GOT KIDS? What Kind of Fool Am I? Part 3

We move now to the word “fool” in Proverbs which is actually 3 different Hebrew words. There are some slight differences in each term that can be broken down into categories of severity of fool. In other words, the first kind of fool I will write about is not as bad as the others, though is the most common and is still a fool.

foolsThis fool in the Hebrew is the word “ksil” which in its root form means fat. The picture of it would be a pig and it implies that this person is acting mentally fat, dull, sluggish, dull, and obstinate. This is not due to lack of mental ability but is a chosen outlook they have taken.

The root of the problem with this fool is a spiritual one where they lack reverence or fear of the Lord and prefer illusions to the truth (1:29, 14:8). They do not have the patience or the mental energy to search for wisdom and pours out freely their opinions that are usually displaying openly their foolishness (15:2, 13:16, 17:24).

A child who takes this form of foolishness brings sorrow to their parents, bitterness, calamity, and they show they despise their parents by their actions. (10:1, 15:20, 17:21, 17:25, 19:13).

In terms of progressive foolishness, if the simple fool does not move to wisdom by instruction and training and rejects the discipline, they move to a ksil fool.

The hope for the ksil fool is the rod of correction which is an instrument that is designed to help in the instruction and training of a child and I will cover more on that topic later. For all us, we are often such a fool and should be able to identify with out children their rebellion in this area. The first rod of correction is the cross of Christ where Jesus drank the cup of God’s wrath for our foolishness. By such grace, we need to embrace the wisdom of Christ to move from folly to wise choices.

Tomorrow the “wil” fool and the “nabal” fool.

About drivingthegospel

I am a follower of Jesus Christ; a husband to Deb; a father to Brit and her husband Bill and to Travis and his wife Megan, a grandfather to Simon, Thadd, Nathanael, Eli, Isaac, Ezra, Asa, and Xavier. I am currently serving as the Coordinator of Spiritual Development at Lincoln Christian School in Lincoln, Nebraska as well as the head wrestling coach and an assistant football coach.

Posted on May 1, 2013, in Foolishness, Proverbs, Wisdom. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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