Do not sit in the seat of mockers
The last thing that the Psalmist tells us about not recognizing the voice of strangers is
Blessed is the man who does not …. sit in the seat of mockers.
– Psalm 1:1 (NIV)
Mockers are the worst kind of all.
Ungodly could be anyone of us, as we tend to follow the world at times, ignoring the Word of God. But, sooner or later, we will understand our folly and come back to the LORD.
Sinners are those who commit sins, right? Not exactly. The original word in Hebrew means anyone who has missed the mark. That is the LORD has something great planned for us and instead we pick something else, we have missed the mark, have sinned and are sinners. But still, when we realize where we went wrong, we will repent and come back to our Savior.
But mockers are different. They know exactly what they are doing and not only they don’t care about it, they actually flaunt their sinful deeds. They are proud of their behavior and they mock others who are trying to follow the Word of the LORD. Which is obviously on the increase .
What does it mean to sit in the seat of mockers? It does not mean we have become mockers, it just means we are associating with them. We are comfortable with them and more importantly, we like the praise they lavish on us for being so open-minded and liberal about their deeds. The Bible talks about such a person.
Lot was sitting at Sodom’s gate. – Gen. 19:1 (AMP)
In ancient times, sitting near the city gate was a honor given to the most prominent of the citizens of the city. It was where the most important matters were discussed and resolved. Lot was not a native of Sodom. He came to the city and within a short amount of time, he was treated with respect.
Though he earned the respect of the people of Sodom, he was not a happy man. The Bible attests to the inner turmoil he was suffering.
Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men… – 2 Peter 2:7 (NIV)
Lot was distressed by the filthy lives of Sodomites. And, Lot was a righteous man. You may be exactly like Lot. You may be a righteous Christian, living a life according to the Word of the LORD. And you may be distressed by the filthy lives of sodomites around you. But beware of the mistake Lot did. He still chose to sit with them. You may be distressed by their lives, but because of the social stigma attached with opposing such a life style, you may still choose to be a “liberal”.
Blessed is the man who does not sit in the seat of mockers. Lot chose to sit with them. He lost his wife. His daughters committed incest. His descendants became a curse unto the descendants of Abraham who interceded for the deliverance of Lot.
You may not have much choice around where you live and who your neighbors are going to be. You can not choose who your fellow workers are going to be. But there is one choice you can make – whether to sit with the mockers or not? The choice is yours.
|Colossians 2:9-10“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.”
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Posted on July 15, 2013, in Christian Life, Daily Manna, Strong Tower and tagged blessing and cursing, choose life, Deuteronomy 30:19, Do not sit in the seat of mockers, Lot, mockers, Psalm 1:1, set before you life and death, sinners, Sodom, ungodly. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.