Seven Sins (03) Hands That Shed Innocent Blood

Date: 1/27/2008
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Seven Sins (3): Hands That Shed Innocent Blood
Dr. Gregg Strawbridge * January 27, 2008 (Prov. 6:16-19)

In the Bible, Heptameronian Chiasms (7 layered) often relate to the seven days of Creation. Note that Eyes relate to Light (one), Discord contra Sabbath rest (seven), Lies are contra the Image of God/the Reflective firmament (two/six), Hands/Feet for evil contra Dominion in/over the Land/Sea (three/five), and then Hearts of deception contra the Sun/Light bearers (four).
Seven Sins Seven Days of Creation
One: Haughty Eyes Day One: Light
Two: Deceptive Tongue Day Two: Firmament Mediating Earth and God
Three: Hands Shed Innocent Blood Day Three: Sea, Land, and Trees
Four: Heart Devising Wicked Plans Day Four: Light Bearers in the Firmament
Five: Feet Running to Evil Day Five: Dwellers of Sea, Land, and Trees
Six: Breathing Lies as a False Witness Day Six: Man/Creatures Mediating Earth and God
Seventh: Sows Discord Day Seven: Sabbath
Genesis 9:6 prohibited shedding human blood for a specific reason: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.” David was prohibited from building the temple because he had shed much blood (1 Chronicles 22:8). Shedding “innocent blood” was an even greater crime (Manasseh in 2 Kings 21:16; 24:4). Jesus taught “everyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment” (Matt. 5:21). It is important to see that this leads to the next point regarding personal reconciliation: “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” (Matt. 5:23-24)
Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more