7 Things God Hates # 3: Hands That Shed Innocent Blood (Prov. 6:17)

Introduction:

  1. Murder in OT: Cain (Gen. 4); David (2 Sam. 11); Jezebel (1 Kgs. 21); etc.
  2. Murder in NT: Jews murdered Jesus (Mt. 26:4; Acts 7:52); Herodias/Herod (Mt. 14); Saul of Tarsus; etc.
  3. Why do people murder?
    • Take another’s wife (David – 2 Sam. 11)
    • Take property (Ahab/Jezebel – 1 Kgs. 21)
    • Revenge (Absalom – 2 Sam. 13)
    • Secure a throne (Pekah – 2 Kgs. 15:25)
    • Render paid-for services (Deu. 27:25; Eze. 22:12)
    • Satisfy anger (Cain – Gen. 4)
    • Satisfy hatred (Jews – Jn. 5:18)
    • They think they’re serving God (Jn. 16:2; Saul of Tarsus)
  4. Note that God hates “hands that shed innocent blood”

“Hands…”

  1. Metonymy for deeds – Psa. 18:20; 24:3-4; 1 Tim. 2:8; Jam. 4:8; Isa. 1:15
  2. Jesus’ hands –
    • Blessing children (Mt. 18:1-3; 19:13-14)
    • Giving sight to the blind (Mk. 8:23)
    • Feeding the hungry (Mt. 14:19)
    • Curing leprosy (Mt. 8:3)
    • Raising the dead (Mt. 9:25)
    • Restoring (Lk. 22:50-51)
    • Sacrificing Himself (Jn. 20:25-27)

“That Shed…”

  1. Implies actively injuring another
  2. Not accidents or helpful medical procedures

Innocent…”

  1. All murder is killing, but not all killing is murder (Exo. 20:13 vs. Prov. 6:17)
  2. Under Law of Moses, 4 kinds of homicide:
    • Justifiable, a.k.a. self-defense (Exo. 22:2-3)
    • Accidental (Num. 35:22-28)
      • Cities of Refuge for this purpose (Num. 35; Deu. 19:1-10; Jos. 20)
      • Human life is valuable because only humans are made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27) – even accidental killing is serious
      • Joshua 7 – Achan was not killed at the whim of his peers, but as judgment from God Almighty
    • Judicial – carried out by government (Deu. 19:11-13)
      • Punishment is not intended just for the wrongdoer, but as a deterrent also
      • Difference in innocent & guilty blood – God doesn’t hate all bloodshed
        • Capital punishment was authorized in the OT (Gen. 9:6; Exo. 21:12-14)
        • Capital punishment in the NT – Jn. 19:10-11; Acts 25:11; Rom. 13:1-4)

“Blood”

  1. Life is in the blood (Lev. 17:11; Deu. 12:23) – key concept in Scripture
  2. Jesus shed His blood–His life–for us (Mt. 26:28; Jn. 19:34)

Conclusion:

  1. God hates the shedding of innocent blood!  And, it all starts in the heart (Prov. 4:23)
  2. In a sense, we all have participated in the shedding of innocent blood:
    • “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isa. 53:5, emp. added)
  3. His innocent blood was shed for us – take advantage of it today (Eph. 1:7; Acts 20:28)!
NOTE:  Most of this material comes from Allen Webster’s excellent book, 7 Things a Loving God Hates, available here.