FOLLY


Proverbs 15:14; 18:13; Psalm 53:1

Pro 15:14  The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. 

What a thought provoking verse. The very first part of this passage reveals a person that is very thoughtful. An understanding person knows that he does not know everything. This type of person is a seeker of knowledge. He wants to hear so that he can learn. There are many today that want to close their ears to words that might expand their knowledge. A seeker of knowledge is a reader and a hearer. A seeker of knowledge will feed many.

Proverbs 10:21 says “The lips of the righteous feed man.

A seeker of the knowledge of God that applies that knowledge to their life and gains forgiveness, cleansing and salvation. These righteous will feed many because they have something they have learned to give to others. We find the seeker of knowledge has understanding. Through their knowledge, they are able to help many. The seeker of knowledge has found Christ as Savior. This knowledge will be given to others. The seeker of knowledge will seek the lost to share the knowledge of the gospel.The contrast to the seeker of knowledge is the fool.

but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness” Proverbs 15:14b.

How often have the fools asked questions that reveal their unlearned situation? Foolish questions that the simplest already know. The foolish dote on false doctrines and hurtful lust.

The foolish say, “I know enough.” They are satisfied with what little they know. This carnal mind feasts on a carnal appetite and flights of fancy things. They delight in sensual pleasures and vanity. They are satisfied with not knowing or even thinking they have knowledge and banally repeat what little they know.

Pro 18:13  He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. 

Has this ever happened to you? How often has someone cut you off or how often have you cut someone off that is trying to contribute to your knowledge. Consider, you are not “Hetty” on “NCIS Los Angeles”. We are not mind readers no matter how perceptive you thing you are. There are 2 things I would warn you about. To believe that you know what some one is going to say is evidence of presumption and an element of self-conceit. An old standard statement is, God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth so that we can hear twice as much as we speak. This presumption of knowledge brings shame.

Proverbs 26:12 says “Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.” We need to learn how to listen carefully to others.

A person with knowledge, often hesitates to answer so that they will be sure they understand the question. Then there is a pause to formulate the best answer possible. Sometimes we are too quick to answer and mangle the answer. To speak to something that is not understood is folly. To answer something that is not completely understood is also folly and brings shame.

Psa 53:1  The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. 

This verse is considered an emphatic statement about the atheist. Notice the proclamation that an atheist is called a fool. The term fool overshadows the sense of sin in such a proclamation. We consider sin to be a horrible, terrible thing, yet the foolishness of a person denying God overwhelms the idea of sin. This statement is worse than a heathen that believes there is a God but continues in wickedness and sin. The denial of God is “abominable iniquity.” The stench of denial reaches heaven. Here is a fool who has denied the creation that he lives and thrives on. Here is a fool who has denied the Son of God, our Redeemer and Savior. Here is a fool who has denied the sacrifice of the Son of God. Here is a fool who has denied the shed blood of the Son of God which cleanses us from sin. Here is a fool that is an abominable stench to God and has no hope in this life or the life here after. Our prayer should be that God deniers might see the mighty work of God.

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