THE SCOFFER'S PARADIGM

An ancient song contained this thought about minders and mockers.


Psalms 1:
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night…
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.


This company of mockers is found in a sitting position. They are not standing for what is right and true, and they will not stand in the judgment. Scoffers are not in the game—they are the armchair critics. Peter identifies their motivation.


2 Peter 3:
3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.
4 They will say, "Where is this `coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."


The scoffer’s paradigm is a continual mindset of questioning the veracity of God’s Word. Where is this ‘coming’ God promised? They appeal to history, as they know it. Our ancestors spoke about these things as if it would happen at any moment. Yet, here we are centuries later and still talking about it.

The scoffer believes his or herself to be a realist who can live in the way that fits their desire. They disregard the history that Scripture reveals and the trajectory it says we are on.

The scoffer forgets that God’s Word is powerful—the articulated breath of God speaks into chaos and forms Creation. The Divine Constructionist deconstructs by sending a flood and then starts again with certainty and vision. The Creator is also its Judge and we have no ground to stand on except what has been created and given to stand on.



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