May 26th, 2019
Made A Gazingstock
Hebrews 10:32-33 (KJB) But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
A gazingstock… what is exactly is that?
This word is an archaic word which is no longer used today. It means to be made a spectacle. Or to be noticed by others. To be made a gazingstock meant that a person’s life, or better yet, his or her reaction to adversity at work was on display for others to see and consider.
These verses, in their ancient context, were about the persecution the Jewish believers faced. This can also be applied to the lives of all believers today, for the world watches our reaction to daily life and especially our persecution and struggles because of our public profession of faith in God.