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Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday's Message: Fool

Psalm 107 “Fool”
Text:  Psalm 107:17-21

Because of their “transgression” (sin of rebellion) This term is singular.
-          I believe the bad choice these fools made was they did not enter the city of habitation!
-          They were at one time Wanderers and now they are fools!
-          “Fool” is how God refers those who have been made aware of the truth and still utterly rejected it.
·         They may have reacted in the very same way as the other wanderers had and been offered deliverance by God, but are now living a cautionary tale of why God’ way is always perfect!

iniquities” (sins of perversion)
-          A fool’s denial of truth in no way alters his accountability to God!
Proverbs 10:23  It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
-          Maybe God will punish me … maybe He won’t? (it’s like a game)
Proverbs 12:15  The way of a fool is right in his own eyes:
-          Being a fool does not indicate that you are incapable of processing thought or formulating a plan for your life.
-          IT DOES, however, declare that you are living outside of the will of God which is FOOLISH!!  = guaranteed failure!!
-          Proverbs 18:2  A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.  Fools follow their hearts NOT wisdom!!
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
·         Proverbs 1:7  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
·         Proverbs 1:22  How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
-          They have no desire to be informed of facts only to be praised for the decisions they make, no matter how awful those choices are!
Proverbs 12:16  A fool’s wrath is presently known:
Job 5:2  For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.
§  A believer cannot be a fool, but he can be a foolish man.
Proverbs 15:5  A fool despiseth his father’s instruction:
they areafflicted” (Affected with continued or often repeated pain, either of body or mind; suffering grief or distress, of any kind)

Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat
-          They find no satisfaction in sin – nothing will fill the void in their souls
-          They find that there is pleasure in sin, but it is very temporary and ever insufficient!
-          They convince themselves that there is NO HOPE or ANSWERS!
-          God is stripping them of their foolish reasoning and pride!

they draw near unto the gates of death
-          Their transgression and iniquities have brought them to the gates of hell, and now they must make a choice!
-          A fool only understands life and death, have and have not
§  There is no retirement plan or consideration for others
§  There is eternal perspective or concern

Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble
[Saveth]: (Present tense // third person “perpetual”)  Preserved from evil; injury or destruction; kept frugally; prevented; spared; taken in time
[Distresses]: Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; as, to suffer great distress from the gout, or from the loss of near friends. Affliction; calamity; misery.
Proverbs 26:11  As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.  (Vicious Cycle)
Jeremiah 5:21  Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

He sent his word and healed them
-          Healed & Delivered them (Past tense // definite) 
§  It heals them because their ailment is sin and foolishness
§  Everything we have done in our lives is not instantly and miraculously made perfect because we finally make the wise choice of responding to Truth
§  Some things will be almost instant, while others the process of healing will begin when changes are made in obedience and faith
[Destructions]: Death; murder; slaughter; massacre.
-          This term is plural because the pronoun “them” is plural
-          This also shows us that he is not referring to the collective destruction of eternal hell (Matt 7:13); because, then the term would have remained singular. = (physical death not spiritual or eternal death)

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