September 27, 2017
When Jesus said in Mathew 5:22, “But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire,” that means, by calling someone a fool, you are pronouncing a judgement over them as worthless and ultimately worthy of eternal damnation. That is why Jesus said that you yourselves can be in danger of hell fire or damnation.
I don’t want to be guilty of that. It puts the fear of God in me.
However, we see that Jesus called the Pharisees “blind fools.” What He was saying was, “Your way of thinking is utterly worthless, and how can you be so educated in the word of God and yet be so completely blind to the truth and never seeing the heart of God, nor recognizing God’s gift to the world.”
Just as the Pharisees were “blind fools,” we also qualify for being “blind fools.” Titus 3:3 says, “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.”
God’s word says so much about fools and the people that played the role of a fool. In my opinion, the book of Proverbs is one of the primary sources in the Bible which describes how to recognize a fool or foolish behavior.
Proverbs 13:20, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
Proverbs 14:7, “Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.”
Wisdom is courageous, just as foolishness is courageous. As a parent, I always wanted my child to be around good influences, whether that was with other children, adults, television programs, movies, music, books, games, etc. I think you get the point.
Wisdom seems to be the way to go, so let’s look at some characteristics of a fool.
1. Fools hate instruction and correction.
“A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.” Proverbs 18:2
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
“A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.” Proverbs 15:5
“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” Proverbs 22:15
God’s word, the rod of correction, can drive fooleshness far from us if we allow it too.
Correction is never easy, but necessary and one of the requirements of walking in wisdom is to accept and receive it.
Correction is not rejection. We, as believers are all learning to do what is right.
Jesus told His disciples to go make more disciples. The root meaning of “disciple” is “discipline,” and discipline requires a change. Disciples learn to deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Jesus.
2. Fools are undisciplined with their temper.
“A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.” Proverbs 12:16
“A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.” Proverbs 29:11
“Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.” Proverbs 21:24
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20
The key is letting righteousness be worked in us.
3. Fools are undiscipline with their mouths.
“A prudent man conceals knowledge,
But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.” Proverbs 12:23
“Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.” Proverbs 12:14
“The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.” Proverbs 15:2
“A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.” Proverbs 18:6
“A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.” Proverbs 18:7
“He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.” Proverbs 10:18
“Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.” Proverbs 14:1
“The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.” Proverbs 15:7
“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” James 3:6-7
Our mouths are our biggest problem areas. We need to keep ourselves in check and repent for the sins of our mouths. The words we speak can defile us and others and they have the ability to set a course for life or death, and death being destruction.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Our words bring life into every situation. God told the children of Israeal to choose life in the book of Deuteronomy. The words we choose determine our choice.
Words are seeds and can produce a harvest.
I am really looking for a crop of life, how about you?
This is a study on understanding spiritual warfare and in this study there has to be a foundation that must be laid so we can be better equipped to recognize our adversary, the devil, and how he can use our own carnality against us. Satan is always looking for a place of entrance so he can fulfill his plan for our lives.
I don’t want Satan’s plan to be fulfilled in my life. I want the plans of God to be fulfilled in my life. So it is up to me to learn the
ways of life.
“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 4:21-23
Thank you, Jesus, that You are our advocate, and Your blood is continually speaking to our heavenly Father on our behalf! Where would we be without You? If we sin, You are faithful and just to forgive us of our sins a cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Thankyou!
Beloved we will finish up the on “blind fools” next time.
I hope this teaching is giving you a love for God’s word and a hope of knowing that we, as believers, are all in process of becoming holy.
“But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 16-17