Proverbs 15: King James Bible
Who is the Fool – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fifteen, Verse 5
5 A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Who is the Fool?
In the verse above, I like to have the Lord God Almighty in the position of the Father. Doing so, opens us up to a deeper understanding into what the Lord is trying to convey to us.
In the first half of the verse, it says, “A fool despiseth his father’s instruction.” These six words are eye opening, when we examine who this would be talking about. So who is the fool in this verse?
I would like to introduce the idea, that the fool in this verse is actually someone who is either saved, or supposes to be saved. I come to that conclusion, because if we are not of our Father in Heaven, then we (still being carnal, fleshly beings) are of the devil. In that, I am drawing from what Jesus said in John 8, which is written in the scriptures section below.
So if someone is a fool for despising their father’s instruction, and the Father being understood as the Lord, doesn’t it fit, that is would be a child of God? Or in other words, a believer? I would say the first half of the verse above is directed toward believers.
To be more specific, we could potentially see these as backslidden saints. It’s the kind of verse, where we jump to conclusions, instead of carefully examining what it actually says. We assume that the fool isn’t following whatever the instruction is, right? Well, that’s not what the text says.
It says a fool despises the Father’s instruction. There’s no real indication that he’s not following the instruction, but hates the fact that he’s doing it, or doing it for all the wrong reasons.
Have you ever found yourself doing something that you despise? I have, it’s a part of life. But when it comes down to our Father’s instruction (which is the Word of God), and you find yourself despising what he’s telling you to do through it, perhaps it may be time to ask yourself why that is.
It is possible, that you may not understand the Lord’s reasoning behind his instruction, therefore wind up despising it. There could be a number of different reasons.
But the problem isn’t on the Father’s part, but ours. The difference between a fool and ignorance, is that the ignorant would entertain the notion that they need better understanding.
Whereas the fool won’t stop to even consider that they are the problem with God’s instruction, but insist in one way or another, that the Lord is at fault. How often the mind of mankind, places itself above the Lord and his sound wisdom, all due to a lack of insight, and the desire to continue in ignorance, of why the Lord would rather us do one thing over another.
Related New Testament Scripture
John 8: King James Bible
40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Romans 3: King James Bible
4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
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:
Thank you for this verse, and for all of your wisdom that you’ve shed abroad for us to incorporate into our lives. Should we be found the fool according to your Word, please open our eyes Father, and remedy the situation. Should we be ignorant over anything that you’d rather us be knowledgeable about, please cure us from this ignorance, so that we may clearly see all that you’ve instructed us to do, why, and for what. All so we may be better servants and children of you, the Most High God. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
If you’d rather ditch God’s ways and cling on to different ways and still call yourself a Christian, tell me, who is the fool?