When you breakdown this passage in the Hebrew, it could have been easily translated like this: “The backsliding of the simple, seducible man will completely and utterly destroy him and the careless ease and false security of the fool will cause him to perish; but whosoever hears and understands wisdom can abide, rest and stay forever in the place of refuge, at peace and with no anxiety or fear of bad things to come.”
It’s interesting to note that it’s the backsliding of the simple/seducible man that kills him. It’s not the sin that takes us out; it’s the inability or unwillingness to repent. God is NOT intimidated with our sin! He came and died for it so we could live above it. Waywardness is what happens to simple, seducible people. Think on that, are you seducible? What’s your price? At what point will you backslide or reject the Lord? For Peter it was the opinions and the fear of men (Luke 22:60). For others it’s the fear of financial loss. Jesus was NOT seducible. The enemy offered him ALL the wealth and the Kingdoms of the world and Jesus didn’t budge (Matthew 4:9). We’ve got to understand that the door to death is compromise, and then we must close the door to whatever would cause us to be wayward in our faith.
It’s equally interesting to note that the complacency or false sense of security of foolish people is what will destroy them. Again, it’s not their sin and it’s not their lack. It is the sinner’s unwillingness to seek the remedy to their sin and lack. Complacent fools are destroyed, but the Bible is full of repentant fools whose lives are transformed! Peter did in fact deny the Lord, but afterward, He turned towards the Lord, repented and God transformed Him into a pillar of the church! Foolish people are often confident and secure in their stupidity and it’s this false sense of security that will ultimately destroy their lives.
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