WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I? (Part 3)
The final level of foolishness is the most severe. Proverbs speaks of the scoffer or the mocker who is someone deliberating rejecting correction. They are essentially someone who shakes their fist at discipline and their arrogance is obvious to all.
Examples of this are found in Proverbs such as:
9:7,8 “Whoever corrects a mocker brings an insult;… Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you…”
13:1 “…but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.”
15:12 “A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.”
22:10 “Drive out the mocker and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.”
29:8 “Mockers stir up a city, …”
As you can see from these Proverbs, though no one is ever out of the reach of the arm of God to save, the mocker/scoffer puts themself in a position where it requires a long stretch. A picture example of a mocker is from the parable of what is known as the prodigal son. Here the son who initially rebelled essentially wished his father be dead by taking the inheritance in advance. His actions proved out his mocking but God’s grace eventually reached his heart. The irony of the story is the self-righteous brother ends up to be a mocker in the end.
Discipline is obviously very difficult for the mocker and scoffer and what needs to be considered are whom they are influencing. If their actions are contributing to the foolishness of others, then they need to be “driven out.” What this looks like calls for wisdom and discernment but as a parent, you must protect the simple and the fools of your household from moving toward mocking or scoffing your discipline.