~Proverbs 10:21 “The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.”

Fools gold was what lay waiting for those who were seeking their fame and fortune during the Gold Rush in the mid 1800’s. The prospectors gave up their homes to move out West so they could strike it rich. What they found looked like real gold but they were fooled. What disappointment awaits when one doesn’t base decisions on God’s Word. These people were very foolish indeed. They listened to the worldly and they reaped worldly problems.

The Bible teaches us that the lips of the righteous feed many. What a beautiful picture that is indeed. I think of kind words, encouraging words, exhorting words, comforting words, wise words, words that teach, words that preach, and uplifting words. There are so many ways we can feed another person.

But the fool does not have these words to feed to others. In fact, the fool is dying to have wisdom. Noah Webster has interesting definitions for the word fool.

3. In scripture, fool is often used for a wicked or depraved person; one who acts contrary to sound wisdom in his moral deportment; one who follows his own inclinations, who prefers trifling and temporary pleasures to the service of God and eternal happiness.

The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Psa 14.

4. A weak christian; a godly person who has much remaining sin and unbelief.

O fools, and slow of heart to believe all the prophets have written. Luke 24.

So the fool does not necessarily have to be an unbeliever but can be a weak christian as well.

Haven’t you ever heard an unbeliever or a weak christian make a comment over a situation that just seemed void of wisdom? I think of new believers who come into our churches and have not grown in the Lord yet. Older christians make unwise comments about the way they dress or look or smell or whatever. The new believer is offended and never steps foot in that church again. How sad that the lips of the righteous were not the first words that new believer heard in that church. That lips of the righteous could have been feeding that babe in Christ. Instead, the fool spewed forth words which showed his foolishness. How sad is that?

As christians, we are encouraged to ask God for wisdom and He promises to give it to usliberally, nor will He reprove us for asking Him for it.

~James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 

How are your words today? Do they feed those around you or do you show your lack of wisdom? Are you the type of person that people come to for counsel? Or do you keep going to others for counsel? God promises to give you wisdom if you ask. There are 54 occurences in 53 verses of the word wisdom in the Bible. It is an excellent study. The person who is wise is gentle and longsuffering with others, knowing that everyone must grow in grace.

Fruit of the Spirit:

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Longsuffering
  5. Gentleness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faith
  8. Meekness
  9. Temperance

Fruit of the Fool:

  1. Hate
  2. Sadness
  3. Turmoil
  4. Impatience
  5. Harshness
  6. Badness
  7. Disbelief
  8. Assertiveness
  9. Over indulgent

The wise person displays these fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). The fool displays fruit, but a totally different kind. This kind of fruit would cause anyone to choke and die! Don’t be a fool! Be someone that God can use to be a blessing to others!

Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. ~Ecclesiastes 5:1

On a typical Sunday morning, millions of people go to church. Not all go with the same motives. Before I was born again and totally changed by the Holy Spirit of God (II Corinthians 5:17), I went to church to fulfill my moral obligation. I dressed up (like today’s beautiful picture) and put on my Sunday best. Sadly, it was my heart that should have been prepared, not my outward appearance. (I Samuel 16:7) I also went to church so that others would see me there, not because I desired to hear from God. I don’t think I was too different from many who attended along with me.

However, once I was saved, I was totally different. After salvation, we should thirst after God’s word. We should read the bible for hours on end as though we are dying of hunger or thirst and cannot get enough to eat or drink! (Luke 4:4) When we long to hear from the Lord, He will satisfy our thirst day after day! (Matthew 5:6) Each time we enter His gates (the church house), we should be ready to hear what He has to say to us. If we want our spiritual cups to be filled to the brim by the Holy Spirit, we must enter with empty cups. If our spiritual cups are filled with concerns, burdens, sin, etc., we won’t have any room available. We must prepare ourselves prior to reading and hearing God’s word – a spiritual housecleaning, if you will. God can fill an empty cup but He can’t fill one that’s full of sin and worldliness.

Today’s text takes this a little bit further. God points out that there are those who will go to church, as I did before salvation, merely to fulfill their religious obligation and moral duty. These do not go expecting to hear about one of their sins and repenting from it. No, they will not see their sin – they will not hear. This is not the way of a repentant heart. The one who goes into God’s house expecting to hear from the Lord is the one who will benefit. Fulfilling one’s religious duty is not obedience to the Holy Spirit of God. It is a futile sacrifice!

And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. I Samuel 15:22

Christian, God desires obedience to His word.  (Psalm 119:9) We cannot fully obey Him if we are not born again by His Spirit. (John 3:3, John 3:5) We cannot bear the fruit of the Spirit if we are not hearing Him. Let us enter our daily reading with spiritual ears – let us enter the Lord’s house with spiritual ears. Let us be ready to hear what the Lord has for us. Seven times, the Lord tells us, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” in the Book of Revelation. He also says 18 times in the New Testament, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” He wants us to hear Him. He desires to communicate with us through His word! Luke 4:4 states that we cannot live by bread alone but by every word of God. He has given us His word through the King James Bible – Now we must be ready to listen!

After hearing what the Lord has to say, let’s put it to action: repent, be a testimony and tell others about the Lord, Jesus Christ!

D. The Fool Does Enjoy His Folly.

Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly. ~Proverbs 15:21

It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom. ~Proverbs 10:23

When I was a teenager, I loved football. I would go to church early, and most of the other teen guys, and we would have a football and would play ball in our church clothes in the parking lot until we were called in for church.

One game after the morning service at Verona School, and one game before church on Sunday evenings. A game Monday evening before teen choir practice. A game Tuesday evening at Verona School. A game before church on Wednesday evening. A game before teen soul winning on Thursday evening. A game Friday evening at Verona and then go watch the Bearcats play football. Of course we played a game after bus calling on Saturdays as well. I broke my collar bone and I was playing two weeks later. I loved it, I lived it almost as much as I did church. I had a football and clothes in my car; I had a football in my room, and on my mind, and while I was at school.

A fool loves his folly and the sport of foolishness even more!

This is the fool’s life, this is what he knows! This is sin!

E. A Fool Does Meddle in the Business of Others.

It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. ~Proverbs 20:3

Realize a fool will be into business that is not his. This will cause strife.

How many times do we enter a conversation mid-stream then find ourselves looking foolish?
A fool wants to reveal what he knows (about himself) and a fool will jump into business that is not his and it causes problems.

FOOL STORY: A lady at work was seen putting her credit card into her floppy drive and pulling it out very quickly. When she was asked about it, she said she was shopping on the internet and they kept asking for a credit card number, so she was using the ATM “thingy”.

G. The Foolish Woman Does Tear Down.

Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. ~Proverbs 14:1

This is speaking of foolish house management.

It is foolish by negligence, by bad administration, by self indulgence (neglects the home by being selfish), and it is provoking God’s displeasure!

This is a person who has no fear of God.

This woman does not fear the results of tearing down her children and husband. She neglects the opportunity to build them up, for she does not have or properly utilize the Holy Spirit of God in her administering.

He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. ~Proverbs 11:29

Can you predict the wind? Can you calm the wind?

Can you control the wind? How much damage can the wind do?

That is the result of poor house management!

It is this fool who goes from having the opportunity of having a valuable treasure, a good home to being controlled by others. This fool is enslaved by misery!

What it is referring to is the fool has no influence over others especially is this so if there is Holy Spirit influence with you.

This fool is unable to maintain his freedom and is ruled by those in his home. This fool has an unruly family/home.

In how many families today do the children actually rule?

Or the wife rules the husband?

Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. ~Proverbs 10:14

Notice what is so often used by the fool to tear down the house. The mouth!

A cutting statement; name calling, or criticism are used.

Are you “appreciating” or “depreciating” the value of those in your life?

You have the great opportunity of building folks up, or tearing down what is built up.

May we strive to be appreciaters!

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II. The Do’s and Don’ts of a Fool

A. A fool does hate knowledge and wisdom

Read Proverbs 1:7, 22; 15:5. (Verses 7 and 5, Verse 22)

Notice the strength of these words! “Despise wisdom, and instruction”; “FOOLS HATE KNOWLEDGE”. They will not listen to instruction!

Just think of all the things a hatred of instruction, knowledge and wisdom lead to.

No wonder a fool’s foolishness and folly is sin and the end is destruction!

Proverbs 6:23 – says,

“the reproofs of instruction are the way of life.”

The fool does not know how to live because he hates instruction!

A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. ~Proverbs 18:2

A fool does not care to understand you, or the lesson you are trying to teach.

The fool is so proud, which breeds selfishness and all the fool cares about is himself: he wants you to discover him!

The fool wants you to hear his ideas.

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

The fool does not hunger for instruction, knowledge and wisdom; he hungers for foolishness, (vanity, worldly pleasure, idle and unprofitable talk.)

Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. ~Proverbs 23:9

This verse is teaching that we are not to give advice to a fool.

The fool will hate the very words of wisdom you are trying to teach him.

King Solomon was actually teaching Reheboam not to even advise the fool.

Mark it down; if the fool hates the instruction, he will hate the instructor.

A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. ~Proverbs 15:20

Why does the fool hate his mother? Because she instructs him.

B. The Fool Does Love His Own Knowledge

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. ~Proverbs 12:15

We have, and we will read other verses that also show the pride and arrogance of the fool. He is attracted to his own knowledge.

He wants to hear his own ideas, instruction, knowledge and wisdom. Not God’s!

A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident. ~Proverbs 14:16

The fool knows he can handle the sin.

The bottle cannot addict him, he can handle his drink

The fool can smoke and not become addicted to nicotine.

The fool can do so much, he knows he can!

The fool is the one who can play with fire, thinking he will not get burned. Stay away so you do not get burned too!

The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD. ~Proverbs 19:3

The knowledge and wisdom of the fool misleads him. The path he trod’s is well traveled but its end is destruction and death.

C. The Fool Does Reveal His Foolishness

The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so. ~Proverbs 15:7

Notice a couple of things from this verse.

1. The fool does not share knowledge. The fool only wants to share his own foolish ideas of folly.

2. The fool cannot share knowledge, for knowledge enters the mind and lodges in the heart and the fool does not have a heart for knowledge and wisdom, and besides his heart cannot be trusted.

A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. ~Proverbs 12:23

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit. ~Proverbs 14:8

A fool cannot help but express himself and to teach his foolishness.

The fool thinks he is speaking knowledge, but his very words are betraying him and revealing that he is a fool.

Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly. ~Proverbs 13:16

The fool reveals that he conducts his business without counsel.

The fool reveals that he is a fool by openly expressing himself.

“If a fool holds his peace he may pass for a wise man.”

The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly. ~Proverbs 14:24

It is sin when the fool, by behaving foolishly commits folly.

~Pastor Don Moore~

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