Proverbs 14:9 (NKJV)
9 Fools mock at sin,
But among the upright there is favor.
Proverbs 14:9 (NIV)
9 Fools mock at making amends for sin,
but goodwill is found among the upright.
Proverbs 14:9 (ESV)
9 Fools mock at the guilt offering,
but the upright enjoy acceptance.
My friends, sin is not a laughing matter. Making matters right from sinful words and deeds is not a laughing matter. Bringing an offering to God for our sin is not a laughing matter. As long as there has been comedy, sin has been made fun of. We laugh when people imitate a drunk, a prostitute, a homosexual, a liar, and more. Comedy makes fun of good people by mocking righteousness and godliness. Saturday Night Live has created an entire new taste for making fun of any one and any thing at any given time. To “roast” someone is to make fun of them at any level that can be imagined.
To mock something is to make light of it so that it seems unimportant or unnecessary. Mockery makes fun of something or someone who is doing something; both good and bad can be made fun of and belittled. This proverb is especially interesting to us who love the Lord, love righteousness and grieve when we sin. Sin is not a small thing to us; sin is not something that we would mock and make light of. When we do sin against another person, we want them to take our apology seriously and carefully so that our relationship will be restored.
This proverb tells us that foolish people mock both sin itself and any efforts to reconcile the pain that sin has caused. Sin is not a laughing matter. Sin is the most serious trauma on planet earth. Sin separated Adam and Eve from God and separated them from each other. Sin brought death to Abel at the hands of Cain. Sin brought the destruction of the world in the flood of God’s judgment. Sin brought the confusion of the languages of the world and sin has caused every death and every sickness in history. Every war is attributed to someone’s pride, selfishness, prejudice and hatred. Ultimately, sin brought the Savior to this earth where He suffered and died because of our sin.
Heed this warning, fools make a mockery of sin, its consequences, the efforts to reconcile from it. God sees sin as a serious issue to be fought against, died to, confessed, and repented from.
Do you have an appetite for the Word of God? Is that appetite being fed each week? I have been reminded of just how closely our enemies live and how quickly these enemies want to deceive us from God’s truth. Pray for one another to remain faithful to God, to seek His word daily, to sit under its preaching and teaching, and to have hearts and minds open to its messages. Our battles are real and the stakes are high. Pray together for us to be better and better students of God’s truths.
Have a great day in the Lord,