Proverbs 1:26 (Mini Sermon)Submitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Thursday, March 21, 2019.
26. Pro 1:26 - "I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;" A. The punishment for repeatedly choosing to hate knowledge (Pro 1:22) and refuse reproof (Pro 1:25) is calamity. i. Calamity n. - The state or condition of grievous affliction or adversity; deep distress, trouble, or misery, arising from some adverse circumstance or event. ii. Destruction is the result of stubborn ignorance (Hos 4:6). iii. The judgment for repeatedly rejecting wisdom is not a slap on the hand or a mild reprimand; but rather grievous affliction, deep distress, and misery. iv. If this seems severe, remember that "it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Heb 10:31). v. If it seems far-fetched that such calamity could result from rejecting wisdom's counsel, then just ask the approximately one fourth of all young adults who are suffering the grievous affliction of sexually transmitted diseases because they rejected wisdom's ample warning to "flee fornication" (1Co 6:18). B. I also will laugh at your calamity. i. God has a sense of humor, laughing at the calamity of fools who hate knowledge and despise reproof. ii. Every instance of the LORD laughing in scripture is the laughter of derision (Psa 2:2-4). iii. Derision n. - The action of deriding or laughing to scorn; ridicule, mockery. iv. The Lord laughs at the wicked who plot against the just (Psa 37:12-13; Psa 59:8). v. This may seem cruel of God to laugh at the anguish of sinners, even though they brought it upon themselves. a. But recall that these fools set at nought (to scorn) God's counsel (Pro 1:25). b. In that they scorned Him, God simply responds in kind, "answer[ing] a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit" (Pro 26:5). c. When the wisdom of God walked the earth and spoke the truth to men they laughed him to scorn (Mat 9:24). d. Turnabout is fair play: as Jesus said to the wicked, "woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep" (Luk 6:25). e. God will get the last laugh. C. I will mock when your fear cometh. i. God will not only laugh at those who despise His words, but will also mock them. ii. Mock v. - To hold up to ridicule; to deride; to assail with scornful words or gestures. iii. Notice that the LORD said that He will mock when, not if, their fear comes. iv. The judgment that follows the rejection of God's reproof is not a possibility but a promise. v. Those who delight in scorning and mocking God's judgments will one day be suffering under severe adversity only to look up to God in the heavens who will be howling with laughter and shooting out His lip in ridicule of them.