Day 31: Mocked
“All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. ‘He trusts in the Lord,’ they say, ‘let the Lord rescue Him. Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him’” (Psalm 22:7-8).
“Those who passed by hurled insults at Him, shaking their heads…In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked Him among themselves. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but He can’t save Himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe’” (Mark 15:29-32).
As we saw when we looked at “Betrayers” and “Enemies”, David and Jesus seem to have parallel experiences in terms of the relational struggles they endured (or at the very least, David prophetically foresaw what Jesus would experience). What is striking when we read Psalm 22 and Mark 15, is just how similar these experiences were. Along with Mark, Luke 23:35 and Matthew 27:39-43, repeat many of the same words, with vs. 43 adding, “He trusts in God. Let God rescue Him now if He wants Him, for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
“This shaking of the heads (or as Matthew puts it, wagging) means ‘the moving, nodding, or tilting of their heads as a contemptuous gesture,’ as if to sneeringly suggest that this was the end of a supposed Messiah” (Herbert Lockyer). It is one thing to disapprove of someone, it is another thing entirely to actively persecute, then deride, jeer and mock them when they meet their downfall. We are warned in Scripture not to take pleasure when our enemy meets his fate, lest God see our attitude and take the pressure off of them (Proverbs 24:17-18), and perhaps turn it to use to discipline us for the odious pride represented by our gloating.
These arrogant enemies were gloating, just as it says in Psalm 22:17, taunting Him with, “He trusts in the Lord…let the Lord rescue Him,” (v. 8). As He hung there dying for our sins, all they could do was mock. It is quite sobering to consider the terror they must have felt, when at their death they stood before the very One they mocked and learned that He was indeed who He claimed to be!
• When someone who is an enemy (or even just someone you dislike because of their views—say, politically) stumbles or tumbles, do you gloat, or do you lament, as David did when Saul was killed? When you realize this attitude may offend God, how does it affect your behavior?
• When Jesus asks forgiveness for those who “do not know what they are doing,” do you think it applies here? How is this a warning to us? ‘
Lord, that they would gloat as You died for our sins is appalling! Yet, then I think about my own arrogance, and the wickedness that arises in my heart when my enemy falls, and I realize that I am in danger of the same judgment as they. Lord, forgive me, and change my heart to be humble like Yours.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries
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