Thursday, 8 February 2018

Foolishness - mōria

How to be a fool in one easy step ...

To be foolish is a serious thing!

Nobody wants to be foolish!

No one wants to be a fool!

But is it possible. And what exactly does it mean?

The Bible tells us in no uncertain terms
who a fool is: To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. Psa 14:1

And mister wisdom, Solomon says He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. Pro 11:29

David should know

After all, a person by the name of Nâbâl (Fool), a rich, religious Celebite with a beautiful wife he disregarded and constantly ignored, scorned and insulted David and his men by refusing them shelter and food when they fled from king Saul in the wilderness. His beautiful wife, Abigail (My-Father-is-Joy), then  took David some provisions and pleaded for the life of her rude and uncanny husband with David. As soon as she told Nâbâl what she did he killed over and died from a heart attack. 

The moral of the story?

The fool disregards the Beloved.

If you do not have Jesus you are a fool!

What did Paul say?

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Foolishness

In the Greek foolishness is the word mōria.

It occurs only five times in the New Testament. All five times are in Paul's first book to the Corinthians. 

The meaning of the word reaches deep down to the very foundation of what a fool is.

The word mōria means silliness or absurdity, foolishness. It comes from the base word mōros where we get the word moron from. Directly translated it means impious, godless, dull, stupid, fool...

Wow!

And then there is muō

The root Greek word is from a derivative of the word μύω muō that is even more explanatory. Muō means to be dum struck or to be shut in the mouth. From here comes the idea of a secret or mystery founded on silence imposed by initiation into religious rites (Strongs concordance).

Wow, religion really can render you speechless and powerless!

Why is Paul writing about foolishness?

In fact, Paul's letter is a letter of encouragement for the believers in Corinth to continue in the Spirit and not to let the works of the flesh (self-righteousness) get the better of them. He is drawing a comparison between earthly wisdom (foolishness) and spiritual wisdom.

Like James, Paul is saying that the wisdom of this word is superficial. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. Jas 3:15

In contrast the wisdom revealed by the Spirit is so deep, intimate, intensive and liberating that it is loaded and exuberant  with the very thoughts and mind-set of Christ Himself!

Listen to the Voice of Truth as you read further

But as it is written,
Eye hath not seen,
nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?
even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God;
that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak,
not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth,
but which the Holy Ghost teacheth;
comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.

But he that is spiritual judgeth all things,
yet he himself is judged of no man.

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1Co 2:9-16

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