“Don’t do as the wicked do, and don’t follow the path of evildoers.”
Proverbs 4:14 NLT
Have you ever had someone smell something, throw their head back in disgust and scream, “this smells horrible!” then pass it to you and say, “Here, smell this.” I heard a wise Jedi master once say, “Who is the more foolish: The fool, or the fool who follows him?” While those words form an amusing line in the context of a movie, they point out a sad truth… if you smell it, who really is the greater fool?
The Bible is full of stories that give real life examples of fools. Samson, who foolishly followed a girl leading him to slavery. Esau, who foolishly followed his physical desires leading him to a lost birthright. Adam and Eve, who foolishly followed the lies of Satan leading them to a state of separation. The innumerable kings in the Old Testament, who foolishly followed their own evil ways leading them to the wrath of God. And the list goes on and on.
We know that we must look to the Bible to learn what we should do. But, we also need to look to the Bible to learn what NOT to do. God gives us these stories of fools so we can learn how to avoid their costly errors and in doing so not become fools ourselves. Another wise Jedi (or maybe it was a Vulcan) once said, “Those who fail to learn from history’s mistakes are doomed to repeat them.” I would add, those who see a fool do something foolish and yet still repeat the actions of the fool are the greatest fools of all.