Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. – Galatians 6:7-8 ESV
What a timely verse. We live in a time where the world openly mocks people who believe that the God of the Bible is the ONE TRUE GOD and that God’s word, is GOD’S WORD, not a recommendation, not an option, not a way to go- if everything else fails. It is interesting today, because not only are true believers mocked by NON-BELIEVERS, but many of us are mocked by so called, “Christians”. There are many Greek and Hebrew words that are translated mock, one is mukterizo, “to sneer at,” “mock,” literally, “to turn up the nose”. It can also mean; “to play upon,”, “deride”, “deceiveth,” “deceive,” margin. When we deceive ourselves and others, when we pretend to follow God, but do not listen to His word, or follow His Word, it is a form of mockery! Now, we all fall short of the glory of God, no one is perfect- we are all sinners in need of a savior! We cannot live the Christian life, only Christ living in us can do that. However, there should be some effort to align our life, our choices and our beliefs with what God and His Word, versus what our FLESH and our WORLD say! “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (John 14:15,21) It is time to CEASE and DESIST with our mocking of God. Pretending to follow Him, but excusing our voting habits, sexual habits, and our desire to fit into the world and accepting what the world says, versus what God says. “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46)
Leader, mocking God means disrespecting, dishonoring, denying, or ignoring His existence, and\or His Word. The Bible says that mockery is a behavior, a mindset, and an attitude shown by the fool (Psalm 74:22), the wicked (Psalm 1:1), the enemy (Psalm 74:10), the hater of knowledge (Proverbs 1:22; 13:1), the proud (Psalm 119:51; Isaiah 37:17), and the unteachable (Proverbs 15:12). The mocker’s heart can be cold, it can be prideful, and it is deceptive. In their foolishness and wickedness, they make regular decisions to trust in themselves and their own understanding- many times turning their back on God and pursuing their flesh, or evil. Mockers lack humility, wisdom, and goodness in spiritual matters, they trust in their flesh verses knowing that only GOD is worthy to trust! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:4-5) In the Old Testament, prophets of God where mocked similar to “true” believers in Christ today. The prophet Jeremiah became “the laughingstock of all peoples” and was “the object of their taunts all day long” (Lamentations 3:14). Nehemiah was mocked by his enemies (Nehemiah 2:19). Elisha was mocked by the youths of Bethel (2 Kings 2:23). David was mocked by Saul’s daughter, His wife, Michal was infuriated with the way that David handled himself after bringing the ark back into the city. 2 Samuel 6:16 says, “As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart.” If the Kings wife, who was supposed to be a child of God, mocked David for His passion for the Lord, it is no wonder that people who call themselves Christians mock other believers for not succumbing to the ways of the world and how the church is working to be liked by the world.
Conduit, no one was mocked and disrespected more than the Lord Jesus Christ—by Herod, by the soldiers, by the world, even by some who professed to believe in him. Soldiers seemed to enjoy mocking Jesus, see (Luke 23:11, Mark 15:20; Luke 23:36), He was mocked by a thief on a cross (Luke 23:39), and by the Jewish leaders who passed by the cross (Matthew 27:41). The hatred for God in the mockers’ hearts spilled out onto His followers also. To say that God is not mocked is a warning against mockery of what is HOLY. Eventually, inevitably, mockers will be punished. God warns the mockers who reject Him, will eventually pay a price, turning their mockery against them. Believers may criticize those outside the church who mock God, but the most subtle mockery of God, and the most dangerous, may be in our own hearts. We are guilty of mockery when our actions do not line up with our professions of faith, causing outsiders to mock God’s people with accusations of hypocrisy. An outward show of spirituality or godliness without an inward change of heart mocks God. To vote, believe and behave in ways that are an abomination to God is MOCKERY! God knows the heart of every man and woman and He knows whose hearts are turned from Him. The Bible gives us a way to challenge ourselves to see if we are mocking God: Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5) We would do well to examine our own hearts to see if we are truly in the and to be sure our actions back up HIS Word, and our professed faith. Psalm 1 helps us to understand If we are truly in the faith! “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:1–2). Walk with God- DO NOT MOCK Him by professing to follow Him, but instead, following your flesh and the world! Let His Words be your words, His way, be your way and His WILL be your will!