Thursday, October 27, 2011

Proverbs 14 : 6 Scorners and Searchers

There are a lot of examples of scorners in the Bible, alongside the examples of wise, righteous men. Let's look at our verse for today:

"A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth."

What exactly is scorn? Webster gives us some synonyms: disdain, disrespect, derision, even mocking. Do you recall when Christ allowed himself to be taken prisoner, and came before Herod? Herod was really pleased that Pilate had sent Him over --- do you know why? Herod had heard of His miracles, and hoped that he would get to see one in person! When Jesus didn't comply, he showed his scorn and mocked Christ, and sent Him back to Pilate.

Nowadays, you may hear someone say something scornful. They may suggest that they will do or say a certain thing, if they see some sign that would be from God. Or they may ridicule portions of the Bible that they don't understand. They'll say that the verses can't possibly be true, or couldn't really have happened.

Solomon is saying here that a scorner will be unable to understand the things of God. Things in the Scripture can be very difficult for them, but for those who delight in the Word, and are willing to learn, and be enlightened, the same verses can be so very clear and plain to them. Jesus told us this in Matthew 13:11, when "He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." Now, if they repented of their attitudes and truly changed, and wanted to learn, they would be like the others Jesus spoke of: "But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear."

When we don't understand the things that are divine, the course we should follow is to ask God to show us, and enlighten us. With prayer and study, the Scriptures will become plain to us, and be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.


Belinda said...

It's hard to explain to those who question and scorn things that happened in the Bible, why God did what He did. And sometimes even if God reveals to you the perfect answer to those folks, they still mock and scorn, refusing to accept. We just have to trust that God will reveal to each of us what He wants us to know and understand. Do the best we can when others scorn, and allow the Word to light our path.

JuneBug, Milta and SnowPea said...

In our home just within the last 24 hours we were challenged with this very thing. OMG Tonya I felt the Spirit hug me as I said this: Our love must not be a thing of words and fine talk. It must be a thing of action and sincerity (1 John 3:18).
Modern people are so focused on changing the bible truth to fit their own selfess needs - it's something we see all the time. Jorge and I work beyond hard to keep that truth faith as it was meant to be!!

Hillbilly Tonya said...

I have a really hard time with people that scorn. I am not a good debate-ist at all.

Your last paragraph is oh so true, Evie. People changing it to suit their desires. Even Christians. Gosh even me probably at one time or another.