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Scholars and Scoffers

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”  2 Peter 3:3-4

I wanted to write a short article on this.  It surprised me recently, how similar the words scholars, and scoffers are.


Let's look at the Biblical meaning of the word scoffer, which is the Greek word, empaiktēs

ἐμπαίκτης empaíktēs, emp-aheek-tace'; from G1702; a derider, i.e. (by implication) a false teacher:—mocker, scoffer.

That is, a scoffer, is a FALSE TEACHER.


'Old English scol(i)ere ‘schoolchild, student’, from late Latin scholaris, from Latin schola (see school).' - Oxford Dictionary.

School, 'Old English scōl, scolu, via Latin from Greek skholē ‘leisure, philosophy, lecture place’, reinforced in Middle English by Old French escole. - Oxford Dictionary.

“But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.”  Acts 19:9 
School, where the word scholar, is derived, the Greek word skholē, as used in Acts 19:9
σχολή scholḗ, skhol-ay'; probably feminine of a presumed derivative of the alternate of G2192; properly, loitering (as a withholding of oneself from work) or leisure, i.e. (by implication) a "school" (as vacation from physical employment):—school.
σχολή • (skholḗ) f (genitive σχολῆς); first declension

leisure, free time
that in which leisure time is spent, especially lecture, disputation, discussion
place where lectures were given, school, lecture hall

(in the plural) the Praetorian guard (see Latin scholae) Source.

Scholars and Scoffers, the line drawn is a thin one


Essentially, a 'scholar' in the historical sense, describes one who is at a 'school', which is a place where leisure time is spent.  One isn't actually working, in the sense of physical labour, but one has time to spend discussing with others, debating, resting.  People have free time.

Isn't it any wonder that students, professors, lecturers, doctors, have so much time on their hands, to debate, to dabble in subjects which mostly do not affect the average person.  The average person goes to work, takes care of their family, keeps and runs a house, along with the obligations that go along with it.  High minded ideas and debates are not something he or she has time for.  There is a life to be lived.


A scoffer is someone who is a false teacher, a derider.  One with simple ideas, is brutish in ideals, but, has time on their hands, much like the 'scholar' to debate trivial aspects, has the leisure time to enforce simplistic ideas and selfish, unconsidered beliefs.  We see this reflected on social media.  Posts and arguments about 'hairstyles', imagined 'rights' of people they do not even know or understand.  Imagined 'rights' of animals, plants, trees.  Silly ideas like trees are as important as people, because they are 'life forms'.  Time wasted in debates between alcoholics, bored unemployed people, both young and old, of any age.

Today, scholars and scoffers are alike

As the world becomes less labour intensive, that is, people have less WORK to do, and more TIME for LEISURE, ie with nothing really to do, so it is that everyone becomes an 'expert' in everything, with opinions on subjects about anything.  Women's rights.  Ethnic rights.  How women should behave like men and men should behave like women.  Ideas like, there are no genders: trans-sexuals, or, as it's called now, 'transgender'.

The Bible saw this coming in the last days, did it not?
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  2 Tim. 3:1-7

Doesn't this describe how the world's become?  Endless 'selfies' on social media.  My RIGHTS. My RIGHTS.  Be EMPOWERED.  Be WHO YOU ARE.  Discover YOURSELF.  Where is it said now, be satisfied with the knowledge of Christ, of the Holy Spirit inside you? Where is it said now, be selfless, do not boast of your good deeds, sacrifice yourself for others?  Be a quiet, and humble person?  It is not said.

The scholar has become the scoffer.  And the scoffer is the scholar.

What SHOULD we Study?

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  2 Tim. 2:15

Notice, we are to study the word of truth, that is, the Bible, rightly dividing the word of truth.  The Bible.  Notice that it is called WORK - a WORKMAN.  Studying the word of God is not wasting our time with foolish forms of leisure, but the pleasant satisfaction of actual ACHIEVING, that we get through WORK.

Here we have the true teacher and the student.  The Word of God, and the child of God; the Christian who studies their Bible.
Workman: From the Greek, workman, ergatēs
ἐργάτης ergátēs, er-gat'-ace; from G2041; a toiler; figuratively, a teacher:—labourer, worker(-men).
    1. a workman, a labourer
        A.usually one who works for hire esp. an agricultural worker

“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night..”  Psalm 1:2

14th September 2018.


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