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Tuesday, October 21 2014

Job 11: Crucified To The Sound Of Mockers

"They shall mock Him, and shall scourge Him, and shall spit upon Him, and shall kill Him: and the third day He shall rise again"

The English word "mock" means to imitate in a disrespectful manner, or to treat with contempt. Satan is the ultimate mocker of anything or anyone that is good, but humans can become just as evil in behavior, if not intent, usually as a matter of foolish arrogance i.e. to "look down" upon someone by mocking them. People can also do it when looking up to someone - as they did to the Messiah as He hung on the Cross (see the Fact Finder question below).

View from the Cross A number of Hebrew and Greek words of the Scriptures are translated as "mock."

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

  • 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)

Job's three friends were righteous men (see A Friend In Deed), but they failed, at first, to understand that trouble can come upon the righteous too because Satan targets them for being righteous (see How Did The Devil Challenge Job To Commit A Satan?, What Was In The Heart Of Job's Tabernacle? and What Did Satan Do To Job's Soul?).

Job's friends were becoming self-righteous by declaring Job circumstantially guilty without proof (see Innocent Until Proven Guilty). They not only mocked him for his truthful denial of wrongdoing, but they also accused Job of mocking them with his denial. The result was a greater Satanic attack ("Satan" means accuser) upon Job from the friends that had supposedly come to comfort him.

"11:1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

11:2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified? 11:3 Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed? 11:4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes. 11:5 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee; 11:6 And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.

11:7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? 11:8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? 11:9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.

11:10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him? 11:11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it? 11:12 For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

11:13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him; 11:14 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. 11:15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear: 11:16 Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away: 11:17 And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning. 11:18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety. 11:19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee. 11:20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost." (Job 11:1-20 KJV)

Fact Finder: Did the Messiah die at the sound of people mocking Him?
See The Mocker's Folly

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This Day In History, October 21

1096: During the "People's Crusade," the Turkish Seljuk forces of Kilij Arslan annihilated the Church of Rome's "People's Army." (see The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1097: During the First Crusade, Church of Rome "Crusaders" led by Godfrey of Bouillon, Bohemund of Taranto, and Raymond IV of Toulouse, began the Siege of Antioch. The "Crusades" were a series of wars fought between the great false "church" of Christianity and the Muslims over which of them would control Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad)

The People's Crusade 1209: The German King Otto IV was crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Innocent III (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Emperors and Popes).

1520: On the first-ever voyage around the world, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan entered a passage off the southern tip of South America. Today it is known as the Strait of Magellan.

1520: The coronation of Charles V (Hapsburg) at Aachen.

1529: King Henry VIII of England was named "Defender of the Faith" by the Pope after defending "the seven sacraments" against the teachings of "protestant" reformer Luther. Henry later rebelled against the papacy (when the pope refused to grant Henry's repeated divorces) and created the Church of England with adulterous Henry (who thereafter declared himself not to be an adulterer) as the head of his church.

1790: The French Tricolor was chosen as the flag of France.

1805: The Battle of Trafalgar during the Napoleonic Wars. A British fleet under the command of Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated a combined French and Spanish fleet off the coast of Spain, thereby leaving Britain the greatest naval force in the world for the next 200 years (until the Second World War when the U.S. Navy was expanded and replaced Britain as the world's Imperial power - ironic, in that the U.S. became what it was founded against). Admiral Nelson, age 47, was killed in the battle.

1824: Portland cement was first patented, by Joseph Aspdin of Wakefield in Yorkshire, England.

1854: The British nurse Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses were sent to the Crimean War.

1880: John A. Macdonald (Canada's first Prime Minister) and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company signed a contract for the construction of a cross-Canada railway. "The Last Spike" was put in 5 years later, on November 5 1885.

1921: U.S. President Warren Harding delivered the first speech by a sitting President against lynching in the deep south.

1923: The first planetarium was opened, at the Deutsche Museum in Munich, Germany.

1940: At the start of the Second World War, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in referring to a German invasion of Britain across the English Channel, challenged Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) in a radio speech, "We are awaiting the long-promised German invasion - and so are the fishes" (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1944: During the Second World War, the first documented "kamikaze" attack occurred when a Japanese plane carrying a 200 kilograms / 440 pounds bomb attacks the HMAS Australia off Leyte Island.

1950: The Battle of Yongju during the Korean War. British and Australians of the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade fought the North Korean 239th Regiment.

1959: U.S. President Eisenhower signed an executive order to enable the captured Nazi scientist Wernher von Braun (the developer of the rockets that Hitler used to bomb Britain) and other "rehabilitated" Nazi war criminals to work at NASA to develop the U.S. space program.

1960: HMS Dreadnought, Britain first nuclear submarine, was launched.

1966: A coal mine slag heap slid and buried a school in the Welsh village of Aberfan. 116 children and 28 adults were killed.

1967: During the Vietnam War, over 100,000 war protesters gathered in Washington, D.C.

1967: A few months after the end of the Six Day War, Egyptian missiles sank the Israeli destroyer Eilat off Sinai. Israel responded by shelling the major oil installations in the Egyptian port town of Suez.

1983: The seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures defined the metre as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second.

1988: In New York, a U.S. Court indicted former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, on charges of fraud and racketeering that they committed in the Philippines.


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