Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"
Briefing: There are certain actions that are forbidden while on duty as a law enforcement officer. One of them should be mockery. Mockery stands in contrast to the ideals that law enforcement tries to uphold.
Dispatch (Assignment): Make a list of undesirable characteristics.
On the Street: Webster's dictionary defines mockery as insulting or contemptuous action or speech. Mockery is insincere and contemptible. It is not some funny little impression but rather an attribute of an immature person who is usually trying to gain attention. This is not a quality you want to have or anything you want people to associate with you.
It is apparent by the amount of Proverbs that are written about mockery, that it was just as offensive in King Solomon's day as it is now. Mockery is disrespectful and one of the things which God does not condone.
Proverbs 3:34 (NIV), "He (God) mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed."
Why would God mock someone, even the proud mocker? God does not squash them like a bug then say, "ha, ha, I got the last laugh." Usually a mocker will show disrespect for you by doing the opposite of what they are supposed to do, or the opposite of what you want them to do. Mockers also like to imitate in a sarcastic way. The mocker is a rebel who sarcastically shows disregard for what is right. By mocking, they are doing what is wrong. God in turn mocks their behavior by doing what is right and just.
Proverbs 1:10-33 (HCSB), "My son, if sinners entice you, don't be persuaded. If they say?"Come with us! Let's set an ambush and kill someone. Let's attack some innocent person just for fun! Let's swallow them alive, like Sheol, still healthy as they go down to the Pit. We'll find all kinds of valuable property and fill our houses with plunder. Throw in your lot with us, and we'll all share our money" my son, don't travel that road with them or set foot on their path, because their feet run toward trouble and they hurry to commit murder. It is foolish to spread a net where any bird can see it, but they set an ambush to kill themselves; they attack their own lives. Such are the paths of all who make profit dishonestly; it takes the lives of those who receive it. Wisdom calls out in the street; she raises her voice in the public squares. She cries out above the commotion; she speaks at the entrance of the city gates: "How long, foolish ones, will you love ignorance? How long will you mockers enjoy mocking and you fools hate knowledge? If you respond to my warning, then I will pour out my spirit on you and teach you my words. Since I called out and you refused, extended my hand and no one paid attention, since you neglected all my counsel and did not accept my correction, I, in turn, will laugh at your calamity. I will mock when terror strikes you, when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when trouble and stress overcome you. Then they will call me, but I won't answer; they will search for me, but won't find me. Because they hated knowledge, didn't choose to fear the Lord, were not interested in my counsel, and rejected all my correction, they will eat the fruit of their way and be glutted with their own schemes. For the turning away of the inexperienced will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them. But whoever listens to me will live securely and be free from the fear of danger."
Proverbs 14:6-9 (NIV), "The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning. Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips. The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception. Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright."
This Proverb makes a very important point that I don't want us to miss;. The last sentence says, "Fools mock at making amends for sin?" Every sin I commit is offensive to God. All of my sins, whether I intend to or not, are committed against God. He is the one that I make amends to for my sin. If I make a mockery of making amends for sin, I am mocking God. NOT SMART.
Proverbs 15:12 (NKJV), "A scoffer does not love one who corrects him, nor will he go to the wise."
Proverbs 16:27-30 (NIV), "A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire. A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends. A violent person entices their neighbor and leads them down a path that is not good. Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity; whoever purses their lips is bent on evil."
Proverbs 17:9 (NKJV), "He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends."
Proverbs 17:12 (NKJV), "Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly."
Proverbs 18:13 (NKJV), "He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him."
Proverbs 19:3 (NKJV), "The foolishness of a man twists his way, and his heart frets against the Lord."
Proverbs 19:10 (NKJV), "Luxury is not fitting for a fool, much less for a servant to rule over princes!"
Proverbs 19:25 (NKJV), "Strike a scoffer, and the simple will become wary; rebuke one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge."
Proverbs 19:29 (NKJV), "Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and beatings for the backs of fools."
Proverbs 20:1 (NKJV), "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise."
Proverbs 21:4 (NKJV), "A haughty look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked are sin."
Proverbs 21:7-8 (NKJV), "The violence of the wicked will destroy them, because they refuse to do justice. The way of a guilty man is perverse; but as for the pure, his work is right."
Proverbs 21:10-13 (NKJV), "The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes. When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; but when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge. The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness. Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard."
Proverbs 21:24 (NKJV), "A proud and haughty man? "Scoffer" is his name; he acts with arrogant pride."
Proverbs 22:5 (NKJV), "Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; he who guards his soul will be far from them."
Proverbs 22:10 (NKJV), "Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; yes, strife and reproach will cease."
Proverbs 23:9 (NKJV), "Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words."
Proverbs 25:4-5 (NKJV), "Take away the dross from silver, and it will go to the silversmith for jewelry. Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness."
Proverbs 26:18-22 (NKJV), "Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, Is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, "I was only joking!" Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body."
Proverbs 28:10 (NKJV), "Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, he himself will fall into his own pit; but the blameless will inherit good."
Proverbs 29:8-11 (NKJV), "Scoffers set a city aflame, but wise men turn away wrath. If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace. The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the upright seek his well-being. A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back."
Proverbs 30:17 (NKJV), "The eye that mocks his father, and scorns obedience to his mother, the ravens of the valley will pick it out, and the young eagles will eat it."
Not only should we avoid people who act like this, we must be on our guard not to become a mocker. If you see characteristics in these verses that remind you of yourself, it is time to turn over a new leaf.
Investigational Resources: Matthew 7:6
Officer Safety Principle: Time for a self-check, it is time to rid ourselves of mockers, either internally or externally.
from The Book of Proverbs Through the Eyes of a Cop
©2013 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.
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