GOT KIDS? Don’t Let This Happen! Fools Part 5
The mocker, scoffer, or scorner is the final category of fool and the most severe. We start knowing this fool by their strong dislike of correction that brings on abuse, injury, and hatred to the one correcting (9:7,8; 13:1, 15:12). It is this hardness to correction that blocks any move you make to wisdom. They are a deliberate troublemaker who act with arrogance and their actions impact those around them including impressing some of the lower categories of fools (21:24, 29:8).
The discipline for such a person from Proverbs calls for tough love with the hope that God will do a work on the heart of such a fool. The reasons given in Proverbs for such tough measures are that the simple fool are too easily influenced by the scoffer (19:25, 21:11). They tend to cause division, strife, and quarreling (22:10) and their actions are plain and noted by all, believer or non-believer (24:9)
The reason to bring these categories this week to you is to realize the importance of moving toward your child while they are in the simple and ksil categories of a fool. Too often we see in children some foolish action and take it either too lightly or think that it is cute. Keep it up and one day you may be dealing with today’s category.