The Lord's Hatred

'Come now, and let us reason together,'
Says the
'Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.'”

This morning my bible readings led me to some interesting thoughts about the cross and God's love. Too often I think we as Christians see God within His attribute of love and yet we do not spend an equal amount of time on His attribute of hate. In just making that statement I may have offended some of you since God is perfect and it would seem wrong for me to say that God is hateful at all. But hear me out on this and I hope to bring us to agreement through God's word.

First, read the following two sets of verses which each talk about a hatred both God the Father and God the Son have:

These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.”
Proverbs 6:16-19

But to the Son He says:
'Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
have loved righteousness and
hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.'”
Hebrews 1: 8-9

The Old Testament reference to “hatred” is the word is in the verb form of perfect simple action that shows ones violent hatred towards a foe, and in this case it is God's perfect hatred towards the foe of the world – Satan and all the evil that comes forth from his unrighteousness and which is present in each of us since the fall of mankind. God the Father is then One who must act out on the hatred of this foe and all evil that it produces – that is the perfection of His hatred towards His enemy and the works of His enemy.

The New Testament reference to “hated” is a bit different though as it refers to a specific action that is directed towards the hatred of something, and in this case it is hatred against everything that goes against the law of the Lord, or again righteousness. This specific act we as Christian know is the act of sacrifice that the Son made on the cross, the perfect and final act that destroyed sin and made its final blow against the lawlessness of this world and the instigator of it.

Theses slight differences, broken down int their original meanings of “hate”, not only show that both the Father and the Son each have a hatred for unrighteousness, or sin, but they also show the unique role each of them has in how God deals with the sin in our lives and how He balances it with His love for us. To say that God is love and not recognize His hatred of sin is to deny the entire character of God. If God were all love then there would have been no need for the cross. But as we see above, God's hatred for sin is equally a part of Him as His love for mankind and His entire creation.

Jesus is the One who is the anointed ruler over the lawless deeds of this world. By His work on the cross, He assumed His throne over unrighteousness and covered each of us in our sinfulness so that through Him we can come to the Father and not receive the indignation the Father would have to administer to us as a product of His character. Instead the work Jesus did on the cross allows us to receive His perfect love and mercy, things we truly should have no right to considering our condition.

Yes, God is love. But His love does not come from His overlooking our sin. The love of the Lord is more complicated then just overlooking offense after offense. What the love of the Lord really looks like is Jesus hanging on the cross, mutilated beyond recognition as a human being. Such a deep hatred God has for sin that the brutal sacrifice of His only Son is what He was willing to offer so that His hatred could be quench and we could once again become holy in His sight.

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10

It is good to remember that there is nothing we can do on our own to remove God's hatred towards our sinful state. We could live lives that are so close to perfect, so full of penance, so ritually devout, and still never come anywhere close to the work that is necessary to bring us before the Lord perfectly clean and holy. Jesus' work on the cross is what we must accept, it is what we must be always thankful for above anything else, and it is what we need to remember each time we to come before the Lord in holy fear because it is a gift that we could never earn and which we for sure do not deserve.


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