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Are You a Mocker?

Daily Devotions based on the Sermon Series: “Timely Teaching for Turbulent Times”
Week 3 of 6: “The Impact of Humility!”

THIS WEEK: Pride and the Proverbs

What was the insulting name of your generation? If you really wanted to put someone down what would it be?

Whatever mom or dad told you to NOT call your brother or sister, right?

Did you know the inspired words of Scripture call people names…insulting names?

Jesus called the Pharisees “hypocrites” and “White-washed tombs” (Matthew 23:27)

The Apostle Paul quotes regarding the Cretans, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, and lazy gluttons.” (Titus 1:12)

Solomon calls a proud, arrogant person a “Mocker.”

Proverbs 21:24 The proud and arrogant man—“Mocker” is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.

It’s interesting all the characteristics of a “mocker” Solomon describes (he no doubt had interaction with some!). Here’s just seven references from the Proverbs:

  1. They mock sin (Prov 14:9)
  2. They mock judgment (Prov 19:28).
  3. The mocker is haughty (Prov 21:24), incorrigible (Prov 9:7), resistant to all reproof (Prov 9:8; 15:12), and hating any rebuke (Prov 13:1).
  4. Wisdom and knowledge easily elude the mocker (Prov 14:6).
  5. So despicable is the scorner that he may be labelled as odious to all men (Prov 24:9).
  6. The Proverbs suggests he should be punished by hitting so that the easily persuaded naive fool may benefit from the lesson (Prov 19:25; 21:11).
  7. One good way to remove contention from a group is to eject the scorner (mocker), and then “strife and reproach will cease” (Prov 22:10).[1]

Do you know someone who fits this description?

Do YOU fit this description?

Did you know God is a Mocker?

Proverbs 3:34      The LORD…mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.

The Lord scorns the mocker.  He detests them.

He knows they think they have everything figured out.  They think the law of God doesn’t apply to them.  They are confident in themselves and resist anyone correcting them.  They seem like they know everything, but they are fools.  They cause contention in a group.  They don’t need God.  They mock God.

All of this the LORD detests.  He cannot bless Mockers.  In fact in Psalm 1:1 says:

Psalm 1:1  Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.

God can not bless a mocker.  However, the Lord (as Proverbs 3:34 says) blesses the humble with grace.

  • Those that find confidence in the LORD, not self.
  • Those that delight in the law of God, not despise it.
  • Those that are filled with the fruit of the Spirit, not the heart of sin.

These are the humble that receive God’s undeserving and unending love, his grace.

Apply: Ask the Lord to drive out from your being the heart of the Mocker and replace it with the heart of the humble.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the wisdom of the Proverbs to call my prideful heart a “Mocker.”  Renew me by your Spirit to carry the name of “Humble Child of God.”  Amen.

[1] Kaiser, W. C. (1999). 1113 לִיץ. R. L. Harris, G. L. Archer Jr., & B. K. Waltke (Eds.), Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (electronic ed., p. 479). Chicago: Moody Press.

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