Don Heberly
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Psalms 14:1

Our text tells us many things about the "fool". We need to determine who the "fool" is. Young's Concordance lists 8 vss. in the Old and New Testament rendered "fool". They show different degrees in describing fools; and might be likened to red-scarlet-crimson-vermillion, etc. These 8 are rendered "self confident", "evil", "boosters", "empty person", "thickheaded", "thoughtless", "unwise", and "heedless".

One may deduct that the "fool" is certainly one who thinks himself to be self sufficient; as well as one who is self satisfied with his own doings, Proverbs 12:15. The scriptures tell many things the fool does:

(a) he makes a mock of sin, Proverbs 14:9,

(b) he despises instruction, Proverbs 1:22, 15:15, 18:2.

(c) he trusts in his own heart, Proverbs 28:26.

(d) it is sport for him to do mischief, Proverbs 10:23.

(e) he is full of words, Ecclesiastes 10:14.

(f) worst of all these, he says there is no God, Psalms 53:1.

Without God, there is no hope for sinful mankind. It is as if trying to fly without wings; or see without eyes; or to think without a brain. While all are born depraved, as David said: Psalms 58:3: "The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies."

There is hope! even for fools! Psalms 107:17-21 begins with the word "fool" - - - in verse 19 "they cry unto the Lord", "He sent his word", 20, and healed them - - - and delivered them from their destruction. So, there is hope if fools turn from their wicked ways and repentively trust in Him as their Saviour. There is a hope for many we have 'written off'. What a victory it is when one turns from his wicked ways and finds a solution in Jesus Christ. I was such an one, once. DDH.

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