Deceived Fools
by Ronald W Robey

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

The toxic qualities of beverage alcohol has the ability to deceive the one who partakes of it.

Example:

If everyone who drinks alcohol were to be totally honest with God, with their fellow man, and with themselves they would admit that the first time they drank alcohol they got drunk.

Maybe not full-blown, falling down, slobbering drunk. But they were drunk nonetheless. Speech possibly slurred slightly. Unable to think straight. lightheadedness. et.al.

These were all symptoms of drunkenness.

The next time they partook of the same amount of an alcoholic beverage, they were able to drink that amount without experiencing the same degree of those symptoms of drunkenness. The third time, they were able to drink more. The fourth even more.

And yet, they didn’t feel drunk like they did the first time they drank. So, what happened?

Folks, beverage alcohol is called an intoxicant for a reason…

…BECAUSE IT IS TOXIC.

The alcohol that made them fell drunken the first time they partook of it destroyed brain cells…the very cells that told them they were drunk with just one beer, one glass of wine, one shot of whiskey…no longer could tell them that they shouldn’t be drinking that intoxicant called beverage alcohol.

The alcohol had done exactly what the wise king Solomon said it would do…deceive the one drinking it, turning them into fools. Solomon knew of the ability to deceive that beverage alcohol has. That is why he told his son,

“Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.”

The word “Look” in Proverbs 23:31 is translated from the Hebrew “רָאָה ra’ah” (pronounced raw-aw’)

Ra’ah is a primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative):—advise self, appear, approve, behold, X certainly, consider, discern, (make to) enjoy, have experience, gaze, take heed, X indeed, X joyfully, lo, look (on, one another, one on another, one upon another, out, up, upon), mark, meet, X be near, perceive, present, provide, regard, (have) respect, (fore-, cause to, let) see(-r, -m, one another), shew (self), X sight of others, (e-)spy, stare, X surely, X think, view, visions.

Solomon knew the best way to avoid being deceived by beverage alcohol was not to desire it…not even to approve of it.