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Similarities of being a soldier and the Art of War; Part 4.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Even a little bit of foolishness, if it is inserted into a life of honor, it will cast a shadow over all that honor and all of that reputation that has been built over the years!

A wise man goes in the direction of that which is worth his time and effort.

1. First of all, there is the stupid fool described for us by the Hebrew word pethiy meaning a stupid mule or fool who is easily persuaded by flattery, delusion, deception and enticement.

a. PRO 1:22, the stupid fool is one who is naive and hates academic discipline. b. PRO 14:15, The stupid fool is the one who is ready to believe almost anything, gossip, slander, false teachings.
c. PRO 22:3, the stupid fool lacks discernment and therefore they end up being punished for it.

2. The second type of fool that Solomon talks about is eviyl fool or the unreasonable fool.
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The word means to be perverse or one who is without aim or counsel.

a. The eviyl or the unreasonable fool despises wisdom and instruction, PRO 1:7. b. The unreasonable fool is stubborn and refuses to listen to godly counsel, PRO 12:15.

c. PRO 14:3, Self-conceit betrays this type of fool, he thinks he knows something when he doesn’t.
d. The only time the unreasonable fool appears to be wise is when he keeps his mouth shut, PRO 17:28.
e. The unreasonable fool always wants to argue, PRO 20:3.

3. The third type of fool is the stubborn fool.
 The Hebrew word for this classification of fools is keciyl.
 This word literally means that the loins and flanks of a person are so crowded by fat that they are dull, inactive and passive.

a. PRO 14:16, the stubborn fool is arrogant and careless and thinks that they can handle things they cannot handle.
b. PRO 18:2, the stubborn fool rejects wisdom and only wants to reveal his personal opinions.

I’ve always like the Amplified version of PRO 18:2 which says “A self-confident fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his personal opinions and himself.”

c. So, fools don’t listen, fools don’t learn, fools don’t even carry a message correctly from one party to another, Pro 26.3-6.
d. The Bible also teaches that the stubborn fool repeats his foolishness in spite of the negative results, PRO 26:11.

4. The fourth type of fool is the scorning or the mocking fool.
 The scorning fool is flirting with a reprobate mind.
 Luwts is the Hebrew word for this type of fool.
 This is the fool that uses his mouth to scoff, to mock or to ridicule.

a. The mocking fool is obnoxious and an abomination to others because they delight in mocking spiritual Christians and their standards, PRO 1:22.
b. The mocking fool or the scoffer is not worth your time or effort to correct, PRO 19:7-8.
c. In any organization or group of individuals, if you get rid of the scoffer or the mocking fool, you will solve most of your problems within that group, PRO 22:10.

5. The fifth and final type of fool is the committed fool.
The committed fools have regressed to the point where they have entered into apostasy.

The Hebrew word is nabal which means stupid, wicked, and vile.
It also means to fall away, to fail, to faint, to despise, to dishonor, to lightly esteem, to abandon.

a. It is the nabal fool who says in his heart there is no God, PSA 14:1; PSA 53:1.

PSA 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.

JOB 2:10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?”

b. The nabal fool is the one who teaches in God’s name but follows their own thinking, EZE 13:3.

EZE 13:3 “Thus says the Lord God, Woe to the foolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have seen nothing.”

PRO 17:21 He who begets a keciyl fool [a stubborn fool, a dull, inactive and passive fool] {does so} to his sorrow, And the father of a [nabal] fool [committed fool, a stupid, wicked and vile fool] has no joy.

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