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Proverbs 26:24-26

24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,
but in his heart he harbors deceit.

25 Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart.

What are the (7) seven abominations?

I think the 7 abominations in a man's heart might be these from Proverbs 6:16-19:

16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:

17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,

18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,

19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

Also, since 7 is a number of completion, if a man's heart has 7 abominations it is completely wicked.

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Ezekiel 1:1-3:15


Of everything in today’s readings, Ezekiel’s visions and his commission by God there were two verses that spoke to me:

Next He said to me: "Son of man, listen carefully to all My words that I speak to you and take them to heart. Go to your people, the exiles, and speak to them. Tell them: This is what the Lord GOD says, whether they listen or refuse to listen." (Ezekiel 3:10-11 HCSB)

God tells Ezekiel to not just Parrot back to the people what He is has given him but to take them to heart after carefully listening to His Words. I was reminded of the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:5-15). When Jesus explains what the Parable means (9-15) in the explanation the four different soil types which represent the state of man’s hearts interacts with the seed based on the condition of the soil of men’s heart and also with how the person heard the Word.

"This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. The seeds along the path are those who have heard. Then the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the seeds on the rock are those who, when they hear, welcome the word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and depart in a time of testing. As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life, and produce no mature fruit. But the seed in the good ground--these are the ones who, having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring, bear fruit. (Luke 8:11-15 HCSB)

The soil that produces fruit is the soil/heart of the one who “heard the word with an honest and good heart.” Ezekiel must get God’s word down inside of him and let it speak to him before he can give it out to the people God has commanded him to speak to even though they will not listen.

This speaks to me about germination, growth, harvest then back to seed. The seed/Word Ezekiel was to give to the people was not the seed that God gave him. He had to sow the Word/seed into his own life then wait for it to come into fruition in him; then take the seed of his own personal harvest and sow into the people He was called to serve.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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