Proverbs 28:8-11 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor. He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession. The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
What is an abomination? We hear of the term abomination several times throughout the Word of God. Leviticus 18 says homosexuality is an abomination. Deuteronomy 18 says psychics (those that consult spirits), witchcraft, and horoscopes (observers of times) are an abomination to God. Even Jesus said the end of time is marked by what is described as the “Abomination of Desolation” (Mark 13:14). So, what is an abomination? What does it mean?
If you look up abomination in most dictionaries, you will find it is referred to as something that stinks like rotten flesh. It is offensive, detestable, or something filthy. One definition described abomination as something “worthless as water polluted by dead fish.” It seems no matter how you look at it, “abomination” is something very undesirable.
In today’s text, we read that if we disregard hearing the law, even our own prayers to God become an abomination to Him. Meaning, if we read or hear what the Bible says, but totally disregard or ignore it, then our prayers become as something that stinks, something offensive, or very undesirable to God.
The Psalmist also wrote, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” (Psalm 66:18). What stops God from hearing our prayers then? It is not sin; it is our hearts attitude toward sin. God will always hear a true repentant heart, then He heals and forgives us from every sin.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
The idea that we can live in our sin and expect a Holy God to overlook it is insane. He sent His only begotten Son Jesus to die for our sin that we may be cleansed from sin, not live in it. Repent, (turn from your sin) and be washed white as snow.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Acts 18 – 20 / Proverbs 28:8-11
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Ezekiel 13-16 / James 1
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