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“THE FOOL HAS SAID IN HIS HEART . . .”

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’ ” (Psalm 14:1a). This text is not talking about the avowed atheist who blatantly denies the existence of God. Rather, it is talking about the practical atheist who, while confessing with his mouth that he believes in God, nevertheless in his heart and by his life denies the reality of God. Of such people the apostle Paul wrote: “They profess that they know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work” (Titus 1:16).

There are many of these kinds of fools in the world at large, in the various religious organizations formed by men, and even in the church of our Lord. Consider the following. Continue reading

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(#61) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:23-A Fool is a Blabbermouth!

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 12:23: “A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.”

“Knowledge” is based upon facts, certainty, and insight. When “knowledge” involves Bible truths, we must all be as David, who said, “I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness In the great assembly; Indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O LORD, You Yourself know” (Psalm 40:9). Though Peter confessed Jesus was “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16), Jesus was not ready for this to be widely known at that time, so “He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ” (Matthew 16:20). However, when this truth was fully revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul had “not shunned to declare…the whole counsel of God” in Ephesus (Acts 20:17, 27). In dealing with the judgments of our daily lives, the “prudent” (sensible, wise, judicious) don’t need to tell everything at once! Since “Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins” (Proverbs 10:12), this principle is applicable to Christians (1 Peter 4:8). Solomon later would say, “There is a time to keep silence, And a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:7). Those with good judgment will make timely conversation, hence, Christians must “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6).

When blabbing anything and everything one knows about others with the excuse that, “I’m just being honest,” one becomes a fool who is without good judgment! Other proverbs that add to this truth are: “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise” (Proverbs 10:19); “Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly” (Proverbs 13:16); “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness” (Proverbs 15:2); “He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive” (Proverbs 17:27-28). There is a common saying based upon this truth: “Better to be thought a fool, than open your mouth and remove all doubt.” One who is “slow to speak” (James 1:19) is either “wise” or a fool who is mistaken as wise! Meanwhile, “a fool” will use a “multitude of words” to lay “open his folly” and pour forth “foolishness.” Running off at the mouth is never good, while shutting up the mouth in good judgment can be “perceptive!” When our heart is in our mouth, truth may be lost in the moment! God gives us a mind with which to filter what we say: “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips” (Proverbs 16:23). Since God’s people are now the Christians, Solomon’s wisdom is timeless: “Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few” (Ecclesiastes 5:2).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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James Watkins on the “The Foolishness of God vs. Man’s Wisdom”

So many people often reject the truth of the gospel because it doesn’t “make sense” to them. In this video from “Preaching the Gospel” brother Watkins addresses the difference between trusting God by faith and trusting God because of our logic. It’s a great basic lesson that can address so many spiritual issues that our divided religious world is facing today.

 

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“Proverbs Are The Piths” (15)

Proverbs 10 is where the “pithiness” begins due to the mouthful of wisdom served on spoon sized verses. For this chapter I’ll only comment on certain verses that stand out (at least to me) instead of commenting on whole passages like I have done previously for Proverbs 1-9.  Bon appetit!

Verse 1: Interesting due to the bluntness of the statement. Building up the self-esteem of a child is an essential task of a parent, but psychologists today get it all wrong if they say any sort of guilt is bad. Solomon flat-out tells his child if he listens to his father he will make him a better child and he will make his parents proud – ignore the advice and he’ll remain a child of constant sorrow to his mother!

Verse 2: The Bible in Basic English translates this verse, “Wealth which comes from sin is of no profit, but righteousness gives salvation from death.” Reminds me so very much of what Paul said in Romans 6:23.

Verse 5: There is a time to rest and a time to work – don’t confuse the two! If only this nation’s parents taught more children this principle many of the problems that our young people face would simply fix themselves. Busy hands have a harder time getting into trouble!!!

Verse 10: When I read verses like this it reminds of how much the characteristics of sneakiness in people has not changed since the days the Bible speaks of. The devious, destructive and deterring “wink of the eye” still remains one of the quickest markers of something when it’s not what it appears to be.

Verse 12: A wonderful verse! Not only do I think so, but so did Peter and James! Peter quotes the verse directly while you can’t help but think of it when you read what James said. They were obviously both fans of the Proverbs.

Verse 13: It’s a ‘hard knock life’ for those who have a hard head – at least that’s how I’d sum it up.

Verses 15-16: Wealth is a tool! Some have more tools than others but we’re all responsible for how we take care of our own tools. Wealth does not always make things better. Use some tools with ignorance and you’ll end up getting hurt. Wealth is one of them! To the untrained heart physical wealth will replace the spiritual treasure of the heart (Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 16:1-14).

Verse 19: I quoted this verse just the other day…but I accidentally left out a word in my comment. I wasn’t following the verse per say; just made a mistake. Shutting a door and window – yeah, we’ve got that! Shutting our mouth – I wish I had it down as much as the doors and windows.

Verse 21: I think this is one of the most overlooked gems in Proverbs. How do the lips of the righteous feed others? Advice, encouragement, warnings, admonitions…it all feeds the soul.

Verse 22: Solomon has much to say throughout Proverbs about work, wealth and blessings from God. I wonder why? True financial blessings from God come without the sorrow…and the fact that all financial “blessings” are not without that issue reveals the source of some “financial aid.” 1 Timothy 6:9-10 preaches right along side with the Proverbs today as strongly as the day they were written. Solomon was a man who felt the sting of wealth and sorrow!!!

Verse 27: Accidents do happen to those who strive to live after the Lord, but foolishness happens to more people than you can shake a stick at. Watch the news! Foolishness affects our lives much more than accidents. Bottom line is a life lived in accordance with God’s will is most-often a life of wiser and more fulfilling days.

Verse 29: The Lord can be for you. But never forget that the Lord can be against if you chose to work evil! You can hear Solomon saying that we don’t want to be on the wrong side of the Lord.

Next up, Proverbs 11.

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“Proverbs Are The Piths” (14)

Proverbs 9 continues with the wisdom theme. Wisdom, simplicity, foolishness, reproving, instruction, fear, knowledge, understanding, life, death and destruction are all on the menu.

Verses 1-6: The wisdom that leads to life is built upon a strong foundation that does not originate with man. It metaphorically becomes a home not made with hands; Christians should find a reason to smile in this (Hebrews 10:11). Wisdom offers the invitation that leads to life…what do you know, it still does! (John 6:53-56; Matthew 11:28; Mark 16:15-16) Whatever was wise yesterday, will still be wise today.

Verses 7-12: There is one invitation to be wise, but there are two reactions to it. When it comes to the “scorners” of wisdom it is best to be silent sometimes (Matthew 7:6). Some refuse to listen because they don’t want to learn while the who want to learn will listen. No fear of the Lord??? No wisdom that leads to life!!!

Verses 13-18: The wise lady who represents the way of life has her counterpart – the lady who represents folly and foolishness that leads to woe. It seems as if Solomon is making a concluding statement about all these two women; wisdom is crying out in the streets to be heard, but non-sense/sin is walking around to be seen – we must choose wisely (2 Corinthians 5:7). It always does us good to remember where the guests at sin’s table end up when the meal is finished. The following article came from the email bulletin of the church in Wise, Virginia; the author of the article was marked as ‘unknown.’ I thought it fits Proverbs 9 well. Especially verses 13-18.

What Price for Foolishness?

What some will pay for a moment’s reckless folly is recorded again and again in the Book of Ages. Do you think these got their “money’s worth”?

1. ADAM and EVE, for one bite of luscious fruit when they were not even hungry, brought sin, suffering, shame and death upon themselves and the human race. (Genesis 3)

2. LOT’S WIFE, revealing her longing for the things that pertain to the earth, took one look back at Sodom and became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19)

3. ESAU, to satisfy one day’s fleshly hunger, lightly esteemed his birthright and forfeited his right to the ancestry of Christ. (Genesis 25)

4. ACHAN, for a garment he could not wear, and silver and gold he could not spend, paid with all his possessions, his family and his life. (Joshua 7)

5. SAMSON, for the caress of a hypocritical woman, lost his will, his strength, his liberty, his eyes and finally his life. (Judges 16)

6. DAVID, to enjoy another man’s wife, hands to posterity a tale of his life with adultery, shame, and tears, boldly written for all to read. (2 Samuel 11)

7. AHAB, coveted another’s little vineyard, permitted his wife to have its owner killed, claimed it for his own, and heard his funeral preached in these words: “In the place where the dogs licked the blood of Naboth, shall the dogs like thy blood, even thine.” (1 Kings 21)

8. JUDAS for thirty pieces of silver, which he couldn’t find occasion or conscience to use, took his own life in shame and despair. (Matthew 27)

These examples could be multiplied but they are sufficient just here. Could these have called back their days after learning their lessons, how differently would have been the history of the world. When we consider the price paid for sin, WE MUCH CONCLUDE IT IS NOT WORTH IT! Surely we do not suppose ourselves smart enough to out-smart God, and get by with sinning and not pay the “wages” of it.

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Of fools, time, and atheism

April Fool’s Day has been picked up in Brazil as Liar’s Day, apparently because to fool someone you have to lie to them. One brother wrote that he didn’t know the origin of Liar’s Day, but he did know who the Father of Lies was, so he wasn’t celebrating the day. Is he taking the idea of pranks too seriously? Or are we not serious enough?

• In “Two Days in One,” Carl Hanson does a take-off about it being April Fool’s Day and Palm Sunday on the same date.

• An atheist—many have made April 1st into the atheist’s day—may be a fool, but he’s not stupid. Richard Dawkins knows there can be no peace between atheism and Christianity. So a few days ago, just before that special day some assign to him, he told 20,000 people in Washington to “ridicule and show contempt” for religious people and their practices. Maybe Christians might want to give a blessing rather than a curse in return. Didn’t Peter say as much?

• Carl, at link above, says Fool’s Day spawned from the change to the Gregorian Calendar. Time and foolishness seem to be related, if the recent hoopla about the Mayan calendar and the end of time are any indication.

• As has been mentioned across the web, the real fool’s day is the day of judgment, for those who failed to prepare. Those who live as if they have all the time in the world are the greatest fools of all. And we do not laugh at them, but cry over their souls and plead with them to put oil in their lamps.

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