Book: Proverbs 26
“As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.”
There are some verses in the Bible that are not pleasant to think about. In fact, I don’t think that in all the sermons I have heard over the years that this verse has even been referred to. Talking about vomit and returning to it is not a pleasant thought. So why does this proverb include such an unpleasant visual description of foolishness? If that is not revolting enough why does the proverb describe repeating foolishness as returning to the product of sickness?
This proverb makes it very clear how sin (foolishness) is so abominable, disgusting, and detestable. There is nothing good about it. The only thing worse than foolishness is repeating that sin. God’s wisdom makes it perfectly clear that sin is not healthy, not good and needs to be left for good.
In 2 Peter 2, the Apostle quotes this proverb as he describes the dangers of false prophets. I would encourage you to read through this chapter and see the significance of how this proverb actually describes sin and the foolishness of false prophets. It will also help you to be on guard against the foolishness of others, even in leadership, who might try to have you believe. The last verse of the chapter gives a common saying of the day, “A washed pig returns to the mud.” Unless there is a spiritual transformation in the life of a sinner, the natural action will be to return to “the mud”.
There is no room for foolishness or sin, in the Kingdom of God. That is why the King came to this earth and paid the price for the penalty of foolishness so that you and I would be able to enter and be part of the Kingdom of God. Trading foolishness for citizenship in the Kingdom is the best deal each one of us can make. Allowing the King to wash us clean and not repeat foolishness is a great gift from Him. He has given us His Holy Spirit to lead, guide and comfort us into being and doing what we were made for – the passion He has put in our heart.