Part 11 Forgotten Sins
Another set of sins having to do with the tongue. Jesting and joking are VERY popular today. It is everywhere! Modern sitcoms, stand-up comedians, jokes, anecdotes, babbling without purpose, inane cackling, and all other vain talking fits this sin. In a foolish generation like the present one, it is hard to imagine that this is a sin that God condemns severely. BUT He does and will! Keep the door of your lips! It is a fearful thing to fall into the hand of the Living God!
1. Foolish Talking: Talking that is fool-like, wanting in sense or judgment. Ridiculous, amusing, insignificant, paltry, poor, mean, or trifling speech. This is the opposite of gravity and sobriety.
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Matthew 12:36
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” Ephesians 5:3-5
“The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.” Proverbs 15:2
“For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.” Ecclesiastes 5:3
“Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel. After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them. And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain. If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.” Job 29:21-24
“But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.” Titus 3:9
“But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.” 2 Timothy 2:23
2. Jesting: The action of joking, pleasantry; trifling; ridicule.
A. Sport: To indulge in sport, fun, or ridicule, at, over, or upon a person or thing.
B. Sportingly: As a matter of amusement or diversion; in or with jesting words or speech; not earnestly or seriously.
“Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.” Ephesians 5:4
“If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.” Job 29:24
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
“As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?” Proverbs 26:18-19
“It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.” Ecclesiastes 7:2
“Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,” Isaiah 57:4
“And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.” 2 Kings 2:23-24
(For the intemperate ones who want to know how much jesting is allowed, the answer is none! If and when you become too sober and grave to please God and good men, then we will look for those verses suggesting levity, mirth, and hilarity. Your difficulty with understanding this prohibition is due to this foolish, inane, asinine generation; but one second at the judgment seat of Christ will cause you to understand. It is to learn this lesson that Solomon valued the house of mourning over that of feasting.)
God commands His children to be sober! Yes we are to be joyful, but being joyful does not include jesting and foolish talking! One of the verses above gives an example of exemplifying your joy in a godly fashion: Giving of thanks. Many people have said to my family members and I, “Why are you so sober?!” Answer: because the Lord commands it; because our adversary is seeking to devour us; because jesting is as inconvenient as fornication and filthiness! Let us walk soberly and gravely in this world!