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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sacrifice of Fools

Yesterday we looked at the first part of Ecclesiastes 5:1.  Today Look at the second part.  Reading this I was abruptly stopped by the notion of “offering the sacrifice of fools”.  I really do not want to do that.  A couple of weeks ago in our Sunday School class we looked at Jephthah in Judges 11 – 12.  It is a difficult passage; Jephthah makes a stupid vow and ends up making a foolish sacrifice.  It is a hard read.
Sometimes I come to the Lord with foolishness.  Thoughts at DTTB.
If you compare Jepthah’s behavior to Ecclesiastes 5:1 you will see that he did not guard his steps or his mouth.

Many times I have come to the Lord with my agenda.  With what I thought I needed to do, or better what He needed to help me accomplish.  I forget in the midst of a busy schedule of spiritual endeavors that this is His deal not mine.  I come to Him demanding and expecting Him to join into and make my plans work out the way I want them to.  That to put it in the vernacular is bassackwards.  Or to put it into Solomon’s more cultured language a foolish sacrifice.

I would be a much better servant to come with my plans in an open hand, or even better coming empty handed and asking for His plan.  That may minimize my foolish sacrifices.