Sunday, May 5, 2019
“God’s will not be mocked”
The word mock is not a complimentary term.
Its meaning is to tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous way.
Some synonyms of the word are: Ridicule, jeer, deride, scorn pillory (which means sarcasm), taunt and chaff.
Doesn’t sound like it would be fun to be on the receiving end of that.
How many of you have experienced being mocked? Did you like it? Not me.
Why? Because we know that there is intent to bring emotional harm to us.
It is to make us feel unworthy, to cause us to doubt ourself and our abilities and decision making.
When someone mocks others believe that they are missing something in their life.
To intentionally do this to another person is tempting a response in return.
Sometimes when being mocked we can laugh it off, sometimes we can take it with a grain of salt, sometimes we may get upset and quarry the question of “Why are you mocking me?” or “Do you have to use a mocking tone with me?” Are you a mocking bird or something”
Yes, there really is such a thing. They are found mostly in tropical America someone is not a good quality thing to do and we risk a not so good response from others, why would people do so then?
So… if we understand that mocking someone is not a good quality thing to do and we risk a not so good quality thing to do and we risk a not so good response from others, why would people do so then?
Why would people ridicule, jeer, scorn, taunt and chaff others in sarcasm? Because in a bizarre way it made them feel better.
In Judges 16:25 the Philistines called for Samson to entertain them and he performed for them. Why did they want Samson? No question to mock their blind nemesis. I can only imagine how they jeered, derided, ridiculed, scorned, taunted, and chafed at him all in great sarcasm.
They were tempting a response from him.
Samson wasn’t laughing, he didn’t take it, his response was “Let me feel the pillars on which the house rests , so that I may lean upon them.” Samson’s final response was thunderous, as it brought down the house, literally.
The Philistines had begged a response and they got it, but it wasn’t what they bargained for.
They mocked Jevoah they jeered him through Sampson.
They mocked God, they tempted his response and he delivered it.
In the book of Nehemiah, he was, a Jew was commissioned by the Persian King Artexerxes to return to the city of his people Jerusalem.
In a bold move Nehemiah and his entourage returned there to rebuild the city wall and rebuild the city gates.
Nehemiah 2:19 tells us: But when Sanballet the Honorite, Tobiah the Ammonite officials, and Geshen the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said what is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the King”
These local yokels mocked and harassed Nehemiah and all the Jews relentlessly. They were mocking Nehemiah, but they were mocking God through his servant.
These people were tempting a response by Nehemiah and God responded, by giving his people the strength to do all that work in just 52 days! This also brought about a renewed spirit and spiritual reconciliation.
God didn’t get mad, he took it with a grain of salt and proved to his peoples mockers that they were mere clay in his great hands.
When people and nations mock God and tempt him there are times, that he does or doesn’t take it with a grain of salt, he may or may respond in righteous anger, he may respond by laughing at the folly of man’s mockery of him.
Psalm 2:4 and 59:8 are examples of this:
Psalm 2:4 “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.”
Psalm 59:8 “But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.”
The Lord may mock this world, but when he is mocked this world is tempting a response.
The Philistines reaped what they had sown with Sampson and God.
Sanballat and his imps reaped what they had sown with Nehemiah and God.
This world will someday reap what it has sown against God’s people and the Lord.
Jesus said on the cross “Forgive them, for they know not what they do” what were they doing? There were mocking him, jeering and ridiculing him and taunting him bringing scorn upon them. Using sarcastic voices and sarcasm upon his holy name.
They were mocking God the Father through Jesus Christ his son.
They were tempting the Father and boy did he respond! As his Son gave up the ghost and commended his spirit to his Father. An earthquake cuts loose and it tore the veil in Solomons Temple from top to bottom, which paved the way for our personal relationship with them.
Three days he was responding to their mockery. His angels said. “He is not here, for he is risen just as I said.
This world will one day reap what it has sown in rejecting Jesus as its Messiah.
Reaping and sowing means that the words and deeds that we plant in this world will determine what we reap in eternity.
Only one life will soon be past and only what’s done for Christ will last.
Will your reaping and sowing experience is detrimental or blessing in eternity?
Our rejection or acceptance of Christ as our Savior will determine that, ultimately.
In our world, even the church has no fear in tempting a response from God as many mock his work. Clergy and church bodies that are silent or in open support of abortion.
It’s bad enough when the world accepts it, but for supposed Christians and a house of worship do so is jeering at and ridiculing God’s word. And therefore God himself.
They will reap what they have sown.
The world has influenced and infiltrated our churches. For many it’s hard to tell the difference.
Denominations are fighting over or have already capitulated to the placing of practicing gays in places of authority and as shepherds of church bodies.
This is not even a debatable issue. God’s word is clear in varying scripture that this is wrong. Example Romans 1:25-28
This is mocking God’s word and therefore scorning his word and deriding his will. The world and some of the Chrisitan Community flat out thumbing their noses at and mocking God.
We should not be surprised. God’s inspired word said these days would happen. God will not be mocked. This world and God’s church that do so tempt his response. They will reap what they have sown.
Isaiah 5:20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
2nd Peter 2:1 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
2nd Timothy 3:1-5 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
2nd Timothy 3:13 “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
2nd Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
Matthew 24:11 “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”
1st John 2:18 “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.”
Matthew 24:37-39a “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away;
To the world, to America, too, far too many of our clergy and church bodies, I am warning you, stop mocking God.
He is not laughing, he is not taking you with a grain of salt. You are tempting a response and it’s coming.
Turn your wicked ways and come to Jesus and find forgiveness by the Father through Jesus Christ his Son.
Time is running out. God will not be mocked you are not prepared to reap what your mockery has sown. Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.