Examples of the Scorner, Fool, Simple and Wise

Scorners mock at God’s wisdom.  The primitive root in Hebrew means to make mouth or scoff.

Jerusalem and the Pharisee’s in particular come to mind when looking for an example of a scorner.  Jesus wept for Jerusalem when they didn’t receive Him as their Messiah when he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to fulfil prophecy.  Furthermore, He rode into Jerusalem on the very day that Gabriel told Daniel the Messiah would present Himself.

Luke 19:42 (KJV)

42  Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

Because the Jews didn’t recognize Him as the Messiah Jesus foretold their destruction in 70AD as well as pronouncing spiritual blindness on them.

The Fool is arrogant, mocks at sin and hates instruction.

Zedekiah, the king of Judah was warned by Jeremiah the prophet for years that they were going to go into captivity.  Instead of heeding Jeremiah’s warnings, he kept rebelling and listening to false prophets until Jerusalem was Besieged by Nebuchadrezzar and finally destroyed.  Jeremiah 39

The simple lack discernment and believe whatever they are told.  They are the opposite of critical thinkers.

Eve strikes me as the prime example of this.  She is deceived by a talking snake.  This should be something that should be questioned as they only had one rule, which was to not eat of the fruit of one particular tree.  Eve believed the lie:

Genesis 3:5 (KJV)
5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

The lust of the flesh and lust of the eyes got the better of Eve, she believed the lie that she “shall be as gods”.  No questions asked, only simple trust in a talking snake…

The wise listen to instruction, obey, flee from sin and are diligent.  Although many examples can be given, the practical example for me is Paul.  God chose Paul to be the apostle to the gentiles at a time when he was persecuting Christians.  Paul was instructed by the revelation of Jesus Christ as he explains in Galatians 1.  Paul listened to instruction by Jesus and obeyed.  He obeyed through hardship, beatings, imprisonment, shipwrecks and many years trying to bring the Gospel to a pagan world.

Paul was very diligent and wrote epistles to the early church which is the basis for our doctrine 2000 years later.  He was not content to coast, but to run the race to win.