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The Fool – Psalm 14

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THE FOOL

Psalm 14

INTRODUCTION
Stephen Hawking has been professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge for 30.  His previous book “Brief History of Time,” sold 9 million copies.  His new book is “The Grand Design.”  In it he claims philosophy is dead, the laws of physics explain – and therefore determine – everything, miracles are impossible, and God is not necessary to explain the existence or the order of the universe, among other things.  The fool has said in his heart or book, “there is no God.”

I.    The Fool, Psalm 14:1
A.    1 Samuel 25:3 – Nabal is the Hebrew word for fool.  It means an empty person or empty-headed.
B.    He is churlish – hard, severe, overbearing, impossible to live with.
C.    He is evil in his doings and crooked in his business.
D.    He is unthankful, 1 Samuel 25:10 – 14.
E.    He is a son of Belial, 1 Samuel 25:25.
F.    He is closed-minded, 1 Samuel 25:17b – “cannot speak to him.”
1.    He is closed to reason.
2.    He is closed to revelation, Psalm 14:1.
3.    The first principle of reason is missing, Proverbs 1:7.
G.    He is described in Romans 1:18 – 22.  As Paul describes humanity, he says they are unthankful, became vain (empty), and professing wisdom became fools.

II.    The Folly of Man, Psalm 14:1 – 2 – “There can be no good when there is no God.”
A.    They are corrupt, Genesis 6:12.  Corrode to rust then to nothing.
B.    They are abominable, Genesis 6:2.
C.    They are wicked, 14:4a  Genesis 6:5.

III.    The Filth of Man, Psalm 14:1d & 3
A.    Contrast between good and evil,
1.    Eat and do not eat, Genesis chapter 3
2.    Cain and Abel, Genesis chapter 4
3.    Sons of God and daughters of men, Genesis chapter 6
4.    God saw only evil, Genesis 11
B.    Progression of evil in the heart of man
1.    Adam and Eve trying to be like God.
2.    Tower of Babel humanity wanted to be equal to God.

IV.    The Fear of Man, Psalm 14:4b – 6
A.    Psalm 14:4 – illustrated in Exodus 1:11 – 14, 21, & 5:2
B.    Psalm 14:5a – They are the fools.  Exodus 12:30 – 31, now they were in great fear.
C.    Psalm 14:5b & 6b – read Exodus 14:13 – 14
D.    Psalm 14:7 – read Exodus 14:25 – 28, 30 – 31

CONCLUSION
God is just; Psalm 14:2 – He looks.  The fool is closed-minded.  James 2:19 – Thou believest that there is one God; Thou doest well:  the devils believe and tremble.

A poem written over 70 years ago says,
First, dentistry was painless,
Then bicycles were chainless
And carriages were horseless
And many laws were enforce less.
Next cookery was fireless,
Telegraphy was wireless
Cigars were nicotine less
And coffee caffeineless.
Soon oranges were seedless,
The putting green was weed less
The college boy was hatless
The proper diet was fatless.
Now the motor roads are dustless,
The latest steel is rust less
Our tennis courts are sod less
Our new religions, godless.

“On earth are atheists many”
In hell there is not any.”

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