Thursday, March 06, 2008

Those Whom God Calls Fools

Deut. 32:6 Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?

Moses rebuked the children of Israel with these words above as he warned them just before their entrance into the Promised Land. It is the first use of the word "fool or foolish" in the Bible. Here it is applied to God's chosen people after they had been redeemed out of Egyptian slavery by God. This implies that the most foolish of all people are those who have known about God and His great salvation and yet have turned away from His Word.

Paul wrote in similar scathing terms of those who had known of God's great deliverance of their fathers from the evil world before the Flood, and yet then abandoned Him for idolatry;

Romans 1:18-22 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

David used the same word about those who decide they can explain things without God, just as do so many intellectuals in modern America;

Psalm 53:1-4 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.

Even prophets and preachers can become fools if they follow their own wisdom instead of God's Word;

Ezek. 13:3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

Jesus Christ similarly rebuked even those He dearly loved, because they were surprised and discouraged when He was crucified. "O fools," He said, because they had been "slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken." (Luke 24:25)

God help us to maintain believing hearts, not foolish hearts, as we serve Him!!!

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2 Comments:

OpenID maranatha777 said...

Great post!!! I once did a study of the word fool in Proverbs! Excellent!

Kate

8:57 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Sis. Kate,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a kind comment.... I'm sure that study in Proverbs would be great!!!

11:30 PM  

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