The Scorner

April 21, 2014

The Scorner

            We don’t often call people scorners, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. They aren’t mentioned directly in the New Testament, but there is frequent reference to scorners in the Old Testament. The most frequent references to them are found in the book of Proverbs. To help me understand who they are, I copied all the references to scorners in the book of Proverbs and spent some time meditating on them. Below are the references and my comments on them.

“He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot” (Proverbs 9:7). It is a waste of time to try to help a scorner. Proverbs 25:12 tells us that a wise man has an obedient ear. “As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.”

“Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee” (Proverbs 9:8). God commands us to leave a scorner alone, because he will turn on you if you try to help him.

“A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke” (Proverbs 13:1). The scorner refuses to believe that he could be wrong.

“A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth” (Proverbs 14:6). Could it be that he can’t find wisdom because he is negative about everything?

“A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise”(Proverbs 15:12). He responds negatively to those who try to help him

“Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge” (Proverbs 19:25). To smite a scorner doesn’t mean we beat him. It is to stand up to him and let him know that he is in error. If we smite a scorner it doesn’t do anything for him. It is a learning experience, however, for the simple.

“When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge” (Proverbs 21:11). Isaiah 29:20 says that “the scorner is consumed.” He is punished. When that happens the simple are made wise. They learn that they ought not be scornful.

“Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath” (Proverbs 21:24).

The scorner is proud and haughty. For that reason he refuses to accept correction. Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

“Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease” (Proverbs 22:10). The scorner is a trouble maker.

“The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men” (Proverbs 24:9). People don’t enjoy being around a scorner. Having a friend who is a scorner is like carrying a heavy stone around with you. Proverbs 27:3 says, “A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.”

After taking note of who the scorner is and what he is like, I’m convinced that I don’t want to be one. How about you?

We are fortunate if we have discernment to recognize the scorners. They are fault finders. They judge others on the basis of their faults; not their merits. If he hangs around you very long he will find your faults. To scorn means to look with disfavor on something or someone. He may not find fault with you in your presence, but if he finds fault with everyone but you, most likely he will tell everyone he knows about your faults when you aren’t present.

There is much that is wrong in this world and much that needs to be fixed. We need discernment to recognize that which is wrong, but something is wrong if we are continually finding fault with others. We need some fixers. We need more commenders. It doesn’t take much intelligence to find what’s wrong. To find a way to correct that which is wrong is much more commendable. There is much that is good in the world. We need to talk more about that and praise God for it.

A scorner can’t be helped unless he is willing to accept help. It’s doubtful that he will accept help, unless he is willing to recognize that he has a problem. If you recognize that you are prone to park on the negative side too much, you need to ask God to forgive you and help you change.

God helps those who are his. God has lots of children, but not so many that he gets confused about who they are. II Timothy 2:19 says “The Lord knoweth them that are his.” If you aren’t sure if you are a child of God, you need to come to him as it says in John 1:12. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” Confess to God that you are a sinner and ask him to save you and make you a child of his. If being scornful is your problem, you may not get victory over it overnight. Every time you find yourself being overly negative, confess it to God and ask him to help you get victory over it. He can and will fulfill the promise of II Corinthians 5:17. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”











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