A co-worker recently observed “maybe some people’s legacy is to only show to the world how not to live.” Like our Proverb today, “a scorner (or mocker) seeks wisdom but finds none.” Before we go all reflective on the jerks we know, let’s reflect on ourself - how we live and see our legacy. Is there hope for the mocker?
Look at Gideon’s legacy. Threshing his grain in a winepress to hide from national enemies, he is desperate. He declares God is at fault. He scorns God. But the next word is “Then” in Judges 6:11. The Lord visits Gideon and tells him “the Lord is with you” and “go in the strength you have.” God is patient with Gideon’s multiple tests. God uses Gideon to save the nation. God changes Gideon’s legacy.
Look at Jesus. In Luke 22-23, He is before the Jewish council. Peter has betrayed Him and left. They are beating Jesus and definitely mocking His legacy. Twice Jesus answers questions about Himself. The Council shouts “are you claiming to be the Son of God?” Jesus replies “You say that I am.” And later to Pilate, Jesus is asked, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus replies “You have said it.” Again is there still hope for these mockers? They both must answer in their minds or hearts what they asked. “Did I just speak the truth about Jesus?” “But do I, or could I, ever call Him my Messiah?” Jesus’ legacy as Son of God is certainly intact. It pains me to think, what about the council, what about Pilate?
This season as we celebrate a Risen Lord, reflect on the Gideon in each of us. “If you are all You say You are, please help me.” The Lord is with you - go in the strength you have. Then reflect on Luke’s passage. Jesus asks each of us, “What do you say about Me?” “Who am I to you?”
Jesus, You are my Savior, my Lord, my Advocate, my High Priest, my best Counselor… And I truly believe that testimony. Let me tell about You to my council, to my Pilate.
Be amazed. There is hope for the mocker. Legacies are reborn.