Withering Fools

Touch here for today’s reading.   Psalm 53


I read this psalm thinking about the wicked King Herod along with the nasty people who buzz around his life like flies. They are all like the fool in today’s psalm.

The word for “fool” in Hebrew is nabal, meaning “to wither.” Just as in Jesus’ “Parable of the Sower,” when seed falls on rocky ground, the plant withers and falls away, because the roots do not go deep. So it is with Herod. He tried to keep his power by being cruel and murdering innocent children with the plan to kill the child Jesus. What a fool he was to think that this power would be greater than the power of God and the power of love!

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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms: one a week over the three-year cycle.

This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick