A Whip, a Bridle and a Rod

Charles Lamb, the essayist, was giving a talk to a mixed gathering, when someone in the crowd hissed.

A stunned silence followed, because this was so completely unexpected among the civilized and respectful audience.

The speaker paused for a few moments, and then calmly said,

“There are three things that hiss – a  goose, a snake, and a fool. Come forth and be identified.”

Proverbs 26:3 states, “A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool’s back.”

A horse unbroken needs a whip for correction. The donkey needs a bridle for guidance and direction, lest he take the wrong path.

However, a fool (a vicious, rebellious, and stubborn man) needs a stick or branch to check his insubordinate spirit.

Sadly, a fool learns only through force.

John Wesley was a great preacher, but not everybody, of course, liked him. One day, as Mr. Wesley was out walking, he was on a narrow path, when he met a man who detested him.

One of the men would have to step aside to allow the other to pass. The man came charging ahead, saying,

“I never make way for fools.” Wesley quickly stepped aside saying,

“I always do.”

A philosopher once wrote, “There are three classes of people in the world. The first learn from their own experiences – these are the wise. The second learn from the experience of others—these are the happy. The third group learns neither from their own experiences, nor from the experiences of others – these are the fools.”

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center