Proverbs 17: King James Bible
Stripes into a Fool – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter seventeen, Verse 10
10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Stripes into a Fool
Yet another comparison between the wise and the fool. This go round, it’s concentrated on the effectiveness of a reproof or rebuke.
Remember the Lord’s definition of a fool? One who says in their heart that there is no God. These are Godless people, that have no use for anything that the Father has to say about right and wrong, righteousness and sin, good or evil.
That said, they reject the true wisdom handed down by the Father. Tucked inside that wisdom is reproof. Without understanding, reproof is difficult to respond to, and of a Godless person is without the wisdom of the Lord, they’ll be without the understanding that comes by way of the Lord as well.
In my opinion, the image of one hundred stripes into a fool is a fairly graphic one. What we may tend not to think about, is that when anyone received their stripes during Solomon’s time (being whipped as a form of punishment), the overseer would would strike a culprit with a strip of cow skin, doubled twice over.
Also, it was against Jewish law in those days to give any offender over forty stripes, in order to reduce the risk of death. It was also customary to alternate where the culprit was struck. Most often, it would wind up being two in the back, to one across the chest, until the amount of stripes declared by the courts were fulfilled. This isn’t to be confused with what the Lord Jesus went through. He earned his stripes at the hands of the Romans, who used far more disturbing methods.
Now do you see why I think that the verse above, and the example of one hundred stripes is graphic? A fool can not, and will not understand a rebuke for what it is, Never mind if the fool is a naturally prideful person! In that case, whatever happens is someone else’s fault, and a rebuke is obviously a mistake, or an infringement against them doing whatever they want. It just doesn’t hit home.
When we’re rebuked by the Father, it is for our own good. If we are wise enough to recognize the rebuke, and understand who it’s coming from, it will certainly sink in deep. None of us want to disappoint the Lord, and when we’re rebuked by him, it can shake us to the core.
Imagine being Peter, just after Jesus blessed him, Peter opened his mouth and said something that he shouldn’t have, and was sharply rebuked. There is no way, that didn’t cause for Peter to be shaken up.
A rebuke from the Father acted upon, will always yield fruit in the spiritual department first, then push through into the natural eventually. Which is what we can see the Father doing with us time and time again. Working on us from the inside, to the point where others notice it on the outside.
We are his examples and his ambassadors, and he will work us who love him, in order for us to be able to properly fit the job description (whether we realize it or not).
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 16: King James Bible
22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
2 Timothy 3: King James Bible
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Revelation 3: King James Bible
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Thank you as always for your Word, your mercy, and the wisdom that you have shed unto us your children. Please open our eyes, when you send rebuke our way, and help us to heed your reproof. Help us to recognize what needs to be done, in order for the reproof to take root within us, and bear righteous fruit, removing whatever the problem was. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Does reproof hit you harder than one hundred stripes into a fool?