DO NOT MOCK
Main Text: Proverb 3:34 “God mocks the mockers, but gives grace to the humble”.
2 Kings 2:23 Elisha went up to Bethel…some youths came out and mocked him. He called down a curse on them and forty-two of them were mauled by two bears.”
Mockery is tantamount to making another person look ridiculous or stupid. The bible always paints a negative picture on those who mock, which emphasizes today’s topic that says “DO NOT MOCK”!
Jesus was mocked by the soldiers, the Pharisees and other onlookers before He was crucified. The disciples were mocked on the day of Pentecost- “Others mocking said, they are full of new wine”. (Acts 2;13) There is one incident, according to our subtext of today, where the punishment for mocking a man of God was immediate, (2Kings 2:23)
To mock a fellow human being indirectly insults God, since we all bear God’s image and God Himself mocks the mocker according to our main text. Moreover, mockery is painful to him that is mocked. It is a form of contempt and it is wrong, no matter how many laughs one might elicit. It is often disguised as jokes, but it always has the effect of diminishing the mocked and throwing him off balance.
In addition, Paul warns in his letter to the Ephesians, that we should not let any unwholesome talk come out of our mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29) Having realized, therefore that mockery is negatively portrayed in the Bible when men commit it, we should therefore desist from it.
It hurts feelings and cause anger, which may lead to sin by another. So don’t put a stumbling block before another by mocking.
MOCKERY IS PAINFUL TO THE RECIPIENT; STOP IT!
Prayer: O Lord, help me to always utter words that exhort and edify, instead of those that criticize and discourage, Amen.
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