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Sunday, January 8 2012

The Mocker's Folly

The English word "mock" originated from a Latin word which meant to grimace, as in a contorted facial expression to show disrespect. It included "making a mockery of" someone by acting as a charade of them e.g. making "fun" of someone with a speech impediment by contemptuously speaking in such a way back at the afflicted person.

The words "mock," "mockery," and "mocker" are used to translate a number of different Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures (see also What Language Is Pure?). Some examples:

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced tsaw-kawkh, which means a scornful laugh, or an insulting sound i.e. a "raspberry"

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced haw-thawl, which means to cheat by deriding - not allowing someone their turn to speak, by making a noise or disturbance so that others can't hear the one being mocked, "to drown someone out"

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced law-awg, which means to imitate by babbling i.e. to attempt to make a fool of some other person by acting like a fool in response to them

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced awl-lawl, which means to abuse by sarcasm

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced kaw-laws, which means to attempt to reject someone's words by finding personal imperfection with the person, not the words that they spoke

  • the Greek word, pronounced emp-aheed-zo, which means to jeer (jeer is the opposite of cheer)

The Messiah's last hours, and last minutes, were entirely filled with the sound of mockers (see also Looking Up To The Messiah: How And When?). The Roman troops mocked Him as they tortured Him ("they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 27:30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head"). The religious authorities mocked Him as He hung, in horrendous pain, on the Cross ("Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders"), as did everyone else ("they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads"). Even the two men who were crucified at the same time mocked Him ("The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth").

View from the Cross

"27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers [see Legions Of Men And Angels]. 27:28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 27:30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 27:31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

27:32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. 27:33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 27:34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 27:36 And sitting down they watched him there; 27:37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. 27:39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, 27:40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross [see Crossing The T].

27:41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, 27:42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel [see The Rock Of The Church], let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. 27:44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour [i.e. noon to 3 pm; see Hours Of The Day].

27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [see Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani?]

27:47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

27:48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. 27:49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.

27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost [see Giving Up The Ghost].

27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom [see Why Was It Torn?]; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 27:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God." (Matthew 27:27-54 KJV)

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap"

As explained above, one of the Hebrew words that is translated as "mock" means to reject words or teachings by making a personal attack upon a speaker or writer, rather than directly against the words or teachings themselves. Ultimately, that's what mockers are doing when they mock God's Word by mocking the imperfect humans that have repented and are doing the best that they can to live by it.

The example of Elisha being attacked by a large gang of over forty youths (they were not "children" - the original Hebrew word means youths, adult-size teenagers, who are capable of causing severe injury or death as they swarmed their all-alone prey) is a good example. They rejected the Word of God by mocking a prophet's baldness (in that case, the mockers were adult-size "little boys" who still grew their hair like little girls). For lawful self-defense (would you be concerned if you were being attacked by over forty teenage thugs, aged 17, 18 and 19?), Elisha used his miraculous authority to set wild bears upon his attackers because it was the Word of the LORD that they were actually mocking, apart from threatening a man who had been sent to get work done for the LORD. The incident happened after Elisha had succeeded Elijah (who had often had his own confrontations with mockers, including Jezebel).

Elisha Being Attacked

"2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven [see Where Did Elijah Go?]. 2:12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

2:13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 2:14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over [see also Beyond Jordan].

2:15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. 2:16 And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the spirit of the LORD hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley.

And he said, Ye shall not send.

2:17 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not. 2:18 And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not?

2:19 And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is nought, and the ground barren.

2:20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.

2:21 And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. 2:22 So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.

2:23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.

2:24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD.

And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

2:25 And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria." (2 Kings 2:1-25 KJV)

It is typical of a deceived and unconverted world (see What And Where Is Babylon Today?) to mock what is true and right, according to the Word of God, because they as-yet ignore the Word of God - regardless of how "Christian" they may claim to be (see Is Your Church A Cult?).

The Holy Scriptures

"6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:1-9 KJV)

The Judgment of God awaits all - whether they have come to love and obey the Word of God, or whether they have chosen to mock it (see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff).

"1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 1:15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.

1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen." (Jude 1:10-25 KJV)

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This Day In History, January 8

307: Jin Huidi, Emperor of China's Jin Dynasty, was assassinated by poisoning; he was succeeded by his son Jin Huaidi.

871: Alfred the Great led a West Saxon army against an invasion of Danelaw Vikings.

1297: In Monaco, Franceschino Grimaldi, disguised as a monk, sneaked into the Genoese-controlled fortress, let in his own soldiers, and established the Grimaldi dynasty.

1499: Louis XII of France, after a papal divorce, married Anne, Duchess of Brittany, to keep the duchy for the crown.

1598: Jews were expelled from Genoa, Italy.

1642: Galileo Galilei, Italian mathematician, astronomer, physicist and developer of the astronomical telescope, died at age 78 (see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible and Parabolic Prophecies).

1656: The oldest surviving commercial newspaper began, in Haarlem, Netherlands.

1681: The treaty of Radzin ended 5 years of war between the Turks (i.e. the Ottoman Empire; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) against Russia and Poland.

1745: England, Austria, Saxony and the Netherlands formed an alliance against Russia.

1780: A magnitude 7.7 earthquake killed 80,000 people and caused major damage to the city of Tabriz, Iran.

1806: Cape Colony, South Africa became a British colony.

1815: The battle of New Orleans between U.S. and British forces. It was the last battle of the War of 1812 (1812-1814), although the war was officially over when the battle was fought - a peace treaty had actually been signed in Europe 2 weeks earlier, but the news had not reached the armies of either side until up to a month later in some more remote areas.

1926: Abdul Aziz ibn Saud became the King of the Hejaz, which he announced would from then on be called Saudi Arabia (see Paul's Geography Lesson).

1941: Robert Baden-Powell died at age 84. The British army officer, hero of the South African (Boer) War of 1899-1902, was founder of the Boy Scouts.

1959: Charles de Gaulle became the first president of France's Fifth Republic. He took office for a second term on this day in 1966.

1998: A quote from a pro-cloning scientist: "You can't stop science. God made man in His own image. God intended for man to become one with God. ... Cloning and the reprogramming of DNA is the first serious step in becoming one with God."


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