Nov 29th, 2020
Hello and welcome to season 3 episode 6 of The Berean Manifesto; 10 minutes or so a week of faith, hope, and love for the modern Christian. I’m Pastor Bill of The Ekklesian House and in this installment we are going to take a look at hate.
Now, I know in today’s terms hate is a very specific action word with overtly hostile connotations, but when talking in Biblical and Theological terms you gotta think differently. It might help to think of Love and Hate the way you think of the gas gauge in a car. F is full and E empty. If that gauge reads half full then the car is half full of gasoline right? And what’s in the other half of the tank? The empty half. Just gasses — oxygen, nitrogen, gasoline vapors. As far as the car is concerned, nothing, there is nothing in the empty half of the tank, or you could say there is the lack of gasoline in the3 empty half. Love and hate are like this. F on the gauge is love and E hate. If the gauge reads half full then you’re half full of love. The other half of the tank, the half without the love, the half that has nothing in it, that’s hate. Or more specifically, that’s the absence of love.
When we read in the Bible that God hates something like Proverbs 6:16-19 CSB that says, “ The LORD hates six things; in fact, seven are detestable to him (or you and I would probably use the word disgusting, or repulsive instead of detestable) :  arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,  a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil,  a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.” Remember, hate is the absence of love.
1 John 4:8 tells us that “God is love.” For God to hate something is simply to then say that the thing in question creates a lack of God’s presence, it repels God or it is repulsive to the very nature of God. The lack of God’s presence is somewhere that you don’t want to be. This is where we find the wrath of God, weeping, and gnashing of teeth – hell.
It's an interesting dynamic between the love that we are to have for everyone as we find in Proverbs 10:12 CSB, “ Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers all offenses.” 1 Peter 4:8 CSB, “ Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.” And when asked which command of the law is the greatest in Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus replied, “ Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and most important command.  The second is like it; Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.” And at the same time in Luke 14:26 CSB Jesus tells us, “ If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, and even his own life – he cannot be my disciple.” The word used here for hate is:
G3404 μισέω miseō mis-eh'-o From a primary word μῖσος misos (hatred); to detest (especially to persecute); by extension to love less: - hate (-ful).
That extension definition is where we find the common use of the word hate in Jesus day – to love less. In Matthew 8:22 CSB a new disciple wants to follow Jesus but asks that he be allowed to bury his father first. Jesus tells him, “ Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” This is right after a scribe also wants to become a disciple of Jesus and he is told, “Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” In both instances the presumptive disciple in question has a portion of life addressed that Jesus discerns is an area they are tempted to place at a higher importance than their calling. Jesus puts it more directly in Matthew 10:32-39 CSB and let Jesus sum it up for us, “ Therefore, everyone who will acknowledge me before others, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.  But whoever denies me before others, I will also deny him before my Father in heaven.  Don’t assume that I came to bring peace on the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  for I came to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;  and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.  The one who loves a father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; the one who loves a son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  And whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  Anyone who finds his life will lose it, and anyone who loses his life because of me will find it.”
In the last episodes we’ve talked about The Great Commission and doing ministry. With our most recent installment talking about being around family and those who knew you growing up and all your mistakes. Here Jesus tells us that our homes, possessions, and even families must take a back seat to our calling of ministry. Those soul ties that we have draw on us to stay put and ignore the voice of the Holy Spirit calling us to grow and move forward. But what I’m saying isn’t anything new. People have been leaving their family behind and shirking comfort in the name of education, wealth, and adventure as long there have been people. All I’m saying is to think of your calling in ministry as just as important as these things.
This is Pastor Bill saying, “Until next time…”