“He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.” – Proverbs 26:24-27
Jesus tells us in 1 John 3:15 that “whoever hateth his brother is a murderer” in God’s eyes and will not inherit eternal life. In other words, you can’t hate someone and be saved. However, the above mentioned proverb goes a bit further in explaining why this is so. Though a murder may disassemble a body with his hands, this proverb tells us that he who hates an other disassembles the body with his mouth.
“That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” – 1 Corinthians 12:25-27
Our opening proverb goes on to say that when this person speaks fairly, believe him not for he hides seven abominations in his heart. What are these seven abominations used by this spiritual murderer to disassemble the body of Christ? The answer to that can be found in an earlier proverb.
“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” – Proverbs 6:16-19
They that carry these abominations in their heart speak flatteries and tell great tails to gain people’s favor, drawing them to their side, all the while sporting a proud look, arrogantly speaking lies, attacking the innocent, manipulating people and situations, they love to seek out small offenses or mischief so they can stir them up, baring false witness and made-up accusations against those that are a threat to exposing them, causing division and discord among the brethren.
Why is the devil so set on causing discord? Because he knows that “a threefold cord is not easily broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). So he must unravel and divide the cord to weaken it enough to be broken. There is strength in numbers and agreement in the spirit and every time scripture records believers being in one accord God showed up and miracles took place.
“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” – Matthew 18:19-20
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” – Acts 2:1-4
1 Peter 5:8 tells us to be vigilant because Satan is like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (disassemble). Lions hunt by causing discord among a heard or flock. Put quite simply, they divide and conquer. Once they have caused division in the flock they look for easy pray and typically pick off the young, the wounded, and the weak. This is why it’s so important to “forsake not the assembly” (Hebrews 10:25), because being the hate filled liar and murderer that he is (John 8:44), Satan’s goal is to disassemble the body.
“Let us not be found guilty of aiding the enemy in this goal. For “Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.” – Proverbs 26:20
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” – 1 Corinthians 1:10
Lastly, it is important to note that to those who may choose to allow Satan to use them in this ungodly manner, being filled with selfishness and hatred, becoming spiritual predators and murderers among the flock, our opening text ends with a harsh warning. No matter how well you hide your hearts intents, no matter how many lies you cover yourself with, no matter how many flatteries you spew out, “be sure your sins will find you out” in a very public way. Stating, he “Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.” (Proverbs 26:27)
“For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.” – Luke 8:17
“…behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.” – Numbers 32:23