Summary: The seven things God hates.
Passage: Proverbs 6:16-19
Title: The Eyes
Interesting Statement: “The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.” Jerome
Introduction: The writer of Proverbs chapter six outlines a “six/seven” pattern of crooked actions – 6 acts the Lord hates, the last one (7) being an abomination. The purpose of this numerical pattern is to bring us to an understanding of what truly gets under the Lord’s skin. While these serve as a warning for us in our striving to honor the Lord, we must remember that whenever a warning is issued, a way to be restored follows as God alone has the ability to save us. Remember what He told Job, “He will deliver you from six troubles; in seven no evil shall touch you.” (Job 5:19). Let’s take a look at the first, the “haughty eyes” (also known as a “proud look”).
#1: The Problem - “Haughty Eyes” (Probers 6:16a)
• Explanation: The actual Hebrew word “haughty” is literally “eyes of loftiness”. Later in Proverbs we learn that there “is a generation who’s eyes are lofty… their eyelids are lifted up.” (Proverbs 30:13). God “hates” this. Some other things we know about those with "eyes elated" (3 Things about Pride)…
o It was the first sin – Pride may be the first mentioned as it was the first sin committed – Once by Satan and then again by Adam. Pride is a principal evil in human nature as it is ourselves claiming that we are greater than God and do not need His help.
o It is an action – The prideful look down on others, categorizing them as unworthy to have any merit or favor. Furthermore “haughty eyes” fail to see that another can receive the same grace offered by God through the death and resurrection of Christ. Because of these actions, God, “resists the proud” (James 4:6).
o It can be seen – The pride of the heart is evident in the eyes or by the looks of a man through traits like rudeness, arrogance, discourtesy and self-importance.
• Illustration: If you go online and ask, “Who was the most prideful person who ever lived?” a young girl answered well. “I met him in college. His name was Brandon. He wasn’t all that.” // Perhaps we’re all Brandon…
• Application: The Bible declares, “Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I (God) will not endure.” (Psalm 101:5 ESV) “Haughty eyes (a proud heart)… are all sin.” (Proverbs 21:4 NLT) How do I tell if I struggle with pride? Six questions…
1. Do I only see/find only the faults of others? – The prideful fail to see their own faults, looking to the faults of others to feel better about themselves.
i. “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3 ESV