Summary: Greetings In The Holy Name Of Jesus Yahshuah, My brothers and sisters, to speak about a FOOL is as hard on the soul ...
A FOOL’S WAY
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid
(February 11, 2020)
““But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” (Matthew 5: 22, King James Version [KJV]).
Greetings In The Holy Name Of Jesus Yahshuah,
My brothers and sisters, to speak about a FOOL is as hard on the soul as to talk about Satan having his way, with Job. I do not think there is anyone who wants to suffer. Many of us are called to the public ministry of Christ Jesus, however, there are those of us who are not called but who see the public ministry of Christ Jesus as a lucrative vocation, bearing all yet providing all; worth the risk. I come to you today, to speak of the status of a person, as a Fool, sometimes, also the behavior of a person, a Fool yet for the children of God’s kingdom who deeply contemplate this thought, it is the argument, Are you a fool or a man or woman of faith? This enterprise of God is scary business because if you are not afraid then you are a fool, I must say this to you. “The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.”[Proverbs 1: 7, KJV]. With that said, “A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.”[Proverbs 18: 2, KJV].
Most importantly, we continue in the 18th chapter of Proverbs to consider, verse 5, “It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.” Yet, a fool in his folly in harsh judgment of the righteous do seek self-righteous appointment to task, not in the will of God but in the ambition of a fool. I ask you, right here and now, is this faith? More importantly, we look to the behavioral signs of how we as children of God, in the family of the kingdom of God react to a fool in his folly. Let us consider Proverbs 26: 3-12, KJV:
“A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back. Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouths of fools.
The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.” ... Proverbs 29: 11, KJV, warns us that, “A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise [man] keepeth it in till afterwards” and Proverbs 29: 9, KJV, continually warns us, “[If] a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, [there is] no rest.”
Moreover, hopefully you did not overlook the Proverbs of King Solomon, the son of King David and Bathsheba, so stated previously that should have made you clearly think more about a fool and God, let us reiterate for you, so you clearly think of your high risk in dealings with a fool: “The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.” How harsh is your judgment of yourself when you think that you in all your knowledge let a fool bring you down in a most disrespectful foolhardy judgment? Before you jump up to jump down under the influence of a fool, also consider, let us clearly think, why does God take care of babies and fools because they are weak to the shame of the strong and wise. Is it because as a child of God we are all fools? [1 Corinthians 4: 10 King James Version (KJV), “We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.”]. Let us consider, also, the prophet Jeremiah 4: 22, KJV: “For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.” Henceforth, we obviously arrive at the reality of a fool’s disbelief in God, for in Psalms 14: 1-7, we find we, the children of God run amuck in our own foolish folly: