Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I ‘pethı̂y’ the fool!
Rick Godley March 2011
Read the title again. It’s not a typographical error. Matter of fact it’s the Hebrew word for one of 5 fools describes in your bible. I keep retreating that a discipline that someone wiser than me advised me to incorporate into my daily behavior was to read one proverb a day and 5 psalms as day. That way at the end of each month you will have ingested the Heart of the Creator, since David wrote most of the Psalms and the Wisdom as well since Solomon wrote most of the Proverbs, then next month, DO IT AGAIN! Well after about almost 20 years of cycling round and round, I see more and more, as Abba Father reveals more and more. You see, if one doesn’t show him or her self a workman approved unto Him, why should He disperse any more of this valuable Truth? As Jack Nicholson said in one of his movies, ‘You can’t handle The Truth’ and in a way didn’t The Messiah say that to the Sons of Thunder in Luke 9:55?
I had heard once long ago about the 5 types of ‘fools’ in the Proverbs and the topic has been prodding me to dig deeper. The person who had introduced me to the topic was Bill Gothard and his Basic life Principles back in the mid-90’s while part of a local church of Christ, go figure… never know where the nuggets are hidden. Nevertheless, I am grateful for all the events, people, teachings and yes even New testament Christianity that paved the bumpy road to get me to where I am today. ( I am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger. A good song to google when you get a chance)
But don’t ‘Pithy’ me, Every Now and then there’s a Fool such as I, hmmm, nother song. This time written by Bill Trader. That’s what you get when you ask a DJ to write some words in an article. A jumbo of Scripture and songs from many decades mixed in the roux of a gray matter called a brain. Back to the Fool!
Why is this important to you the believer? Well there are some fools that you are to totally avoid! Did you know that? May I suggest that if you haven’t downloaded a copy of E-Sword on your computer then you may be waterskiing over your Scriptures and not getting to some deeper meanings that could help you avid some time wasters and pot-holes in your daily walk with Abba, Our Father. (You can download a copy here www.e-sword.com) Once you do that you will take a big step in proving you are a serious student, studying to show yourself a workman approved unto Dad. (2Tim2:15)
The 5 fool categories are as follows: a ‘Pethiy’ fool. One who is seducible, and simple, implies extreme vulnerability, literally meaning ‘to be opened up’. He lacks discernment, opens his or her mind to any passing thought, he’s easily captivated by all kinds of enticements and deceptions. Dangerously immature, extremely gullible and intensely curious. Left alone without instruction or discipline he will move in the wrong direction, vulnerable to seduction and moral failure. Anyone we know? Mirror, mirror on the wall….
Then there’s the ‘silly fool’ or ‘Eviyl fool’. He’s perverse, his mouth gets him in trouble. When things go wrong for him, he becomes angry which results in more damage. He believes his own way of thinking is right, so much so that he reacts to instruction when offered. ‘The Fear of the Yah is the beginging of wisdom; but a fool’s wrath (eviyl) is heavier than them both’ Pvb 1:7. This word appears 25 times in Scripture. Argument, persuasion and advice from well meaning friends generally fail to convince this type fool. More often than not proper correction from authorities and public shame get his attention. (see Pvbs: 7:22 and 29:9)
Up till now, these 2 types of fools have hope and one can actually have a relationship with them as well as be one from time to time. (Did I actually say that?)
The next 3 types of fools are ones that you might want to stay away from. If you don’t want to get corrupted in your walk. The Sensual Fool, or ‘K’siyl’ is described as ‘fat’ or stupid’. He seems determined to make the wrong choices not because of a mental deficiency, but rather flat our rejects the wisdom of God. The sensual fool’s focus is on that which brings him immediate pleasure, glories in that which should bring shame. This fool’s mouth gets him in even more trouble than the Pithy fool. Matter of fact he’s downright unreasonable. Our Bible gives is far more warning on this type of fool, 70 times, than all the other types of fools. He should be avoided or should I say, his tendencies should be avoided because he leads people astray. The prescription for correction is severe punishment. ‘A companion of fools (k’siyl) shall be destroyed’ Pvb 13:20, Eeeek!
The next 2 type fools should be avoided at all costs. If you see any bit of yourself in these, please take the stronghold down in your soul and kick this sukka out! The Scorning fool, or ‘loots/Lutz, is a baaaaad boy. He rejects Truth and embraces that which is abominable. Want to meet him? Read Psalm 1:1. He’s scorning, got a bad attitude towards other, derisive in behavior and speech. Doesn’t hear a rebuke, Pvb 13:1, 14:6. Gotta drive out the scoffer, Pvb 22:10. There’s 27 verse on this bad boy. All worth looking up.
Finally, the most dangerous type of fool is the Steadfast Fool, or ‘Nabal’, a flat out wicked and vile person. He totally rejects The Creator and His Ways. Meet him in Pslam 14:1. You will shudder. You should shudder. It’s his goal to draw as many others into his evil ways. Do not even think you can begin to handle this fool. You would be a fool. There are 18 verses that describe him, I would advise you look them up and avoid at all costs.
Hopefully you can glean the depth of this issue. There is so much more.
How long will you love simplicity, simple ones? And will scorners delight in their scorning? And will fools hate knowledge? Turn at my warning; behold, I will pour out my Spirit to you; I will make my words known to you. Because I called, and you refused; I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention; but you have despised all my advice, and would have none of my warning. I also will laugh at your trouble; I will mock when your fear comes; when your fear comes as a wasting away, and your ruin comes like a tempest when trouble and pain come upon you. Then they shall call upon me, and I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me; instead they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of Jehovah. They would have none of my counsel; they despised all my correction, and they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own desires. For the turning away of the simple kills them, and the ease of fools destroys them. But whoever listens to me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. (Proverb 1: 22-33)