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Summary: Here’s a sermon for the time around April 1st that deals with foolish people.

Fools Used 4/1/2001 morning

Open your Bibles to the Book of Judah.

April Fool! There is no Book of Judah!

Turn to Luke 12: 13-31

[13]And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.

[14] And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?

[15] And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

[16] And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

[17] And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

[18] And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

[19] And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

[20] But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

[21] So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

[22] And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

[23] The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

[24] Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

[25] And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

[26] If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

[27] Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

[28] If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

[29] And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

[30] For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

[31] But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Today’s Message is entitled “The Fool!”

In today’s Bible text, Jesus was asked to settle a case.

A man was having a dispute with his brother

over the inheritance of his father’s estate.

The law gave 2/3 to the older son

and 1/3 to the younger son.

This man felt he was being cheated,

so he appealed to Jesus for help in getting his share.

It was a common practice for Rabbis to settle legal disputes.

So what does Jesus do?

He tells the story about a man He calls a “Fool”.

I’d like to tell you the story of another Fool.

Her name was Madalyn Mays.

Madalyn was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1919.

She was born into a good Christian family.

The family moved to Akron, Ohio when Madalyn was very young.

Her father was a Presbyterian...her mother a Lutheran.

They attended a Presbyterian Church in Akron.

Mr & Mrs Mays were intelligent people.

They took their children to the library every week.

And Madalyn would load up on books to read.

One weekend, her father refused to take her to the library.

So Madalyn sat down and read the Bible from cover to cover.

But Madalyn was disgusted by what she read.

She refused to believe that it was true.

When Madalyn attended church services...

she didn’t like the preaching.

She refused to accept what he was preaching

about what is sinful...and what is right in God’s eyes.

After high school, Madalyn enrolled at Ashland College in Ashland, Ohio.

2 years of Bible Study were required for graduation.

And Madalyn got excellent grades in her Bible classes.

She knew the Bible very well...she just didn’t believe it!


Fools Can Read and Hear God’s Word

And Still Fail To Get The Message:

[13]And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.

The man was in the congregation listening to Jesus preach.

The man was a follower of Jesus.

Jesus had apparently paused for a brief rest between sermons,

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