Mixing Oil and Water

by George McFarland October 1, 2014 Scripture: Proverbs 29:27

Proverbs 29:27 

An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.

When I used to change the engine oil in my car, I would sometimes leave the old oil outside. After it rained, I noticed that a pool of water would collect on top of the oil but would never mix with it. The ingredients are so different that they will not dissolve into one another. They are two entirely different components.

In Proverbs 29:27 we are told of two entirely different types of people. On one hand we have the righteous (“one whose way is straight”) and the unjust man (“wicked). Not only are they different, but each has strong emotions about the other. In the first part of the verse we see that the “unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,” whereas in the second half of the verse the man “whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.” These two are on opposite poles. Their loves, desires, and orientations are extremely different. We see in scripture this hatred from the very beginning of time when there was enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent (Genesis 3:15). Those who are sanctified have a love for those who are God’s creation but hate the practices of those who hate God and injure other men. The opposite is true as well; the unsanctified people have a hatred for godly people. Such hatred, too, we find in early Genesis when Cain hated his brother Abel and killed him. His orientation (“hearts”) was entirely different.

If we love what God loves, we will not be loved by the world. Let us ask the Lord to continue to give us grace to follow in his ways, despite the responses from those who do not love the Lord.