Everybody Plays The Fool: Part 1 “Who is a Fool”

09/24/2012 21:58
There is a popular R&B song that goes “Everybody plays the fool sometimes, there is no exception to the rule”. Whether we want to admit it or not we have all played the fool at one point or more in our lives. So is what is a fool…or the real question rather….who is a fool?
The dictionary defines a fool as a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense. Now this is the worldly definition of a fool. And even according to its definition, we all can admit we have acted as fools.
Now that was the world’s definition of a fool. But what does the bible say concerning a fool. Well the bible gives many definitions of a fool. The bible describes a fool so extensively that it cannot be discussed in just one blog posting. So this will be Part 1 of a series of postings called “Everybody Plays The Fool”. So stayed tune for a week in-depth study of the Fool. By learning about the types of fools and their attributes we learn how to not act like one or exemplify their characteristics.

First, lets start off with who the Bible says a fool is. According the Word a fool is a person that denies the existence of God.  In Psalms 14:1 it says "Only fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good."  A biblical fool is a sinful, wicked person that does not believe in God or obey his commandments.

Now this might be a controversial statement…but a worldly word that mirrors that description of fool is atheist. The dictionary says an atheist is a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings. So an atheist is a person that does not believe in God.
Now some people say it is offensive to call an atheist a fool. But let’s be clear anybody that does not believe in the existence of God according to the Word is a fool.  Now based on the world’s definition of a fool-they may not be considered a fool or exemplify the characteristics of fool.

Now that is one type of fool the biblical describes but in this series we will explore the other four types of fool in the bible which include:
  • A person is a fool who trust in his own heart.
  • A person is a fool who despises wisdom and instruction.
  • A person is a fool who is quick-tempered.
  •  A person is a fool who scoffs at sin.

Today I encourage you to reflect of the on times in your life when you have acted like a fool.  We have all acted like fools, but unlike Today's biblical definition a fool, we believe in God. So since we believe in God we know we can repent for our foolish behaviors and foolish ways. So Today I want you to ask God for forgiveness for the times you acted like a fool and ask the Holy Spirit to help you put an end to foolishness in your life!
Today’s Scripture: “So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise.” Ephesians 5:15