Have you ever seen it snow on the 4th of July? Well, unless you live in the southern hemisphere, probably not. Snow and Independence Day just don’t go together. Solomon says (vs. 1) that giving honor to a fool is like snow on the 4th of July. It’s not very becoming.
The first twelve verses of chapter 26 deal with “the fool.” A fool is a person who acts unwisely or imprudently. The Bible describes him as a self-confident person who rejects God and his word.
Here are some things about a fool from this chapter:
There is a cause for his curse (v. 2).
He is like an animal in that he cannot listen to and learn from reason (v.3).
We are exhorted not to stoop to the level of the fool in argument (v. 4). Sometimes it’s best to say nothing.
There are other times when we must answer the fool to prevent more foolishness, but we should be careful not to do so in his foolish and reproachful manner, rendering evil for evil, and railing for railing (v. 5).
It’s not a good idea to utilize a fool for your messenger (v. 6). The image of cutting off the feet implies that the message might not be delivered on time, if at all. And the idea of drinking damage has to do with causing internal harm, like drinking poison.
The parable is a reference to God’s word (v. 7). Spoken by a fool, it is still God’s word, but it manifests the hypocrisy of the fool who speaks it. When one leg is even slightly shorter than the other, it causes the person to hobble or limp. This is noticeable to all. So it is when a fool attempts to use God’s word to his advantage. It will be apparent to everyone that the legs are not equal. In other words, that he’s a hypocrite.
Binding a stone in a sling is giving someone ammunition to do harm. So honoring a fool will normally end up with someone, usually some innocent one, getting hurt.
So, don't snow on the 4th of July parade! Don’t give honor to fools!
Well, there is a lot more, but I’m out of time. My wife and I are getting away for the evening to celebrate our 29th Wedding Anniversary!
May the Lord bless and keep you! And, God willing, we’ll see you again!
Grace and Peace,