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He Scoffs at the Scoffers

December 30, 2017

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He Scoffs at the Scoffers

We all come across those  who mock  and are 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 hard-heartedness  as they try  to scoff  at obvious eternal truths.

God’s word has a number of passages  about scoffers.     Here are just a few  of them.

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 Jesus Christ,  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 word.

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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