During the course of this week, we have turned our attention to scoffers and false teachers, who will seek to rob us of the joy of our salvation. The Bible also focuses on yet another group, the mockers!
We often have to admit that it seems as if we are surrounded by mockers, particularly when we are passing through difficult times. No one in the Old Testament passed through more testing times than Job. Everywhere he looked he saw mockers, even among his so-called friends. He said, ‘Are not MOCKERS with me? And does not my eye dwell on their provocation?’, Job chapter 17 verse 2. The Lord Jesus was surrounded by mockers – they mocked Him and treated Him as an outcast prior to His crucifixion. David, king of Israel, also suffered at their hands. He says of them, ‘they gnashed at me with their teeth’, Psalm 35 verse 16.
The prophet, Jeremiah, adopted the right approach to the mockers: ‘I did not sit in the assembly of the mockers, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone because of Your (the Lord’s) hand, for You have filled me with indignation’, Jeremiah chapter 15 verse 17. A refusal to follow the mockers will often mean we have to travel a lonely path.
As we have seen with the scoffers and the false teachers, the mockers will not have the last word! The Scriptures make it clear that they are a reality; indeed, the Bible teaches us there will ‘be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit’, Jude verse 18-19. The prophet Isaiah warns us: ‘Now therefore, do not be mockers, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts, a destruction determined even upon the whole earth’, Isaiah chapter 28 verse 22.
May you know the power of the Lord in these times to focus on Him and His Word alone.