The Fool by Duane Bemis

The Fool
Rev. Duane Bemis
Psalms 2
May 1, 1994

(read Ps. 2:1-2 in TLB translation)

LORD, IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT ME TO SHARE? I SEE A VISION WHERE MANY BROKEN CROWNS OF THIS WORLD ARE IN A HEAP; THEN, OUT OF THE CENTER COMES YOUR CRUCIFIXION. I ALSO SEE A YOUNG MAN WHO HAS COME FACE TO FACE WITH HIS UNHOLINESS. HE IS ASKING FOR YOUR FORGIVENESS, AS HE KISSES YOUR HAND. I AM AMAZED AT HOW YOU COMMUNICATE TO ME AS I SEEK YOUR HEART IN THIS QUEST TO DRAW YOUR WORDS OF LIFE.

I WILL NEVER KNOW WHY YOU CHOSE ME; BUT LORD, PLEASE SPEAK LOUD AND CLEAR TO THIS EARTHLY MAN.

LORD, WHY DO KINGS AND PEOPLE TRY SO HARD TO DESTROY YOUR SIMPLE GRACE WHICH FREES US? "THINK BACK TO YOUR DAYS OF YOUTH. WHY DID YOU REBEL FROM THE TRUTH?" MY LORD SPOKE TO ME AS I WAS IN MY PRAYER CLOSET.

AS I LOOK BACK TO MY YOUTHFUL DAYS AND ANALYZE THEM, I SEE IT WAS IGNORANCE THAT I STOOD SO PROUDLY UPON. IT WAS MY DESIRE TO SEEK EARTHLY PLEASURES TO FULFILL MY FLESH WITH THE LUST OF MY EARTHLY CRAVINGS. IN MY HEART, I ALSO KNEW THAT YOU, OH LORD, WOULD NOT APPROVE, AND WOULD HAVE SAID, "NO!" TO ME STRAYING FROM YOUR TRUTH.

"KEEP THINKING MY CHILD," I HEARD THE SPIRIT WHISPER WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT. "I SAW THAT YOU STOOD FIRMLY AGAINST ALL BIBLICAL STANDARDS." I CHOSE TO THROW CAUTION TO THE WIND AND DO IT ALL MY WAY, SINCE I FELT I KNEW WHAT WAS BEST. IT SEEMED WHILE I WAS IN IGNORANCE, YOUR WAYS WERE ONLY WAYS OF RULES AND LAWS, AND I WOULD BE TRAPPED, OR CHAINED TO GOOD. I WAS REBELLING AGAINST THE ONLY TRUE GOD. FORGIVE ME, CHRIST THE KING, MY RIGHTEOUSNESS. HOW COULD I BE SO IGNORANT OF THE FREEDOM YOU DESIRED TO GIVE ME? I SEE THE TRUTH YOU SPOKE THROUGH DAVID'S PEN; YOU SPOKE THESE WORDS WHICH TOLD OF THINGS WHICH WOULD HAPPEN OVER 500 YEARS LATER.

VERSE 3

"COME, LET US BREAK HIS CHAINS," THEY SAY, "AND FREE OURSELVES FROM ALL THIS SLAVERY TO GOD." (TLB)

IN IGNORANCE, I THREW OFF THE CHAINS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. SATAN IS THE FATHER OF ALL LIES! IN MY FULFILLMENT ...


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