Monday, February 22, 2016

Christ in the Proverbs: Proverbs 18:6-7

Proverbs 18:6-7:

6 A fool's lips walk into a fight,
and his mouth invites a beating.
7 A fool's mouth is his ruin,
and his lips are a snare to his soul.

There is an escalation in these two proverbs. The movement is from an argument with words to a beating with fists to the ruin of a life and then the ruin of one's soul. A fool is someone who denies the basic reality of God's presence and the truth that all human beings will be judged by him. There is no fear of God in his eyes.

Out of the heart our mouths speak. And the fool's lack of sense gets him into arguments and fights. Even worse, it sets the course of his life in a direction away from the Lord.

One of the ways it sets the course for the fool is that he feeds on his own words and lies. Proverbs 15:14 says, "The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly." While the wise man seeks knowledge from the Lord, the fool has rejected the Lord's words and so he must feed on his own. Believing his own lies he goes further and further from the Lord until he is punished not by man, but by the Lord in eternity.

Interestingly, the apostle Paul calls himself and the apostles, "fools for Christ," and this brought them scorn, and beatings, and eventually physical death. Read about Paul's missionary journeys and in every city he met with intense opposition. As Derek Thomas writes:

"The apostles had been a nuisance wherever they had gone. Indeed, taking a trip with Paul would require nerve and stamina: in Phillipi he had been imprisoned; in Thessalonica, his preaching had caused a riot; in Berea, he was forced out of town. Before that, he was expelled from Pisidian Antioch, threatened with stoning in Iconium, and actually stoned and left for dead in Lystra!"

And these are just some of Paul's sufferings. But these came, not because the apostles were fools, nor because they were not loving and gentle, but because the message of the cross they preached is foolish to an unbelieving world that loves its idols, but hates the true God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So let us be compassionate, gentle, and wise, not foolish. But let us also be willing to be fools for Christ, who refuse to compromise the gospel message handed down to us from Christ Jesus through his apostles.

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