WHOSE FOOL ?
Reading: Psalm 14
(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!
(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
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
(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
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
(*) 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!!
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
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
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
God says in Isaiah 1:18, "Come now let us REASON together".
POINT 3 LIKE
PAUL - DON'T BE A FOOL
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
(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
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??
(a) The leader of that revolution waits just now to receive you into the
(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"
SALVATION ARMY SONG BOOK