Folly of the Fool Proverbs Sermon Series

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					 Folly of the Fool
Sermon Series on Proverbs
 Why Study the Folly of the Fool?
One way to learn about something is to consider
its opposite.

•Want to understand what is Wisdom?
  Then know what is Folly!

•Want to be Wise? Then don’t be a Fool!
     3 Hebrew Words for “Fool”
• Kesyl (50 times) --- the dull, stupid fool who is

• Ewiyl (19 times) --- the corrupt fool who is
  morally perverted and unreasonable.

• Nabal (3 times) --- the fool who is like a
  stubborn animal, the brutish fool.
        The Root Cause of Folly
• The ‘fool’ is not so much lacking in mental
  powers, as one who misuses them.
• In Scripture the ‘fool’ the person who casts
  off the fear of God, and thinks and acts as if he
  could safely disregard the eternal principles of
  God’s righteousness.
     A fool is one who chooses to
     disregard God and His wisdom!
Look at 3 Kings to Understand the
         Folly of the Fool

        Nabal – 1 Samuel 25

      Pharaoh – Exodus 5-14

       David – 1 Chronicle 21
A Fool is Deaf to Information & Impulsive
                     Proverbs 18:13 (NLT) Spouting
                     before listening to the facts
                     is both shameful and
                     Proverbs 13:16 (NLT)
                                    Wise people
                     think before they act; fools
                     don’t—and even brag
                     about their foolishness.
A Fool is Deaf to Information & Impulsive
                     Proverbs 12:16 (NLT)
                                    A fool is
                     quick-tempered, but a wise
                     person stays calm when
                     Proverbs 18:2 (NLT)
                                   Fools (nabal)
                     have no interest in
                     understanding; they only
                     want to air their own
A Fool is Deaf to Information & Impulsive
                     Who is Nabal?

                     •1 Samuel 25
                     •Wealthy man v36
                     Celebrated like a king!
                     •Meaning of name “Fool”
                     •His wife Abigail is beautiful
                     and wise
                     •Descendant of Caleb
A Fool is Deaf to Information & Impulsive
David requested for food from Nabal
1 Samuel 25:6-8 (NLT) 6
                  “Peace and prosperity to you, your
family, and everything you own! 7 I am told that it is
sheep-shearing time. While your shepherds stayed
among us near Carmel, we never harmed them, and
nothing was ever stolen from them. 8 Ask your own
men, and they will tell you this is true. So would you
be kind to us, since we have come at a time of
celebration? Please share any provisions you might
have on hand with us and with your friend David.”
                    Nabal’s Respond
1 Samuel 25:9-11 (NLT) 9
                   David’s young men gave this message to
Nabal in David’s name, and they waited for a reply.
10 “Who is this fellow David?” Nabal sneered to the

young men. “Who does this son of Jesse think he is?
There are lots of servants these days who run away
from their masters. 11 Should I take my bread and my
water and my meat that I’ve slaughtered for my
shearers and give it to a band of outlaws who come
from who knows where?”

                    Incurring David’s Attack
A Fool is Deaf to Information & Impulsive
                           Nabal’s servant thoughts
                           about him
                           1 Samuel 25:17 (NLT)
                                          He’s so ill-
                           tempered that no one can
                           even talk to him!”

Abigail’s thoughts about Nabal
1 Samuel 25:25 (NLT)
                I know Nabal is a wicked and ill-
tempered man; please don’t pay any attention to
him. He is a fool, just as his name suggests.
What About You?
       Have you been deaf to
       information and been
A Fool Refuses Discipline & Blames God
                Proverbs 12:1 (NLT)
                               To learn, you must
                love discipline; it is stupid to hate
                Proverbs 17:10 (NLT)
                               A single rebuke
                does more for a person of
                understanding than a hundred
                lashes on the back of a fool.
                Proverbs 19:3 (NLT)
                               People ruin their
                lives by their own foolishness
                and then are angry at the Lord.
  A Fool Refuses Discipline & Blames God
Story of Pharaoh --- Exodus 5 – 14

Pharaoh saw his country ruined by God’s plagues and yet
wouldn’t give in to the Lord.

Plague of Blood, Frogs, Gnats, Flies, Against Livestock,
Boils, Hail, Locusts, Darkness, Death of First Born

He raged against Jehovah and Moses and even pursued
the Jews to take them back, only to see his best soldiers
drowned in the Red Sea.
What About You?
       Have you been refusing
       discipline and blaming
       GOD for what is
    King David
A Fool Trusts in himself
            Proverbs 12:15 (NLT)
                           Fools think
            their own way is right, but
            the wise listen to others.

            Proverbs 28:26 (NLT)
                           Those who
            trust their own insight are
            foolish, but anyone who
            walks in wisdom is safe.
    King David
A Fool Trusts in himself
            David has been victorious
            over his enemies

            •   Philistines
            •   Moabites
            •   Forces of Hadadezer
            •   Arameans
    King David
A Fool Trusts in himself
            1 Chronicles 18:13 (NLT)…In
            the Lord made David
            victorious wherever he
     King David
A Fool Trusts in himself
            Pride caused David to take
            census of all the people of
            Israel (1 Chronicles 21)

            1 Chronicle 21:3 (NLT)
                           But Joab
            replied, “May the Lord
            increase the number of his
            people a hundred times over!
            But why, my lord the king, do
            you want to do this?
    King David
A Fool Trusts in himself
            David refused to listen to
            Joab and follow his pride
            1 Chronicles 21:4 (NLT)
                             But the king
            insisted that they take the
            census, so Joab traveled
            throughout all Israel to count
            the people.
                King David’s Respond
The LORD’s anger burnt against David
1 Chronicles 21:7 (NLT)
                God was very displeased with the
census, and he punished Israel for it.

David’s Respond to GOD
1 Chronicles 21:8 (NLT)
                 Then David said to God, “I have sinned
greatly by taking this census. Please forgive my guilt
for doing this foolish thing.”
What About You?
       Have you become proud
       with recent success?

       How you being thinking
       that you can do what
       you want?
   Proverbs 1:21-24 (Msg)
  Wisdom goes out in the
 street and shouts. At the
town center she makes her
In the middle of the traffic
    she takes her stand.
 At the busiest corner she
          calls out:
“Simpletons! How long will
 you wallow in ignorance?
 Cynics! How long will you
    feed your cynicism?
 Idiots! How long will you
      refuse to learn?
Our Heavenly
Father says…
Proverbs 1:21-24 (Msg)

About face! I
can revise your
life. Look, I’m
ready to pour
out my spirit on
you; I’m ready
to tell you all I

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