¨ When we see the wicked indulging themselves in their lusts, and when, in consequence, doubts steal into our minds as to whether God takes any care of us, we should learn to satisfy ourselves with the consideration that God, who hates and abhors all iniquity, will not permit them to pass unpunished; and although He bears with them for a time, He will at length ascend into the judgment-seat, and show Himself an avenger, as He is the protector and defender of His people. Again, we may infer from this passage the common doctrine, that God, although He works by satan and by the ungodly, and makes use of their malice for executing His judgments, is not, on this account, the author of sin, nor is pleased with it because the end which He purposes is always righteous; and He justly condemns and punishes those who, by His mysterious providence, are driven whithersoever He pleases. JC
¨ Observe, that evil speakers must be punished as well as evil workers… All liars shall have their portion in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. A man may lie without danger of the law of man, but he will nto escape the law of God.
¨ Little know the wicked how everything which now they have, shall be a snare to trap them when God begins to punish them. William Cowper
¨ […] whether in matters of religion; as false doctrines, errors, and heresies, are lies; and so all that deny the deity, Sonship, and Messiahship of Christ, are liars; and the followers of the man of sin speak lies in hypocrisy: or in common conversation; such are like to Satan, and are abominable in the sight of God; and He will destroy them…, for all liars have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. JG
“The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.”
¨ Bloody men shall be made drunk with their own blood, and they who began by deceiving others shall end with being deceived themselves… How forcible is the word abhor! Does it not show us how powerful and deep-seated is the hatred of the Lord against the workers of iniquity?
¨ Liars and murderers are in a particular manner said to resemble the devil and to be his children, and therefore it may well be expected that God should abhor them. These were the characters of David’s enemies; and such as these are still the enemies of Christ and His Church, men pefectly lost to all virtue and honor; and the worse they are the surer we may be of their ruin in due time. MH
In the last verse we saw that God hates sin and that God hates sinners. In this verse we are given very real examples of those men whom God hates. These liars and murderers stand naturally opposed to a holy God and He abhors them. These are men who carry these sins with them as the general mark of their character. As such they resemble their father the devil and once again we hear God tell us that He hates them, detests them, and they will be dealt with.
It is important for us to realize that we too were liars, and perverts, and murderers before the Lord called us to salvation. We have no just reason to look down at these men, though we have every right to hate what they do and represent. We cannot relish in their demise beyond the fact that our loving God cares for us and will always avenge the sins that these men commit against us. But, even that isn’t really where we find our joy in the matter. What we are to be overjoyed with is that the holy justice of God will be satisfied in every man who has ever walked the face of the earth. Not one soul will escape His omniscient gaze. His holiness is never in doubt, His justice is never passed over, His law is never forgotten.
Who are we that we should be boastful or proud of of who we are? Without the justification we receive in Christ we are equal to the most wretched sinner that has ever walked on this planet and carry with us the potential to match them in every sinful deed. Knowing what awaits them we should glory in awe and wonder that the Lord has numbered us with the elect, forgiven our sins, and restrains us from acting upon the most evil desires of our hearts. Knowing what awaits them we should pity what they will one day face. Knowing that there is no hope for them apart from Christ we should witness to them and hope for their salvation. We are only deemed the righteous of God because we are seen through the prism of Christ, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God. He is our hope, our defender, our everything. Robert Hawker ends his consideration on 5:4-6 by saying, “Oh! Thou holy one of God! Cause me to be forever fixing my eyes, my whole soul with unceasing rapture upon thee, as the Lord our righteousness.” I thank God that we may pray such a prayer and know it has been answered, I thank God that our righteousness does not depend on us; otherwise, we too would be numbered with those whom the Lord abhors. May we live to Him and for Him in all that we do, happily having become slaves of righteousness to His glory.