My Favorite Proverbs: Recognizing the Seriousness of Sin (Prov. 14:9)
Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is favor.
Today’s proverb asserts a cold reality: People who mock at sin are fools. Three verses after this one we get a glimpse of one reason this is true: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” For a man to follow his own way when God calls that way sin, is death.Sin is no laughing matter. All Christians feels a morality shift that has grown in our country for the last few decades and is now phenomenal in scope. While there is much good in society and we’re thankful for our country, we just can’t believe that God-blessed-America has come to where she is home to rampant and blatant disrespect for God and His word. Jesus knew sin was serious:
“Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!”“If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire” (Matt. 18:7-9).
To mock sin is to mock God who decides and declares what is sinful. Sin is against God.No one successfully mocks God, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal. 6:7). We may live our lives mocking various ones and their laws—the laws of our parents, of school teachers, of employers, of the police; but God’s law won’t be mocked.
Are you a Christian?
Let the words of today’s proverb resonate in your heart and then consider three more verses on the subject of sin:
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 Jn. 1:8).
“And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world” (1 Jn. 2:2).
“And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).
Would you like to study what the Bible has to say about having your sins washed away? Write me and we’ll talk.
Bible Time with Glenn and Cindy
Tonight, let’s wrap up our lessons about David and Bathsheba with a quiz game. We suggest a treasure map with questions and a real buried treasure if you have young children, a yard and a good place to bury.
(This week, I buried (barely) a little doll and a couple of tiny stuffed animals, sealed in a zippy bag for my grandchildren out in our yard and you would have thought they had uncovered the Hope diamond with that little shovel!) In this game, as they successfully answer questions, they get new locations toward the treasure, until they reach the spot marked by the X. (Example, first if they get a correct answer, take the first taped arrow off the map. Underneath that arrow the map might say “Go outside the front door.”) Keep asking questions, alternating children for answers, and removing arrows off the map for instructions…”Go to the end of the sidewalk,” etc… Make sure you have at least ten arrows before you get to the X, where you have buried the treasure. Alternately, of course, you can play all sorts of other games with the questions. ( A general rule for almost any game is that you have to answer before getting your turn or a point or a bullet for your Nerf war. =))
- Where was David when he first saw Bathsheba?
- What was Bathsheba doing when David first saw her?
- What was Bathsheba’s husband’s name?
- What did David take that did not belong to him?
- Who was David’s army captain?
- Who did not go home to his wife?
- Who was killed in the battle?
- Who was the prophet who came to David?
- What happened to the baby in the story?
- What was stolen in the story that Nathan told David?
Questions for the teeny people:
- Who was the king?
- Did the king always obey God?
- Who blesses us when we do right?
- What is true success?
- What does it mean to steal something?
- Is God pleased with stealing?
- In what book do we read about David?
- Who gave us the Bible?
- Are people who disobey God really happy people?
- What is God’s ideal for marriage?
Pray with your children.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.