There are many different kinds of fools but they usually fall into three specific categories. First, there is the simpleton, he or she lacks common sense and is very gullible. Second is the hard-hearted fool. They live a life of folly and despise instruction and knowledge. Finally, there is the fool puffed up with self-importance and pride. This fool is an arrogant scoffer. He or she loves to mock and jeer.
“Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.” Proverbs 14:7 (NIV)
The simple fool is often the butt of jokes and oblivious to jeering directed their way. Most often they are found among our youths, but some carry heads of gray and never mature out of their foolishness. They can be trained to rethink poor choices but do require patient diligence, mentoring and instruction.
For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice, and saw among the simple,
I perceived among the youths, a young man devoid of understanding.” Proverbs 7:6-7
The second fool has a hard heart. No longer young, he or she has no desire to be instructed in the ways of the wise. They see no use for wisdom as it gets in the way of their folly. Quick to anger and guilty of sudden outbursts, these hardened fools should be avoided at all costs.
“To do evil is like sport to a fool, but a man of understanding has wisdom.” Proverbs 10:23 (NKJV)
Defined as one who mocks, ridicules, or scorns the belief of another, the scoffer considers himself the appointed soul to set people straight. He or she considers anyone with an opposing thought or idea ignorant. Not only do these fools voice their disagreement, but they also find no rest until they have revealed the foolishness of anyone with contradicting beliefs.
Psalm 1:1 warns us not to fellowship with such fools. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.”
We are also warned that “Scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,” 2 Peter 3:3 (NKJV) So if we disagree with their pursuits of the flesh, we will find ourselves ridiculed and attacked for our Christian beliefs. What is indisputably wrong in God’s eyes is often right in the eyes of the world. We can not worry about being “politically correct.” While standing firm in our faith and as the end times quickly befall us, God will bestow opportunities to share in His sufferings. Was not Christ Jesus mocked and assaulted by scoffers? “The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him.” Luke 22:63 (NKJV)
But God will not condone arrogant words of unbelief and disrespect. He scorns the scornful and will bestow judgment for their duplicitous sins.
”But our God does not tolerate ridicule or those who spew words that mock His authority. There will be judgment for those who are so arrogantly deceived. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7 (NKJV)
Therefore, let us sow a harvest of blessed heavenly rewards and treasure by sharing the Good News with all we greet. Pray for the fools who have hardened their hearts toward God. May the Lord Jesus Christ deliver every arrogant fool from damnation and bring him or her into His righteousness and the promise of eternal salvation.
“Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble.” Proverbs 3:34 (NKJV)
“Fools measure actions, after they are done, by the event; wise men beforehand, by the rules of reason and right. The former look to the end, to judge of the act. Let me look to the act, and leave the end with God.” ~ Joseph Hall
CONDSIDER THESE PROVERBS AND PRAY FOR ANY FOOL YOU MAY KNOW.
“Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and beatings for the backs of fools.” Proverbs 19:21 (NKJV)
“The devising of foolishness is sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to men.” Proverbs 24:9 (NKJV)
“How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge.” Proverbs 1:22 (NKJV)
“Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.” Proverbs 9:9 (NKJV)