Bible Study

Scoffers

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 2 Peter 3:3

What is a scoffer? Dictionary.com defines a scoffer as one who speaks “derisively, mocks, jeers.” Thesaurus.com provides us with additional descriptors: “doubter, skeptic, sneerer, satirist, disbeliever.”

People are mocking Jesus and Christians as never before. You can’t go to a movie, stand in the checkout line at a grocery store, log on to Facebook, Twitter or other social media, listen to a radio station or turn on a television without hearing someone mock and blaspheme our Lord. The words and behavior that not long ago would cause us to recoil in shock and disbelief, we turn on and invite directly into our living rooms, family rooms, bedrooms and anywhere else a computer, smartphone or television may be and we don’t even raise an eyebrow. We even have the audacity to laugh and call it “entertainment.”

I don’t get it. I don’t understand why this world finds it perfectly fine to scoff at and ridicule Christians, blaspheme and satirize our faith but every other belief on this vast planet is off-limits.

Why is it our God who is scoffed at and whose name is used in profanity and taken in vain? Why is no other faith insulted by politicians, Hollywood, musicians, entertainers, comedians, and other pop culture leaders?

When cursing that someone or something be “damned,” why not call out the name of pure evil? Why not use the name of Lucifer instead of God? Why don’t we say “Satan Damn” instead of calling out the name of our Holy God in blasphemy?

In just a few short years, America has plunged into such a vile moral abyss that we have lost our fear of God and we have become a nation of fools. Scripture after scripture warns us regarding the fear of The Lord:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. Psalm 33:8

And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. Luke 1:50

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged, and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil. Proverbs 16:6.

And there are many more scriptures that caution mankind to hold fast the fear of The Lord.

Our Bible’s holy scripture, the Book of Leviticus and even the Sermon on the Mount was scoffed at and mocked by a smirking President of the United States just a few years ago. Regardless of your political leanings, if you consider yourself a Christian you cannot be okay with that.

The first verse of the first chapter of the Book of Psalms tells us:

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night.

Today’s political leaders would be wise to open their Bibles for guidance in the same manner that America’s founding fathers opened theirs.

Scoffers are often found sitting right in the church pew. They might be sitting there every time the door opens, but yet they scoff in the face of prophecy being fulfilled before their very eyes. They slam their Bibles shut and sneer at the very scripture they claim to believe.

One of Jesus own disciples was a scoffer. In the 20th chapter of the Gospel of John, Thomas discounted the other disciples when they declared they had seen the risen Lord.

Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe!

When Jesus appeared to him and the undeniable proof was in front of him, he fell on his face and begged the Lord’s forgiveness.

Simon Peter, one of Jesus’ most beloved disciples wrote in the third chapter of his second epistle:

First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.

They will say “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.

One day this world and every single person, great and small, will stand in silence before the Great Judge of All.  Then, all the mocking and smirking will cease. The vile language will be silenced. The sarcasm will end and

…every mouth will be closed and the whole world will be held accountable before God. Romans 3:19

Do you understand that each person, every single individual, including you, will stand in complete SILENCE before Almighty God? You will LISTEN. You will not have an opportunity for a rebuttal, an explanation, no opportunity to plead your case.

If you want to mock and make fun of me for my faith, have your pleasure. All that matters to me is that I when I stand before God on that Great Day of Judgment that He finds favor in me.

What about you, my friend? On that day that you stand silent, will He find favor in you?

There the wicked shall cease their troubling and the weary shall be at rest. Job 3:17

May you be richly blessed today, my friend, and if I don’t meet you again here, I hope to meet you over there!

Mimi

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