Proverbs & Rebukes: Whom Should You Not Rebuke? (Part 2)
November 22, 2019
November 22, 2019
Don’t Mock the Wicked.
The question is “Whom should you NOT rebuke? Don’t rebuke a mocker (Part 1); Don’t rebuke the wicked. Here’s the second blog post on whom NOT to rebuke.
You should not rebuke a wicked person.
Proverbs 9:7 says, “The one who corrects a mocker will bring abuse on himself; the one who rebukes the wicked will get hurt.”
Scott Sauls in his book From Weakness to Strength, tells a story about D.L. Moody. He was preaching to a large crowd and he had his own Shimei experience.
“A young, self-assured, know-it-all seminary student in the crowd began to publicly challenge the things that Moody, the veteran evangelist, was saying. This student rudely interrupted him several times and tried to trip him up. Eventually, Moody got fed up with the young man’s rude behavior and snapped at him. The evangelist used his gift with words to punish the young man, sharply putting him in his place. Thinking that the young man got what he deserved, the crowd showed their hearty approval of Moody’s response. Then, later in his talk, Moody stopped himself and said in front of them all: ‘Friends, I have to confess before all of you that at the beginning of my meeting I gave a very foolish answer to my brother down here. I ask God to forgive me, and I ask him to forgive me.’”
Was the young man who challenged Moody wicked? We don’t have enough information to answer that definitively, but we can discern that at the very least, he was foolish. Moody rebuked him, and suffered because of it. The most interesting part of the story is how Moody rebuked himself publicly and apologized publicly as well.
D. L. Moody was a man who could take a rebuke, even if it was his own rebuke!
How ‘bout you? When was the last time you were rebuked? How did you respond?
Scott Sauls, From Weakness to Strength; 8 Vulnerabilities that can bring out the best in your leadership; Publisher David C. Cook; Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.