by: David Kennedy
April 1, 2020
DAY 14 BATTLE OF THE BEARD
Major upset! During the cover of the middle of the night Davey Crockett slipped out of the Alamo and cut off all of Santa Anna's red hair; SANTA ANNA IS NOW BALD!! And if you believed that you just fell for an April fool's joke! There will be an update to the battle of the beard tomorrow but since today is April 1st hence APRIL FOOLS DAY, our devotion is going to deal with the word: FOOL.
To an older generation, they see the word “FOOL" and they probably think of the character Mr. T from the TV series, "The A Team". In the Bible the word appears more times than you might think. I have seen numbers that range from 62-112 depending on the translation. In the old Testament there are 5 different words that can be used in Hebrew to indicate a fool and in the New Testament Greek there are at least 2 words that I am aware of.
The general agreement of "FOOL" is a person with NO SENSE. Not necessarily non-intelligent, but someone who simply lacks sense. I guess Mr. T knew Hebrew and Greek since that is generally what he meant when he said that word!
One of the most familiar verses in the Bible with the word FOOL in it is: "The FOOL says in his heart, there is no God". That verse interestingly enough can be found in TWO DIFFERENT PSALMS - Psalm 14:1 & Psalm 53:1!
THE POINT IS THAT THE WORD FOOL DESCRIBES ONE WHO IS NOT DUMB, BUT SOMEONE WHO HAS NO SENSE. They look around and think creation happened without a master creator, they poo-poo life after death experiences. The idea of heaven or hell (or both) being real (even though EVERYTHING else has an opposite!) is ludicrous to them. They are looking around right now during this time in history and see nothing except this as a scary time and an inconvenience. I look around and see God working through the bad to bring good. I see the possibility of a spiritual awaking for the world and America. I see the potential for Revival in the church. I see prayer being more public and widely used, even to the point of a public prayer being said by Rev. T.J. Jakes OUT LOUD on MSNBC! I watched a CEO of a major business, during a national Coronavirus broadcast, calling America back to the Bible and God!
The FOOL says there is no God; but those of us who believe, who wrestle with doubts and fears but keep the faith, who believe in the Bible and prayer, who love our neighbor and our Lord... well in some ways we too are fools, "FOOLS FOR CHRIST". And what that verse means, my dear family, friends and flock, is that we are FOOLS IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD because we don't follow all that the world does but what Jesus asks us to do. So, if you are going to be a FOOL, MAKE SURE YOU ARE A FOOL FOR CHRIST!
Dad, Papa, Uncle Rich, "Butter", Son-in-Law, Rich, & Rev. Rich