RE Verse reading–Luke 12:13-21, 16:19-31, James 5:1-6 (day two) “And God said to him, ‘You fool!” (12:20) It is a strangely offensive word to us. Fool. Slightly less so in the scripture. It translates the word moros (note our word moron) and refers to a person who is “dull or illogical” re. moral or spiritual truth– a person making serious and avoidable mistakes. Proverbs 14:1 describes the kind of fool who says there is NO God. Jesus in Luke 12 describes the kind who says that money IS a god. The Lord often talked about the deceitfulness of riches. (Read Mark 4:19) He pictures money as whispering (shouting?) a promise that if we accumulate enough of it then we can rest. The man is Jesus’ story seems to have believed this lie. “And I will say to my soul. . .you have ample goods. . .relax. . .be merry!” (12:19) Most of us have known enough lotto winners to know better. Only a fool believes that money buys contentment.
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Thank you Father that though we were all (still am…. in so many ways in my case) fools, you loved us even while we were yet sinners. My prayer today is for all the spiritually blind people in this nation. As you truly know…. they do not know what they are doing…. they do not see. Father, touch them for salvation/new Life. Love them just like you loved us. Thank you for your planning/working in their lives to bring them to salvation. Begin a Good Work in them! May your will be done. Amen.