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Though He Scoffs At the Scoffers

December 29, 2014

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Stand at the door

Though  He Scoffs  At the Scoffers

Christians  will encounter  —  it seems  to go  with the Christmas season  — those  who have mocked  and been sneeringly contemptuous  of God’s word  and of Jesus Christ  actually being the fulfillment  of many prophecies.     They are downright hateful  about being categorized  as sinners.     Never mind  that God Almighty  calls absolutely everyone  a sinner.     They feel singled out  of the crowd  and are determined  to attack  someone  —  just any one  —  who dares  to quote  from the Bible  about us needing  to straighten out  our lives.

They try  to debunk  God’s word  with false claims,  which show  that they don’t have a clue  about what they are speaking of.     Their fury  over being called  a sinner blinds them.     It’s just sad  to see their stubborn hardheartedness  as they try  to scoff  at obvious eternal truths.

God’s word  has a number  of passages  about scoffers.     Just a few  of them could include,

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way  which seems right  to a man,
But its end  is the way  of death.

Proverbs 9:8
Do not reprove  a scoffer,  lest he hate you.
Reprove a wise man,  and he will love you.

Proverbs 13:1
A wise son  accepts his father’s discipline,
But a scoffer  does not listen  to rebuke.

Proverbs 14:6
A scoffer seeks wisdom,  and finds none,
But knowledge  is easy  to him  who has understanding.

Proverbs 15:12
A scoffer  does not love one  who reproves him,
He will not go  to the wise.

Psalm 1:1
How blessed  is the man  who does not walk  in the counsel  of the wicked,
Nor stand  in the path  of sinners,
Nor sit  in the seat  of scoffers!

These verses show  how hard  it is  to present God’s truths  to someone  who scoffs  God’s authority  and ways.     But,  no matter how hard  it is,  there is another truth  that can surprise us  and make us marvel  at God’s patience  and faithfulness  with this world.     For all those  who humbly see  and accept  God’s word  as eternal truth,  there is a special promise.     It is in Proverbs 3:34,

Though  He scoffs  at the scoffers,
Yet  He gives grace  to the afflicted.

God Almighty  scoffs those  who insist  on denying  obvious truth  and remaining scoffers.     They will bear  the results  of their unbelief  in the end,  so those who trust  in the LORD  do not need  to let their hearts  be troubled  at the hatred  and scoffing  of unbelievers.     As God’s children face  this world  of unbelief,  our heavenly Father  gives grace  to all His dear children,  who are afflicted  with mockery  and hateful attacks.     This grace  is  in the knowledge  that only the LORD  is the Almighty.     He alone  will be the final Judge  of all people.     No one will escape  His judgment  —  no matter how “cool”  and intelligent  they think  they are.

Even Jesus Christ faced  much scoffing  and mocking  throughout His preaching  and death  on the cross.     But,  none of that mattered  in the end  because He rose  from the dead  as King of kings,  Lord of lords,  and God of gods.     Though He suffered much  at the hands  of sinful mankind,  He is the Victor eternally.

It is a very blessed thing  to humbly  accept  God’s truth  and grace.     God gives grace  to His beloved here  on earth  and forever  in heaven.     Let us wisely look  at all the proofs  of God’s salvation  in Christ Jesus,  as found  in His word  —  and let us wisely live  according to that truth  and righteousness.

As we see  the beauty  of God’s sacrificial love  for us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for enabling us  to see  how You have worked all  of history  and salvation  according to Your eternal word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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