Summary: Many people find their lives marked and guided by the dumb things they do

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Painfully Dumb

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June 20, 2010

Morning Service


Everyone has the right to be dumb but some people abuse the priviledge

Growing up we used to watch John Wayne theater – Double feature of super manly movies about men doing super manly things. The four hour section of afternoon television featured a number of John Wayne classics.

Life is hard; it’s harder if you’re stupid – John Wayne

Men I want to ask you a serious question on Father’s Day: Do you ever do anything that is dumb?

Ladies: Do the men in your life ever do anything dumb?

Have you ever done something so dumb that it was painful?

There are times that we do things that are so stupid that inflict pain upon ourselves. Remember that there is more than just physical pain, there is emotional pain as well. There are also times that we do things that inflict pain on others. Our dumb moments are painful.

People have been doing painfully dumb things since the dawn of time. We tend to hit our thumbs with hammers, shut fingers in doors and say things that we will later regret.

One of the things that actually authenticates the stories contained within the Bible are that they are real. When people do dumb things in the Bible, they do not try to cover it up. Instead, it almost seems like God flaunts the dumb things His people do. The Bible is filled with moments that leave you saying duh. There are some super dumb things that people did through the Bible times.

Adam eats the forbidden fruit

Lot’s wife looks back at Sodom and Gommorah – pillar of salt

Noah got drunk after the flood

Samson tells Delilah the secret of his strength

David and Bathsheba

Jonah ran from God

Peter denied knowing Jesus three times

Paul tried to reason with the Greek Philosophers

If you search through your Bible, you are not likely to find the word dumb or stupid. The Bible is filled with dumb actions and examples of people being dumb. The word that often is used to describe the dumb things people do is foolish.

Have you ever wondered why people do dumb things? There are more than a few passages that highlight this truth but I believe Solomon deals with this issue in a powerful way. If you have your Bibles, please open them to Proverbs 4:6

Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.

Foolish word study

There are six words that are used throughout scripture that describe the dumb things that people do.

Iwwelet – foolishness that is of a moral rather than mental issue

People know right from wrong and choose to do wrong

Kesel – foolishness that is constant – continual stupid actions

People who persist in their foolish behavior

Nabal – foolishness that flows from inner disposition or an inner state of being

People who reveal their inner life by words and actions. They usually ignore God

Aphron – 11 times Possessing a willful ignorance

People who do not know and do not wish to know – the foolish farmer who stored up and then died that night

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