“Proud,” “Haughty,” “Scoffer,” are his names, who acts with insolent pride. (NASB)
All through Proverbs we see choices are presented to man in the course of life. When we deal with becoming poor in spirit the choice is: do we walk in humility or do we walk in pride? This passage before us shows the negative choice in action. This is what happens when we make the wrong choice of walking in pride; and the results are not pretty. When we choose to walk in pride we come to the point of holding contempt for God and His plan for our day to day lives. Pride causes us to miss all that God desires for us as we move through life in our own strength and labor with resulting disasters Proverbs and other Scriptures warn us will happen to us because of our choice. The warnings are in the Word of God and should be heeded. We have no excuse if we go against God and want to live life as we please by leaving the protecting and loving hand of our heavenly Father. The choice is between blessing and tragedy. The Lord wants to be in control of our lives because He knows best. God desires for us to submit to His plan as a child submits to his father. To not submit is simply rebellion against the loving Father.
Proud and Haughty. Pride is the behavior of unbelievers in the Scriptures because pride is contrary to the submission of God, thus rebellion. As such, pride should have no place in the life of the Believer. The entirety of Scripture reiterates this point, especially in Proverbs. Pride is becoming independent from God and walking contrary to Him. Pride in Scripture draws God’s scorn and His judgment. When we think so highly of ourselves it is impossible to walk in the ways of God and to be obedient to the call of Christ. This is all contrary to the character we are seeking – to be poor in spirit.
Scoffer is his name. The word for scoffer means one who boasts, scorns, mocks, derides, imitates, or expresses utter contempt. The Scoffer is a fool because he does not recognize the loving hand of God and Proverbs tells us a lot about him: he is driven by the ways of the world and not the ways of the Lord. The following passages talk about the scoffer:
A WISE son heeds [and is the fruit of] his father’s instruction and correction, but a scoffer listens not to rebuke. (Proverbs 13:1, Amplified)
A scoffer seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands. (Proverbs 14:6, Amplified)
A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, he will not go to the wise. (Proverbs 15:12, NASB)
He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy. (Proverbs 17:21, NKJV)
Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will increase in knowledge. (Proverbs 19:25, Amplified)
When the scoffer is punished, the fool gets a lesson in being wise; but men of [godly] Wisdom and good sense learn by being instructed. (Proverbs 21:11, Amplified)
Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out; yes, strife and abuse will cease. (Proverbs 22:10, Amplified)
The plans of the foolish and the thought of foolishness are sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to men. (Proverbs 24:9, Amplified)
Who acts with insolent pride. The actions of the Scoffer are driven by his pride because that is his character; it is who he is. He purposefully acts against the will of God because he is running his own show, in his arrogance he believes he knows better than God. The man that is poor in spirit also acts because of his character and stays within the will of God in holy submission and all humility. Why? Because he recognizes the Lord knows better, sees the whole picture, and has the Believer’s best interest in view. Why? Because He is the loving Father who desires the best for His child.
Meditate on the above passages concerning the scoffer and commit in your heart to not walk in his way.