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Summary: THE RICH FOOL FAILED TO: RECOGNIZE GOD’S BLESSINGS, LIVE A LIFE OF GENEROSITY AND FOCUS HIS RESOURCES TOWARD HEAVEN. Jesus challenges us to avoid his foolish ways.

FOLLIES OF A FOOL

HE DIDN’T EVEN HEAR THE WORDS JESUS WAS SPEAKING TO THE LARGE GATHERING,

“I TELL YOU, WHOEVER ACKNOWLEDGES ME BEFORE MEN, THE SON OF MAN WILL ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE HIM BEFORE THE ANGELS OF GOD…”

NO, HE HAD COME FOR ANOTHER REASON. CERTAINLY JESUS WOULD HELP HIM. HE PRESSED TOWARD THE FRONT, WAITING FOR THE RIGHT MOMENT. FINALLY, HE SEIZED HIS OPPORTUNITY.

“TEACHER!”

JESUS’ EYES MET HIS.

NOW WAS HIS CHANCE.

“TEACHER…TELL MY BROTHER TO DIVIDE THE INHERITANCE WITH ME.”

HE LOOKED BACK INTO THE AUDIENCE WHERE HE HAD LEFT HIS BROTHER, FLASHING HIM AN

“I GOT YOU NOW” LOOK!

JESUS WAS ALREADY ADDRESSING HIM,

LET’S TURN IN OUR BIBLES TO LUKE 12:14 (quickview)  TO CAPTURE HIS WORDS,

“JESUS REPLIED, “MAN, WHO APPOINTED ME A JUDGE OR AN ARBITER BETWEEN YOU?”

HOW WOULD YOU HAVE FELT IF YOU WERE THAT YOUNG MAN? WOULDN’T YOU HAVE EXPECTED JESUS TO SUPPORT JUSTICE…TO SET THINGS STRAIGHT.

I HAVE A FEELING THAT JESUS’ REACTIONS WOULD MANY TIMES CATCH US BY SURPRISE. WHEREAS WE CAN ONLY SEE THE OUTSIDE, JESUS IS ABLE TO READ THE HEART.

NOTICE WHAT JESUS PICKED UP ABOUT THIS YOUNG MAN’S MOTIVES,

LUKE 12:15 (quickview) , “THEN JESUS SAID TO THEM, ‘WATCH OUT! BE ON YOUR GUARD AGAINST ALL KINDS OF GREED; A MAN’S LIFE DOES NOT CONSIST IN THE ABUNDANCE OF HIS POSSESSIONS.’”

KNOWING MANY IN HIS AUDIENCE FACED THE SAME WORLDLY DISTRACTIONS, JESUS TAKES THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESS HIS POINT FURTHER THROUGH A PARABLE,

READ LUKE 12:16-21 (quickview) 

HAVE YOU EVER BOUGHT APPLES THAT HAVE BEEN IN COLD STORAGE?

THE RICH MAN IN THIS PARABLE REMINDS ME OF ONE OF THOSE APPLES THAT DIDN’T STORE TOO WELL.

ON THIS OUTSIDE HE LOOKED GOOD.

HE WAS A SUCCESSFUL FARMER. MANY FAMILIES WERE SUPPORTED THROUGH THE EMPLOYMENT HE PROVIDED. HE ENJOYED LIFE. HE PROBABLY WAS GOOD AT ENTERTAINING PEOPLE IN HIS HOME.

HOWEVER, THIS SHINY APPLE WAS ROTTEN AT THE CORE.

THE RICH FOOLS 1ST FOLLY:

HE HAD AN “I” PROBLEM.

NOTICE THE WORDS-- I AND MY-- IN VERSES 17, 18.

“HE THOUGHT TO HIMSELF, ‘WHAT SHALL I DO? I HAVE NO PLACE TO STORE MY CROPS. THEN HE SAID, THIS IS WHAT I’LL DO. I WILL TEAR DOWN MY BARNS AND BUILD BIGGER ONES, AND THERE I WILL STORE ALL MY GRAIN AND MY GOODS.”

THE FIRST FOLLY THIS RICH FOOL HAD IS THAT HE FORGOT WHO OWNS EVERYTHING. HE THOUGHT THE HARVEST AND BARNS WERE HIS.

IN HIS WORDS THERE IS NO RECOGNITION OF GOD’S BLESSING IN HIS LIFE.

DEUTERONOMY 8:17 (quickview)  READS,

"YOU MAY SAY TO YOURSELF, `MY POWER AND THE STRENGTH OF MY HAND HAVE PRODUCED THIS WEALTH FOR ME.’..." DOESN’T THAT SOUND CONTEMPORARY? LET’S START THE VERSE AGAIN…AND COMPLETE IT THIS TIME,

"YOU MAY SAY `MY POWER AND THE STRENGTH OF MY HAND HAVE PRODUCED THIS WEALTH FOR ME’ BUT REMEMBER THE LORD YOUR GOD FOR IT IS HE WHO GIVES YOU THE ABILITY TO PRODUCE WEALTH."

GOD HAS BLESSED US SO MUCH. WE LIVE IN ONE OF THE MOST AFFLUENT AREAS OF THE MOST AFFLUENT COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. GOD HAS BLESSED US AND HE SAYS, "I JUST DON’T WANT YOU TO FORGET THAT I’M THE ONE WHO GIVES YOU THE ABILITY. I’M THE ONE WHO GAVE YOU THE CREATIVE ABILITY AND THE DESIRE TO WORK AND THE DESIRE TO PRODUCE AND THE DESIRE TO INVENT AND TO CHANGE AND DEVELOP AND MANAGE. THAT’S WHAT I PUT YOU HERE FOR AND I GET PLEASURE OUT OF WATCHING YOU DO A GOOD JOB OF IT. BUT DON’T FORGET I’M THE OWNER AND YOU’RE RESPONSIBLE TO ME." NEVER FORGET THE LORD YOUR GOD FOR IT IS HE WHO GIVES YOU THE ABILITY TO PRODUCE WEALTH.


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