Are You More Foolish Than a Fool?

FoolCount it up — 77 times we run across fool in the Bible, 43 times in the book of Proverbs alone.

For a scathing sample, consider Proverbs 26:1-11.

  • Prov 26:1 — honor isn’t fitting for a fool.
  • Prov 26:2 — fools curse without cause.
  • Prov 26:3 — fools need sharp correction.
  • Prov 26:4 — at times, it’s best to avoid answering a fool.
  • Prov 26:5 — at other times, fools need to be put in their place.
  • Prov 26:6 — fools are unreliable.
  • Prov 26:7 — fools miss the point of wisdom.
  • Prov 26:8 — honor given to a fool is wasted effort.
  • Prov 26:9 — fools misuse wisdom to their own harm.
  • Prov 26:10 — given enough opportunity, fools will harm others.
  • Prov 26:11 — fools fail to learn from and forsake the filth of their past.

But here’s the punch line. Are you paying attention?

Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. (Prov 26:12)

This sermon is an exercise in feeling the weight of that punch line. It was delivered on April 15, 2012.

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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