Have you experienced being mocked by a mocker, or have you ever been a mocker yourself?
What is a mocker, and what does our Heavenly Father teach us about mocking, who, and why they mock?
Mock – to laugh at or make fun of with words or actions with contempt that taunts another
Mocking is practiced in the Bible when someone feels threatened, guilty, offended, or to make fun of a practice one person clearly sees as a foolish practice another is doing.
The word contempt means a viewed judgement of disrespect, or rebuke through words and actions of a teaching or thought shared by one person or a group.
A father holds his son or daughter in contempt because of their disobedience. They will be disciplined, but also, they are forgiven, and will change per their response to their given repentance. If there is no repentance the child will continue being disobedient and the father may have to choose a stronger discipline for the child’s own benefit.
A father will also mock his son or daughter because they repeatedly will not listen, and learn by their father’s continued discipline given out of love for them, not to condemn them but to save them from their own actions. This type of mocking will taunt them into being humbled, or stand against their father even more. No one likes their father laughing, and mocking them because of their sin and disobedience. The choice is up to the child in how they will respond to their father’s mocking.
Mocking can also be used by the unrighteous son or daughter when the father speaks a truth they do not want to acknowledge. The unrighteous son or daughter can mock any righteous person speaking God’s truth to them, sharing His wisdom through them trying to help everyone even themselves.
This is a type of mocking that is practiced by the guilty party is practiced to cover up their own sin or guilt. The unrighteous will use mocking as a type of defense or cover up for their guilt, and try to taunt the righteous to join in their rants of mocking, and the righteous then can become a mocker themselves for the wrong reasons.
We will study together today all types of mocking that our Father reveals through His Word for all of us to learn from. Each of us should look closely at ourselves and test if we are mockers, and if we are, why are we?
Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception. Fools mock at making amends of sins, but good will is found among the upright.
In the Bible, we find God himself mocking others, His prophets mocking others, unrighteous people mocking righteous people, and others mocking Jesus our Lord and Savior. First, we will study and meditate on the scripture about God mocking others. In the Bible, the word scoff, and derision is used in different translations and their definition is the same as mock.
Psalm 2:4-6 The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.
Psalm 37:15 The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming. The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those who ways are upright. But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken. Better the little that the righteous have then the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.
Proverbs 1:26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity over takes you-when calamity over takes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind.
God laughs or mocks (scoffs, derision) the wicked because they keep ignoring Him, this should cause people to change from wicked to righteous through the blood of the King, Jesus Christ, God sent to save the world. If you do not repent from your wicked ways and remain wicked trying to slay those who ways are upright your own ways will pierce your own heart and you will be broken down not able to rise from the depth of the darkness.
The next scripture we are going to study about mocking is when a prophet mocks the unrighteous who are worshiping other gods. Today other gods take different forms as much as they did then. Today we still think of ourselves as gods above God, and other people, money, possessions, and our own good works and accomplishments with all the awards and plaques defining who we think we are.
(KJV)1 Kings 18:27 And it came to pass at noon that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is on a journey, or peradventure, he sleepth, and must be awaked.
(NIV) At noon Elijah began to taught them, “Shout louder!” he said, “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.
Before this scripture, Elijah was told by God to tell Ahab that Ahab had abandoned the Lord’s commands and now followed Baal. Elijah told Ahab to summon the people all over Israel to meet Elijah on top of Mount Carmel. He told them He was the only prophet as far as he knew of the LORD’S that was left and Baal had four hundred and fifty prophets. To make a long story short (you should read it) he told the group that worshiped Baal to get a bull and place it on an altar with fire, and he would do the same and place it on an altar of fire, but do not light the fire. He let them do their offering first. Elijah told them to call on the name of their god, and He would call on the name of the LORD and the god who answers by fire – he is God.
The Baal worshipers built their fire and their god never answered by fire. The kept crying out to their false god Baal from morning to noon, and these words were spoken to them by Elijah, God’s chosen prophet. Elijah was mocking the worshipers of Baal, making fun of their god as though their false god was sleeping, talking to someone, pursuing someone, traveling, or had some doubt in himself being a god was the excuses the fire did not ignite.
Maybe that is why the Baal prophets wanted to kill him after His God answered Elijah’s prayer and lit Elijah’s fire. His God answered by lighting up his fire. He was God when His fire burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the soil, and consumed the water in the trench!! This type of mocking is a lot like the laughter and mocking God himself has because of the foolishness of people worshiping gods that can’t save them. As if their gods can hear their needs, answer them, and pull them up out of the pit of darkness within themselves.
Now that I know my Heavenly Father personally, due to His Spirit within me, He tells me the many times He was laughing at me when I did not think His love was big enough to cover up my sins, and I thought He was not big enough to lift me out of the pit of darkness, and place me in Heaven on top of His Holy Mountain. Until I knew Him I did not know His laughter, and why He was laughing. This is why it is so important to know Him and His ways, because He is the only one that can tell you the truth about yourself.
I never experienced the same mocking within Elijah, one of His first prophets he chose to warn His people, before I received Jesus Christ, and now I do. When other people have been warned over and over many times who their God is by me personally and keep ignoring him and follow other gods like money, themselves, other people, their work, and own accomplishments, God gives me those same words He gave Elijah.
I say to them,“Call out to them, shout louder! Maybe their sleeping, traveling, or have doubt they are gods. They can’t light the true light that is within you. The fire that takes you past this world. Those gods can’t burn up everything in you that is above him, only Jesus Christ can light the fire that is within you that saves you from yourself and everything in this world that is not Him! Keep calling out to them and see if they will save you!”
Proverbs has many words from God’s mind that He reveals to His children about mockers, and the reasons they are mocking.
Proverbs 9:7 Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.
Proverbs 9:8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
9:9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.
This scripture reveals to us a lot about an unrighteous mocker, and the righteous person. How each is supposed to respond when it comes to sharing what they know.
Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult
Proverbs 9:7 - These words are not telling us not to correct a “unrighteous” mocker. These words are warning us what will happen. Those who are correcting a mocker can expect an insult, and how those who are correcting a mocker responds to that insult from the mocker reveals who the one doing the correcting is.
The one doing the correcting has choices they can make, they can walk away, they can warn them gently by telling them what they are doing wrong, hoping they will repent and receive more grace from our Lord. This puts the ball back into the court of the mocker and how they continually respond, many times the mocker will not change. The wisest thing to do for the one correcting is to walk away, no matter how much the mocker is offended. The one correcting will pray and wait no matter how long it takes, because God knows if and when the unrighteous mocker will repent, the righteous one doing the correcting does not.
9:7b Whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.
The second half of this verse teaches us almost the same lesson. The word incurs means to subject one self. Whoever rebukes a wicked person subjects oneself to abuse. When we look at our Lords life he suffered in this way, but he also changed a lot of people’s lives that he did not receive any abuse from. We all are wicked inside, and how we respond to a rebuke reveals who we are still seeking to be, a wicked sinner, or wanting to repent, and be saved from our wickedness.
Those of us that are in Christ or desire to know Him will respond to a rebuke differently than those who are wanting to remain unchanged. When we receive Him, and He is living in us we will experience his sufferings, but our Father gives us enough grace that over comes any abuse or persecution we may experience from any family member, friend, co-worker, boss, or false prophet or witness.
9:8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you
God is repeating the first statement, a rebuke is a correction for the mockers benefit, but again, we are setting ourselves up for them to hate us because of who He is in us. Jesus warns us of this, and it is not because of who we are, but because of who He is.
Matthew 10:22 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another.
Again, how the righteous person in Christ responds to the mocker determines if they are firm in their faith in Christ or not. He will always give His children the words to say for the mockers benefit, He wants to save them. Those who are rebuking the mocker can flee, pray and let God do His work. He will tell them when to speak, and when to flee. He only knows when they will turn to Him or not, but His righteous live by faith.
9:8b Rebuke a wise man and he will love you
These words reveal who is doing the rebuking and who is receiving the rebuke just like the ones before this we are studding today. When a righteous man rebukes or corrects a unrighteous mocker the righteous will be subjecting themselves to abuse, but when a righteous man rebukes another righteous man who is wise from the wisdom of God they will love the one who is doing the rebuking, listen to his words, apply it to their own life, and deeply love the one doing the rebuking. This reveals they both have no pride within their flesh and only want to gratify the Holy Spirit within each of them. This is when their relationship resembles iron sharpening iron.
It was strange to me when I began experiencing these words lived out within myself. Others who loved God with all their soul, body and mind rebuked me because they were doing His will for their lives. I became more in love with them because they cared enough for me, and loved God so much He was loving me through them. They loved me enough to let Him speak His truth through them. He took their fear of persecution a way.
They were putting Him above me, and others is why He was able to speak through them.I began being drawn to these kinds of people who were wise through God’s given wisdom and lived out His Word within their hearts. Very few, but they are the ones I love deeply as God loves them deeply, because we are receiving more of His wisdom to share with one another.
Proverbs 9:9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a wise man and he will add to his learning.
Do you want to be instructed by God? Is HE truly the Lord of your life, do you fear losing Him and His wisdom given to you more than any other? When this proverbs becomes living in you that is when you want to be judged by God, you want others who know Him to instruct you, you want to be taught by Him through others because you are adding to who He is, and His wisdom He is giving you within yourself and through others. If you do not want to be instructed, or to be taught to add to your learning of Him then are you truly a wise man or woman?
I learned a great deal about myself and others through this lesson God revealed to me about mocking and who and why we are mocking. I hope it helps you grow more in knowing Him as much as it helped me grow more in knowing Him. His love and power to save is still present this moment to change anyone into His children living for Him and His purpose that completes every soul, so they can continue to be wise through His eyes.