Foolproof: The 5 Fools of the Bible and How Not to Be One
In the Old Testament, the word “fool” is actually a translation of five different Hebrew words. This series will explore the differences between these five and how to bring the transformational power of the Gospel to our own foolishness AND our interactions with the “5 fools”.
July 11, 2021 – The Simple Fool
There are five types of fools in the book of Proverbs. The simple fool is someone who is immature, gullible, and vulnerable. This type of foolishness is often associate with being young. While people may outgrow some of this, we need the transforming power of Christ to rescue us from being simple fools.
Proverbs 7:1-9 1 My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; 2 keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; 3 bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call insight your intimate friend, 5 to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words. 6 For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, 7 and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, 8 passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house 9 in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness.
Proverbs 1:1-4 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, 3 to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; 4 to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—
Proverbs 19:25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
Proverbs 22:3 The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.