WHOSE FOOL ?

                               Reading: Psalm 14
 

INTRODUCTION

(a) In the ancient courts of Royalty they had as part of the establishment
- FOOLS, otherwise known as the court jesters.
(b) Well let me risk my neck tonight and tell you each and every one -
YOU ARE A FOOL !! THE BIBLE SAYS SO !
(c) What's more so am I !!
(d) We've all been through times  in  the  past,  when, for one reason  or
another, we have felt FOOLS,  either  because  of something we've done, or
something   we've  said.   We    have    all    had    times   of    acute
embarrassment,   misunderstanding, perhaps even  shame,  when to be blunt,
WE HAVE FELT RIGHT FOOLS.
TONIGHT WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT SOME BIBLE FOOLS, AND YOU
AND I ARE AMONGST THEM!
 

POINT 1                 THE ATHEIST

(a) The first one is found in v.1 of our reading:
"The FOOL hath said in his heart there is no God"
(b) The word 'FOOL' on this occasion is from the Hebrew word 'NABAL' which
means literally "EMPTY PERSON".
If someone has no concept of God, how can they be anything but empty??
Can you imagine the emptiness of trying to live and die without God??
Can you imagine coming to the  point  of  death without the  certainty  of
eternal life filling your heart?
(c) Now the verse says it is the person who says IN THEIR HEART that there
is no God, who is the fool!
I meet people all the time who say something else with their lips!
BUT  THE  WAY THEY LIVE  AND  THE  THINGS   THEY   DO  PROVE
THAT IN THEIR HEARTS THEY SAY  "THERE  IS  NO GOD".
(d) Many a drunk man has said to me "I believe in God", but what
he really means is that he has  concocted   a   god  to  believe  in - one
that demands nothing of  him, and allows  him  to  live  as  he likes, sin
as he  likes, and  somehow  slide  into Heaven  anyway.
ONE  THING  IS SURE, HE  DOESN'T  BELIEVE  IN  THE  GOD IN  HEAVEN  ABOVE,
Whom  we find portrayed within the pages  of  Scripture - The God of LOVE,
but also the  GOD OF JUDGEMENT.
(e) Perhaps you're here tonight and you would say you believe in God,  but
what kind of a God is He?
Is He the God Who commands all  men  everywhere  to repent of our sin - or
perish??
Is He the God Who says we will one day appear before Him in judgement??
Is He the God Who sent  His  Son  to  die  in  your  place on the cross of
Calvary??
(f) Yes, perhaps you would readily agree in the existence of God, but what
says  your heart??
Have you on past  occasions  heard  the  Gospel  being preached, and  have
felt  the Holy Spirit produce conviction and  a yearning within you to get
right with God.
Yet have you not refused, as if God did not even exist!!?
(g) Lets face facts, IF YOU REALLY   BELIEVED  THAT IF  YOU  DIED  AT THIS
MOMENT  YOU'D BE IN A LOST ETERNITY, WOULD YOU NOT COMMIT YOUR LIFE TO GOD
IMMEDIATELY?
WOULD YOU DARE RISK DYING IN YOUR SIN AND GOING TO HELL FOR ETERNITY???
(h) If  you  really  believed  that  the  CREATOR  OF  THIS  UNIVERSE  WAS
OFFERING  YOU SALVATION  PURCHASED  BY  THE   CRUEL  DEATH OF  HIS  SON ON
CALVARY'S CROSS - WOULD YOU DARE TO REFUSE?
The atheist is indeed a very empty person:
1. EMPTY OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD!
2. EMPTY OF FORGIVENESS!
3. EMPTY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT'S POWER TO LIVE A RIGHTEOUS LIFE!
4. EMPTY OF ABUNDANT LIFE AND THE JOY THAT COMES WITH IT!
5. EMPTY OF ANY ASSURANCE OF  SALVATION  OR THE WONDERFUL HEAVENLY LIFE TO
COME!
(*) I was thrilled and challenged,  when  I  heard about  OLEG the Russian
Interpreter for the Billy Graham Crusade in  Moscow,  a man who had been a
hardened communist, but  his  atheism  crumbled  when   a   nine  year old
Christian girl asked him, "How sure are you there is no God?"
(**) How sure are YOU, of  your  disbelief  -  or  of  the god of your
imagination that you have made up - ENOUGH   TO  STAKE  YOUR  LIFE ON IT -
YOUR ETERNAL LIFE - BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT YOU'RE DOING!!
 

POINT 2      ONE OF THE FOOLS IN PERSON

(a) In Luke 12:20, we read of someone  who was A FOOL, not because of what
he DID but because of what he DIDN'T DO!!
(b) He was someone who was  well  off.  He was  someone  who  thought  and
planned ahead. He was a go-ahead successful man!
(c) But what he DIDN'T DO cancelled out all that was good.
HE LEFT GOD COMPLETELY OUT OF THE PICTURE!!
HE MADE NO PROVISION FOR ETERNITY!!
(d) God said, "THOU FOOL, THIS  NIGHT  THY  SOUL SHALL BE REQUIRED OF
THEE"
All the provision he  had  made  was  for  this  life alone! The spiritual
wasn't even considered!
I WONDER COULD THAT APPLY TO ANYONE HERE TONIGHT??
(e)  In  this  instance,   the    Greek    word   translated  fool,  means
"HEEDLESS & WITLESS"
(f) Could it be said of YOU that  you  have been HEEDLESS to the claims of
Christ?
Could it be said that  you  have  been  WITLESS   in  the  fact  that  you
have  not bothered to exercise the  wit,  to  reason out the claims of the
Gospel??
God says in Isaiah 1:18, "Come now let us REASON together".
 

POINT 3     LIKE PAUL - DON'T BE A FOOL

                   LIKE PAUL - DO BE A FOOL

 
(a) In 2 Corinthians 12:6 the Apostle Paul says,
"I shall not be a fool"
Again, here, the word means "HEEDLESS AND WITLESS"
In this instance, it  is  speaking  the  danger  of  thinking  too much of
oneself, but can be applied to so  much  we  have spoken about in the last
few minutes.
(b) I trust, like Paul, you will say, "I SHALL NOT BE A FOOL"!
AND IF THINGS ARE NOT RIGHT WITH  GOD,  THEN THAT YOU
WILL MAKE THEM RIGHT NOW.
(c) In 1 Corinthians 4:10 Paul says,
"I will be a fool - for Christ!"
"We are fools for Christ's sake"
(d) "Fools" as it's translated  comes  from a Greek word meaning
"REBEL"
WE NEED A LOT MORE OF THIS TYPE OF REBEL!!
Are you a REBEL for Jesus - one who is fighting for the JESUS REVOLUTION??
ARE YOU WILLING TO REBEL  AGAINST  THE   EVIL  MASTER WHO HAS BOUND YOU IN
CHAINS  OF SIN ALL THESE YEARS??
 

CONCLUSION

 
(a) The leader of that revolution waits  just  now to receive you into the
ranks.
(b) You don't have  to  worry  about  the revolution  being  unsuccessful,
for  the  VICTORY HAS  ALREADY  BEEN  WON  -  AT  CALVARY  -
AND SEALED ON RESURRECTION MORNING.
(c) Jesus needs every one of  us  now  to  help rescue those who are still
slaves to  the Devil - IT'S A BIG TASK - BUT HE GIVES THE POWER!
(d) WHAT SORT OF FOOL ARE YOU??
 
PRAYER CHORUS 10 "COMING HOME"
 
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