Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.
I am writing this to show what scoffing is and how to avoid mocking God.
Scoffing means to show contempt, disrespect or mock. Mock means to laugh at or ridicule. We have to be careful we do not scoff at God or Mock him. We are warned God is not one to be mocked so how could we be mocking God? Well if we laugh at , disrespect or ridicule or even doubt his word or we disobey it we are mocking it because we are scoffing at it. The bible tells us those who are disobedient in the least is disobedient in the most. So if we disregard any of his laws and commands then we are scoffing at God.
Jesus told us to stay awake. Many scoffers exist now days and they doubt that the end of this system is here even though all the signs Jesus has mentioned have almost been fulfilled there are only a few prophecies left. We were warned when we see these things occur to start preparing this means our focus she be more on spiritual matters then on things of the world. We have certain responsibilities we have to take care of but now more then ever we need to heed the warnings and prepare. The bible said many would take no note until it was too late and they would be destroyed. Jesus warned it would be just as in Noah’s day people would take no note until the destruction was suddenly upon them. For those who prepared these are not fearful times because we know deliverance is near. But for those who have not prepared spiritually they will not have applied themselves spiritually to build up their faith and it will be fearful times for them.
So if we do not know God’s word and do not see the signs that we were told to watch for and have doubts about what time frame we are in our actions , could show we are scoffing at God because we are not preparing. Remember it is our actions that show our faith not our words. If we have doubts and are not preparing then we are scoffing at God because we are telling him we do not believe him.
So if we doubt Gods word we are a scoffer. If we easily brush it aside when it is convenient then we are a scoffer. The bible warns that this will hinder a person from being able to learn about his word. The bible says we shouldn’t even keep company with scoffers. We need to lead by example. If we are keeping company with scoffers what is that telling them? It is telling them it is ok for they to mock God. What are we telling God if we keep company with scoffers? Our actions would be telling him we are a scoffer to because we approve of the behavior.
If we refuse to hear Gods word and refuse to obey it we are scoffing at God. The bible says the one refusing to hear God’s words, their prayers are detestable to God.
There are those who pick and choose what they want to believe about God and the bible . These ones are scoffers in their own way. The bible say not to reprove them it will only invite anger and ridicule on yourself. The bible even warns you could get hurt. If someone is a scoffer do not try to teach them you cannot. They will ridicule, try to shame you and try to tear you apart. It will only become a debate and we are not supposed to debate God’s word with people we are to show them the truth and leave the rest up to them and Jehovah.
What if you did not pay attention and married someone who was a scoffer. Well you could have children and then the scoffer may get angry at you because of your love and loyalty to God. This could cause problems in more then one way. First they would put their faith in the world before they would God. Plus God will not bless the house of those who are wicked. It is those who are wicked in God’s eyes not ours. So God will not bless the house of a person who does not read and apply his word in their lives. Remember prayers of a person who does not read and obey his commands is detestable to him. So if you are younger and thinking of getting married make sure the person reads God’s word and applies it because if they do not then your house will not be blessed and the scoffers prayers will not be heard.
Some people become scoffers because they see the wicked who seem to live a care free life and accumulate wealth. Often times they eventually pay for it. If they do not They will on God’s great day of judgment. Those who remained faithful and loyal to God will reap rewards from storing treasure in heaven that will last forever. It is not worth the apparent care free and easy life those people are living at the cost that it will cost them. They have no hope in living forever because they are giving up that hope and putting their faith and trust in things of the world which will perish soon. Those who remain faithful and do not scoff at God will live forever, but there will be destruction for the scoffers so they have no hope of living forever. The Jesus warned you cannot be the slave of two master, you will either be a slave to wealth or a slave to God. Jesus said if you love one you will despise the other. Surely we would not want to get so caught up in accumulating wealth that we come to despise God. The things of this world will be gone soon the things in the new system will be forever. Why not work for things that we will be able to keep. All the things in this world come with a lot of stress when you own things in this system there are excess taxes, thieves that can break in and steal them. None of those things will exist in the new system. Rust and moths can also destroy the things in this system. Jesus warned the lamp of our body is our eyes. So where they are focused is where our devotion will be. So we need to be careful and balance things of the world and not let them crowd out the spiritual things.
We could be scoffing at God if we put on a show about the things he would expect us to do, in seeking the glory of man. For example Jesus mentioned how some would put on a big show when they did acts of mercy or if they prayed to seek the glory of men. He stated they have received their reward in full. So we should not put a big show on when we do acts of mercy or when we pray it should be done in private. Our prayers should not be ones rehearsed or memorized they should come from the heart. The bible said there is no need for many words when we pray.
So as you can see a scoffer can be someone who appears to love God, but their actions will show otherwise. We should not keep company with scoffer it could cause God to not listen to our prayers.
(Galatians 6:7-10) 7 Do not be misled: God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a person is sowing, this he will also reap; 8 because the one sowing with a view to his flesh will reap corruption from his flesh, but the one sowing with a view to the spirit will reap everlasting life from the spirit. 9 So let us not give up in doing what is fine, for in due time we will reap if we do not tire out. 10 So, then, as long as we have the opportunity, let us work what is good toward all, but especially toward those related to us in the faith.
(Matthew 5:19, 20) 19 Whoever, therefore, breaks one of these least commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in relation to the Kingdom of the heavens. But whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in relation to the Kingdom of the heavens. 20 For I say to you that if your righteousness does not surpass that of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will by no means enter into the Kingdom of the heavens.
(2 Peter 3:2-4) . . .. 3 First of all know this, that in the last days ridiculers will come with their ridicule, proceeding according to their own desires 4 and saying: “Where is this promised presence of his? Why, from the day our forefathers fell asleep in death, all things are continuing exactly as they were from creation’s beginning.”
(Matthew 24:36-42) 36 “Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. 38 For as they were in those days before the Flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, 39 and they took no note until the Flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken along and the other abandoned. 41 Two women will be grinding at the hand mill; one will be taken along and the other abandoned. 42 Keep on the watch, therefore, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
(Luke 21:25-28) 25 “Also, there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth anguish of nations not knowing the way out because of the roaring of the sea and its agitation. 26 People will become faint out of fear and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 But as these things start to occur, stand up straight and lift up your heads, because your deliverance is getting near.”
(Jude 17-23) 17 As for you, beloved ones, call to mind the sayings that have been previously spoken by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, 18 how they used to say to you: “In the last time there will be ridiculers, following their own desires for ungodly things.” 19 These are the ones who cause divisions, animalistic men, not having spirituality. 20 But you, beloved ones, build yourselves up on your most holy faith, and pray with holy spirit, 21 in order to keep yourselves in God’s love, while you await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ with everlasting life in view. 22 Also, continue showing mercy to some who have doubts; 23 save them by snatching them out of the fire. But continue showing mercy to others, doing so with fear, while you hate even the garment that has been stained by the flesh.
(Proverbs 14:6-8) 6 The scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge comes easily to the person with understanding. 7 Stay away from the foolish man, For you will not find knowledge on his lips. 8 By wisdom the shrewd man understands the way he is going, But the stupid are deceived by their foolishness.
(Psalm 1:1, 2) 1 Happy is the man who does not walk according to the advice of the wicked And does not stand on the path of sinners And does not sit in the seat of scoffers. 2 But his delight is in the law of Jehovah, And he reads His law in an undertone day and night.
(Proverbs 28:9) 9 The one refusing to listen to the law —Even his prayer is detestable.
(Proverbs 15:12) 12 The scoffer does not love the one correcting him. He will not consult the wise.
(Proverbs 9:7-9) 7 The one who corrects a ridiculer invites dishonor, And whoever reproves someone wicked will get hurt. 8 Do not reprove a ridiculer, or he will hate you. Reprove a wise person, and he will love you. 9 Share with a wise person, and he will become wiser. Teach someone righteous, and he will add to his learning.
(John 3:20) For whoever practices vile things hates the light and does not come to the light, so that his works may not be reproved.
(Proverbs 3:32, 33) 32 For Jehovah detests a devious person, But His close friendship is with the upright. 33 The curse of Jehovah is on the house of the wicked one, But he blesses the home of the righteous.
(Psalm 73:9-18) . . .And their tongues swagger about in the earth. 10 So his people turn aside to them, And they drink from their abundant water. 11 They say: “How does God know? Does the Most High really have knowledge?” 12 Yes, these are the wicked, who always have it easy. They keep increasing their wealth. 13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence. 14 And I was troubled all day long; Every morning I was chastised. 15 But if I had said these things, I would have betrayed your people. 16 When I tried to understand it, It was troubling to me 17 Until I entered the grand sanctuary of God, And I discerned their future. 18 Surely you place them on slippery ground. You make them fall to their ruin.
(Matthew 6:1-8) 6 “Take care not to practice your righteousness in front of men to be noticed by them; otherwise you will have no reward with your Father who is in the heavens. 2 So when you make gifts of mercy, do not blow a trumpet ahead of you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be glorified by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 3 But you, when making gifts of mercy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your gifts of mercy may be in secret. Then your Father who looks on in secret will repay you. 5 “Also, when you pray, do not act like the hypocrites, for they like to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the main streets to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your private room and, after shutting your door, pray to your Father who is in secret. Then your Father who looks on in secret will repay you. 7 When praying, do not say the same things over and over again as the people of the nations do, for they imagine they will get a hearing for their use of many words. 8 So do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need even before you ask him.
(Luke 16:13) 13 No servant can be a slave to two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick to the one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves to God and to Riches.”
(Matthew 6:19-23) 19 “Stop storing up for yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Rather, store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If, then, your eye is focused, your whole body will be bright. 23 But if your eye is envious, your whole body will be dark. If the light that is in you is really darkness, how great that darkness is!