There are many things in life that we take offense to: traffic, the clerk at the store, waiting in line at the store, someone jumping the line in front of you, not being acknowledged, the government, the news, drivers on the road, someone looking at you, someone talking to you, your boss, your friends, your church, your pastor, we can even become offended at God.
Offense, offenses, offend, offended and offender appears, from what I have been able to find, at least 213 times in scripture.
In Matthew 24: 10;12;13 AMP Jesus is talking and says that in the end, before He comes back, 12: Many will be offended and repelled and will begin to distrust and desert [Him Whom they ought to trust and obey] and will stumble and fall away and betray one another and pursue one another with hatred.
Offense defined in the Strongs concordance 4625
Scandalon- in Greek, a stick for bait (of a trap), generally a snare, a stumbling block, and offense.
1- skandalon -properly, the trigger of a trap(the mechanism closing a trap down on the unsuspecting victim); (figuratively) an offense, putting a negative cause-and-effect relationship into motion.
2- (the means of stumbling) stresses the method (means) of entrapment, i.e. How someone is caught by their own devices ( like their bias, carnal thinking).
If you're walking down a path or a road, and you see a large rock, what will you do to continue down it? If it's unpassable, the rock is in your way, you will find an alternate way. You will go around it or over it. What about a small rock, like a pebble, how likely are you to see it? What can happen if you don't? You may trip, another word, you may stumble, and sometimes, the stumble will cause you to fall. It is not the most obvious things that make us trip, stumble and or fall. It is oftentimes things that are not so apparent to us.
1. Recognizing 4 common things that can cause offense.
1. People are perfectly imperfect