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God's Own Fool

written by Michael Card


It seems I've imagined Him all of my life
The wisest of all of mankind
But if God's holy wisdom is foolish to man 1
He must have seemed out of His mind
For even His family said He was mad 2
And the priests said a demon's to blame 3
But God in the form of this angry young man
Could not have seemed perfectly sane


When we in our foolishness thought we were wise
He played the fool and He opened our eyes
When we in our weakness believed we were strong
He became helpless to show we were wrong


And so we follow God's own fool
For only the foolish can tell
Believe the unbelievable
Come be a fool as well 4


So come lose your life for a carpenter's son
For a mad man who died for a dream
And you'll have the faith His first followers had
And you'll feel the weight of the beam


So surrender the hunger to say you must know
Have the courage to say "I believe"
For the power of paradox opens your eyes
And blinds those who say they can see 5


When we in our foolishness thought we were wise
He played the fool and He opened our eyes
When we in our weakness believed we were strong
He became helpless to show we were wrong


And so we follow God's own fool
For only the foolish can tell
Believe the unbelievable
Come be a fool as well 6


And so we follow God's own fool
For only the foolish can tell
Believe the unbelievable
Come be a fool as well 7





1.
"For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever will I set aside [Isaiah 29:14] Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the word? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men."

-- 1 Corinthians, Chapter 1, verses 18-25 NASB


2.
And He came home, and the multitude gathered again, to such an extent that they could not even eat a meal. And when His own people [or kinsmen] heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, "He has lost His senses."

-- Mark, chapter 3, verses 20, 21 NASB


3.
And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons."
-- Mark, chapter 3, verse 22 NASB

The Jews answered and said to Him, "Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?"
-- John, chapter 8, verse 48 NASB

The Jews said to Him, "Now we know that You have a demon."
-- John, chapter 8, verse 52a,b NASB

There arose a division again among the Jews because of these words. And many of them were saying, "He has a demon, and is insane; why do you listen to Him?"
-- John, chapter 10, verses 19, 20 NASB


4.
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, "He is the One who catches the wise in their craftiness"; [Job 5:13 ] and again, "the Lord Jehovah knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless." [Psalms 94:11]
-- 1 Corinthians, Chapter 3, verses 18-20 NASB

We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor.
-- 1 Corinthians, Chapter 4, verse 10 NASB


5.
And Jesus said,"For judgement I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind." Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things, and said to Him, "We are not blind too, are we?" Jesus said to them, "if you were blind you would have no sin; but since you say, "We see"; your sin remains."

-- John, chapter 9, verses 39-41


6.
...we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to people. We are fools for Christ"

-- 1 Corinthians, chapter 4, verses 9-10


7.
...we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to people. We are fools for Christ"

-- 1 Corinthians, chapter 4, verses 9-10