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(#81) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:9-Don’t Drown In A Rainstorm!

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 14:9: “Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor.”

To “mock” is to scoff at like a child, childish ridicule, or taunt someone else. Jesus showed a lack of planning ahead opens one to mocking (Luke 14:25-33), but this was falsely heaped upon Jesus, Himself, by the soldiers who crucified Him (Matthew 20:17-19), for Jesus had, indeed, planned ahead for His cross (Mark 8:31-33). Zophar, mis-representing Job, asked, “when you mock, should no one rebuke you?” (Job 11:3) Job, defending God, retorted, “can you mock Him as one mocks a man?” (Job 13:9) Mocking men is childish, but mocking God is insane! The Apostle Paul used the word “mock,” (turn up the nose) to press the issue: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). An up-turned nose can only drown someone in a rainstorm! God cannot be “mocked” without punishment, and all who “mock at sin” will reap their due reward! God considered sin so serious, that: (1) men have no remedy by themselves (Colossians 1:12-23); (2) He gave His only begotten Son to atone for our sins (Hebrews 9:24-28); (3) it is only through immersion a sinner receives the saving benefits of Jesus’ cross (Colossians 2:9-15). All who “mock” at this plan must face God on that day (Mark 16:15-16). All the comedians, sitcoms, entertainers, and propaganda press who childishly turn up their noses at the seriousness of sin and its consequences, will reap their reward from God, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences” (2 Corinthians 5:10-11).

Only “among the upright” (obedient to God’s Will) is the “favor” of God found. “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him “and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house (Acts 7:9-10; referring to Genesis 39-41). King David “found favor before God and asked to find a dwelling for the God of Jacob” (Acts 7:46). Another proverb says, “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished” (Proverbs 22:3). A word to the wise is sufficient.

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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An Action And A Reaction

When I think of an action and a reaction, I immediately think of Galations 6:7-8 (NKJV), where Paul states:

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

If we engage [sow] in the immoral vices of this world, i.e., “the flesh” (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galations 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 Timothy 1:9-10), we will not inherit the blessings of eternity (1 Corinthians 6:10; Galations 5:21; Ephesians 5:5). But, if we choose to follow [sow to ourselves] the teachings of the Bible that the Holy Spirit has provided for us, i.e., “the Spirit,” we will reap or inherit those eternal blessings that God has promised all of those who love Him (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Note the action of sowing and the reaction of reaping in this principle.

To go along with Galations 6:7-8, Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV) regarding our giving:

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

The same principle of sowing and reaping (action and reaction) holds true in our giving. If we sow sparingly, we will reap sparingly. If we sow bountifully, we will reap bountifully (cf. 2 Corinthians 8).

God’s principle of sowing and reaping (action and reaction) is simple. It’s putting the principle into practice that is difficult for many folks, including those in the Lord’s church.

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