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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Enemies Of The Lord: The Fool 2: Proverbs 26:8-12

8) As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so [is] he that giveth honour to a fool.
9) [As] a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so [is] a parable in the mouth of fools.
10) The great [God] that formed all [things] both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
11) As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly.
12) Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.

 

In this chapter, Solomon describes for us three of the greatest enemies of the Lord:
1.  The Fool (vs 1-12), One who does not apply the Word of God to their life.
2.  The Lazy (vs 13-16), One who is not diligent and industrious in their responsibilities
3.  The Cruel (vs 17-28), One who is angry, malicious and out of control

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, Solomon finishes his look at the fool. This study of the fool began in verse 1 of this chapter.

 

8) As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so [is] he that giveth honour to a fool.
1.  As he that fastens a small stone in a slingshot
2.  so is he that distributes respect and praise to a person who refuses to apply the Word to his life

It is an absolute waste of effort to fasten a small stone to a slingshot.  How can the stone be thrown when it is tied to the slingshot?   When we fasten the stone to the sling it is defeating the whole purpose of the slingshot…. to throw the stone.

Likewise, it is just as much a waste of effort when we bestow upon the foolish the respect and honor of men.  It is undoing the whole purpose that we are trying to accomplish…  we are trying to show the fool their foolishness and their need of the Lord.  By giving them respect and praise we are saying they are doing good by refusing to apply the Word of God to their lives.

 

“There is an evil [which] I have seen under the sun, as an error [which] proceedeth from the ruler:  Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.  I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.”   (Ecclesiastes 10:5-7)

 

 

9) [As] a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so [is] a parable in the mouth of fools.
1.  As a thistle enters the hand of one who is drunken and unfeeling
2.  so, too, is a genuinely wise saying being told by a fool.

When we come into contact with the truth of God, and do not apply it to our lives, it only adds to our responsibility when we stand before the Lord at the Day of Judgment.  This principle is shown in this Proverb…. When a fool learns, and then proclaims, a wise saying from the Lord, he is unknowingly hurting himself by increasing his responsibility before the Lord.

This is much like a drunkard who places his hand on a thistle and yet, does not realize he is hurting himself in the process.

Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.  But ye have not so learned Christ;  If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;”  (Ephesians 4:18-23)

 

 

10) The great [God] that formed all [things] both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
1.  The abounding Supreme One that twists and molds all creation will give what is deserved to both:
2.  those who do not apply His Word to their lives, and those who have steps over the limits that He has set for us.

Because God created us, He holds all authority over us.  One way He exercised His authority over us is by judging us on the last day.  It will be at that judgment that He will give to both the fool and the transgressor the punishment that they deserve.  Evil doers can escape the justice meted out by man in this world, but, apart from obtaining forgiveness from the Lord through faith, they will not be able to escape the judgment of God in the latter days.

 

“And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;  Who will render to every man according to his deeds:  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;”   (Romans 2:3-9)

 

 

11) As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly.
1.  As the dog turns back to what he has thrown up
2.  so the foolish man will turn back to his silliness.

Just as the nature of a dog is to desire his vomit, so, too, it is in the nature of a fool to desire words of foolishness.   The only way for a fool’s ways to change is if the Lord changes his nature through the act of regeneration (a major part of the salvation experience).

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”   (2 Peter 2:19-22)

 

12) Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.
1.  Do you recognize a man wise because he has deluded himself?
2.  There are greater expectations for a fool than for him.

When a foolish person thinks himself wise, he sees no need for spiritual counsel, and will not listen to those who minister to him.  When a foolish person recognizes his condition, he will be open to listen to the counsel of others.

This is a very important principle for us all to understand.  The worst possible thing we can do to someone is to give them assurance of their salvation when their hearts are not right with God.  In doing so, we are making them two fold more the child of hell by making them think they have no need of salvation.  They will have minds closed to the truth of the sinful condition before God.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.”   (Matthew 23:15)

SUMMARY:

In our study of the fool, we have seen that the fool can be characterized by:
1.  Not deserving respect or admiration
2.  A desire for harm to come upon the people of the Lord
3.  Purposely choosing to not apply the teachings of the Lord and, therefore the Lord must discipline them for a change to take place.
4. The fool’s attitude of His Word can be described as looking upon it as trivial and unimportant, rejecting its application to their life and, in many cases, actually making mockery of it.
5. A fool is hardened in his ways and no response will change the course of his life.
6. Thru the Lord’s intervention, if the fool has a teachable spirit it will be demonstrated by a willingness to listen.
7. The fool, based upon his attitude of God’s Word, will not be dependable, honest, or submissive to your authority.
8.  A great mark of the fool is pride that is manifested by the inability to recognize the true nature of their teachings and actions.
9.  It is a waste of effort when we bestow upon the foolish the respect and honor of men. It opposes our efforts to show the fool their foolishness and their need of the Lord.
10. When the fool comes into contact with the truth of God, and does not apply it, it only adds to their responsibility before God.
11.  It is at the final judgment that God will give to the fool the punishment that they deserve.
12.  Just as the nature of a dog is to desire his vomit, so, too, it is in the nature of a fool to desire words of foolishness.
13. When a foolish person thinks himself wise, he sees no need for spiritual counsel, and will not listen to those who minister to him.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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17 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    and people wonder sometimes why their lives seem to always be in a mess………..thank you Rob for a great message

  2. Debbie says:

    Thank you, Pastor Rob, for diving into this Proverb about fools. I liked how you showed and explained the 3 greatest enemies of the Lord. I especially noted about not encouraging a foolish person .. .that it will only make things worse as they continue to live apart from God’s word.
    God bless you!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi Debbie,

      Yep, the Word of the Lord is so wonderful. It never ceases to amaze me how much information is packed into a short set of verses.
      Thanks so much for your kind words. Lord bless you.

  3. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    This post fits in well with my last post, http://citizentom.com/2013/10/15/our-preposterous-excuse-for-government/. Consider OUR PREPOSTEROUS EXCUSE FOR GOVERNMENT with respect to Rob Barkman’s Bible exposition.

    We each need look carefully first at ourselves and then those about us.

    Do we think ourselves wise? Are we following the example of those who have proven themselves wise?

    Have we chosen to be worldly. Have we forgotten to prepare for ourselves treasures in heaven for the life to come?

    Who do we hold in esteem? Do we admire honorable men and women, or do we respect men and women who have achieved what the world calls success? Do we admire people who use the end to justify the means?

  4. SLIMJIM says:

    May we always be teachable and become a fool

  5. Yoshiko says:

    Thanks, Rob, for sharing this :-) This helps me a lot. And I would like to seek your advise how to handle someone who always complains of others’ fault. This really tires my ears :-(

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    • Rob Barkman says:

      It would tire anyone’s ears over time. Many times those who are overly critical of others actually hate themselves and are trying to feel better about themselves by finding fault with others. Try to be kind to them and pray for them. The Lord can intervene, change their heart, and change their attitudes about themselves and others. Lord bless you Yoshiko

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