Proverbs 6:16-19 (ESV) – Hands That Shed Innocent Blood
16 There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.
“HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD” – Folks, those “hands” are OUR hands! The blood of 60 million dead is upon them.
After Cain slew able in the field and then denied, to God, knowing what had happened, Genesis 4:10 tells us:
10 And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.”
Brothers and sisters, what do you suppose it sounds like to God when the blood of sixty million babies cries out to Him from the ground?
This is not AT ALL what I was going to write and post today. In fact, I had already completed a piece on another section of Proverbs 6 and was in the process of posting it when I saw this photo on the Live Action Facebook page. In an instant God interrupted my plan and set me on a different course. For a brief instant, God gave me the slightest glimpse into that sound from 60 million cries (of course I am not God so I am sure I didn’t get the full effect because He loves me) and it was deafening – It pierced my soul.
I’m not even going to address the other three and a half verses from Proverbs 6 listed above except to say (1) I included them only for context and (2) a quick examination reveals that Cain was in violation of many of the 7 abominations listed in addition to the shedding of innocent blood – lying tongue, devious heart, breathing lies, and sowing discord. My attention is firmly planted on the “HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD.”
Friends, its not too late to turn around, change course, jump off this path of wickedness, and get on the path of righteousness. It’s time to prostrate ourselves and repent. It’s time to fall on our faces and cry out to the Lord, “Oh Lord, search my heart, find that which is detestable and cut it out.” Perhaps we should pray this sweet simple prayer from Habakkuk 3:2 (one of those Old Testament prophet guys):
2 O Lord, I have heard the report of you,
and your work, O Lord, do I fear… in wrath remember mercy.
Tonight I will be on my knees, my “HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD” raised to the heavens, petitioning God to cut out from my soul that sound of the 60 million cries, pleading that in wrath He remember mercy.