Wine is a Mocker

Proverbs 20:7 Dissected & Defined

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging:  and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Dissected and Defined

Wine is the fermented juice of grapes.  A mocker is someone who imitates with contempt. Strong drink is strongly distilled solutions, usually containing alcohol.  Deceived is to be misled.

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

The key word in this verse is mocker — someone who imitates with contempt. Contempt a strongly held and mean opinion. So using the double-defined meanings we see that a mocker imitates another while possessing a strongly held mean opinion.

Now who is behind such mean mockery? We are told in 2 Corinthians that Satan likes to transform himself into an angel of light. Transform means to change in form.

This is the same word used in Romans 12:2. It is the process God uses to conform us to the image of Christ. He first transforms our mind. Satan cannot transform man. He can influence man, but he cannot change man’s form. We have a free will and it will yield to one of two masters. If we give him our mind, will or emotions (soul) he may control us or influence us away from God, but he cannot change our form.

Alternative Influences

So, instead he has created alternative influences that he can change in form, or transform. Satan can change a weed used for rope into marijuana. He can use leaves from a Erythroxylon tree to create Cocaine. The devil can change a medicine used in the Civil war into Heroine, or a medicine used in World War I to create opiate-based pain killers that would be sold in bulk to believers with a doctor’s permission, without regard to the role of the Great Physician. Sometimes he will transform tobacco plants to kill millions and he will transform grapes to deceive the entire world! Why? To mislead the world. 

The Devil is a Mocker

Why would anyone do something so cruel?  Because he lives to imitate someone—to be a mocker. He will be “just like the most high.”  Yet his envy and pride causes him  to do this with contempt—a strongly held mean opinion toward us and God. 

Do you realize how much the devil hates you right now?

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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