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God’s Hate is Probably Not What You Think

Jul 13 – Jul 26, 2023
eva j brock

In Proverbs 6:16-19, the Bible list the things that God hates, i.e., 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. But does God really ‘hate’ those things? Let’s examine:

When the Bible says that God hated Esau and loved Jacob, it does not mean 'hated' or 'loved' as humans have defined these words. It simply means that God rejected Esau's lineage and accepted Jacob's to bring His son through.
But look how God treated Esau, who our mistranslated Bible says that He hated:
How do I know this? When we hate some one we deem them to be our enemies and are often meanspirited towards them. In many cases we become a snare or stumbling block at every turn. Over the centuries, many have murdered people of different races, colors, religions, creeds, and sexual preferences, because of the ‘hate’ in their supposedly ‘God-fearing’ hearts. More often than not those murders have been deemed righteous killings.

But look how God treated Esau, who our mistranslated Bible says that He hated:

“Then the Lord said to me (Moses), ‘You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north. Give the people these orders, ‘You are about to pass through the territory of your relatives the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. They will be afraid of you, but be very careful. Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given ‘Esau’ the hill country of Seir as his own. You are to pay them in silver for the food you eat and the water you drink.’” (~Deuteronomy 2:4-5 NIV)

In other words, do not steal or pillage anything of theirs. As you can see, although God rejected Esau, He provided a swath of land to him, and his descendants, in the same manner that He did Jacob and his. In addition, He forbid Jacob’s descendants (the Israelites) from trespassing on, or attempting to take Esau’s land.

He gave the same warning to the Israelites regarding the land that He had given Lot, and his descendants, “Then the LORD said to me, ‘Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, because I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as their possession. (~Deuteronomy 2:9 NIV)

Of course, those stiff-necked Israelites didn't listen and three of the tribes (i.e., Gad, Rueben, and one half of Manasseh’s tribe) settled on a portion of land outside the land that God gave them. That act of disobedience set off years of war between the Israelites and their relatives, Lot’s descendants.

When God finally stepped in, He did not take the Israelites side, even though they were His chosen. NOPE! He punished Jacob’s, Lot’s, and Esau’s descendants for their murdering of each other, their disobedience, and their lack of brotherhood.

In the end, when the Bible says ‘God hates’, or when Proverbs lists the things God hates, it is merely saying that He rejects those behaviors. God hates no one, in the way humanity has unfortunately defined the word. Be blessed, because God is love.
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