The Webster dictionary defines foolishness as a person with little or no judgment, common sense and wisdom; and wicked as bad moral without any consideration, evil depraved. Man’s relationship with one another should be one of cordial, consideration and of love. These would erase all the foolishness of one’s selfish heart. Wicked is a person of bad character and moral without any consideration. The Bible teaches us principles that are rooted in love for one another. They summarize the Law with all its demands. Foolishness and wickedness are roots of evil that destroy and separate people. A fool and wicked person has his end marked all over him. His life style contrary to God’s principles of love not only determines his long term future, but also his short term future. The question rises concerning premature death here. If a person dies prematurely, that is before his seventy or eighty years, did God intended for him to live a short life? The sovereignty of God should always be considered in matter like this one. Why a child, who does not know his right from his left hand die a premature death? God only knows why in the sphere of His all-knowing attribute. However, one must realize that an evil seed planted will sprout into an evil plant with bad fruit.
The warning Solomon gives carries a burden for him who presumptuously and willfully sins. The foolishness rooted in his heart occupies the space in it and guides him to destruction. Any person who delights in sinning is a condemned person. He does not have to wait until death to know the fact; he can know it now, for he is a rotten apple corrupting others to be like him. Why should our Lord be mocked over and over when He has given His life to save such a person, if he willfully has made the decision to be contrary to Him? His premature death is just a warning of what will follow. YAHSHUA told a parable of a foolish man who built his house. For lack of understanding and wisdom, he built it on sand. That represents his life style and his future as a result. His future built on sand will crumble hopelessly. There will be no good future for such a person. The fool disbelieves the existence of God and lives a life with no regard for Him. He is his own boss and does what he pleases. We call this type of person an atheist. He will be surprised as have many been who went before him, when the time comes for him to face God.
The Bible records a foolish man called Nabal. Nabal’s life was cut short for the Lord smote him and he died (I Sam.25). The wickedness of Nabal gave way to his premature death. Samson was a chosen man from the tribe of Dan to save his people Israel. He was anointed and possessed tremendous strength. But Samson was full of himself and a foolish man. Called to be a Nazarite for God to save his people, Samson fell into the sin of marrying an ungodly woman from the nation that constituted Israel’s enemy. He died a premature death and with him the enemy fell to death also. He killed more people in his death than any other time while he was alive. What a wasteful life! In the book of Acts chapter 5 we read the story of a foolish couple who fell dead at the feet of the disciples for acting foolishly after they had sold their propriety. There is no room in the kingdom of God for a non -repented fool.
Solomon, the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes, who warned against the wicked and foolish man, was not free from that himself. The Bible says that he did evil in the sight of the Lord and went not fully after the Lord as David his father did. He defiantly loved many foreign women- the very nations the Lord had prohibited the nation to marry; when he was old, his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father; Solomon built a high place for the abominable idol of Moab, and for Molech the abominable idol of the Ammonites (I Kings 11). To Solomon God gave wisdom, riches greater than any other king of Israel. He was blessed beyond measure when his heart was right with God. In his departure from Him, he lived a life of a pagan man controlled by his foreign women. I guess he traded his wisdom for the love of sex with one thousand women. He severely broke the covenant with his God when he went the way of his wives’ foreign gods, committing adultery against God.
Solomon must have returned to his true God for him to be saved eternally. Ezekiel 3:20 says: … If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and some gift or providence which I lay before him he perverts into an occasion to sin and he commits iniquity, he shall die in his sin and his righteousness deeds which he has done shall not be remembered… Solomon, like any other person, was under this warning. He did not live as long as his father; he died a short life of 58-59 years. His question returned to himself: why should you die before your time? Solomon experienced all the temporary and earthly values: education, pleasure, happiness, power, influence, but at the end he concluded that all was vanity. And at the end of the book of Ecclesiastes, presumably having returned to his God, he said, All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man, and the whole duty of man, for God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing whether is good or evil (Eccl. 12:13-14).
Moses wrote that man’s life span is seventy years or even, if by reason of strength, eighty years (Ps. 90:10b) although, he lived to be one hundred and twenty years old. Obviously, he was blessed with a long life. Forty years on the desert leading the people to the Promised Land, served him well. His life was enriched with the presence of the Lord when he communicated with God face to face. Twice he spent forty days and nights in the presence of God on the mount.
Moses lived a complete and full life before God, even though he did not enter the earthly Promised Land, he entered into the Heavenly Land where God is.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them (Ps. 139:16). Here is the situation of everyone’ length of life span. Before we are born our number of days on earth is registered in God’s book. However, premature death happens when we choose the life of a fool and wicked person. We do not understand why some wicked people live a long life; and a righteous person a short life, but we must not play with the fire of life. He knows the destiny of each one of us; He knows and watches each of us. Depending on our life style, we can be here today and gone tomorrow; our future belongs to Him. But know for certain the way you live your life will bring you good or bad consequences. We will either live long or live a short and premature life. Choose this day how you want to live your life: either to please God and live long, or be a fool and die prematurely. The choice is yours.