to evil, then we must intentionally choose a different path from the one chosen for us by God.
Ephesians 5:8, 15-16 "for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. "