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The Rich Fool

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Show me the money

The eyes are the windows of the soul. They discern our emotional and mental state to others.
Mom’s always know it seems whether they see us or hear our voice. Voices give our feeling away.
Just as others know how we are feeling God has the ability to read our heart and know our heart.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 ESV
but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.
1 Thes
God who searches our heart
Romans 8:27 ESV
And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Jeremiah 17:10 ESV
“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
Jesus has the ability to know what is in our hearts. He knew what was in the hearts of the Pharisees and scribes.
When Jesus met Nathanael he knew what he was thinking and that he would be one of his disciples. Jesus knew the heart of all He encountered.
ew what he was thin
John 16:30 ESV
Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.”
Luke 5:21 ESV
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
John 16:30
Jesus is fully aware of our cries, our burdens, our needs, and our sin. He knows what we need in all areas. Jesus helps us in all areas whether in our strengths or our weaknesses.
In Luke’s gospel he focuses in many times on the danger of riches. The Bible never says it is bad to be rich. It never says we shouldn’t be rich. It is concerned with our hearts. the Apostle Paul warns Timothy saying the “Money is the root of all evil”. His point was it was the problem of owning money it was the problem of money owning us.
Luke 16:13 ESV
No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Luke 16
The story of the Rich Fool begins with someone in the crowd rudely interrupting Jesus.
He and his brother had inherited money and wanted his brother to divide the inheritance with him
Luke 12:13–14 ESV
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?”
Luke 12:13-14
Jesus is not ignoring the man He is just setting boundaries. Rabbi or teachers often settled disputes and civil matters but Jesus would not get involved in this dispute. He didn’t come to address earthly arbitration and we are not told what the argument was about. What Jesus is pointing to the greed that is in the man’s heart. The man is not interested in justice he is interested in what is in it for him.
Jesus tells the parable about a man who had a very productive year. So much so that he didn’t know how he was going to store his crops so he decides to tear down the old bard so he could build a bigger barn.
He thought he would then be able to take it easy but then God said to him that in this night he would lose his life.
Luke 12:20 ESV
But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’
The issue here is not that the man had abundant riches quite the opposite. He was blessed and the fact that he had received a bumper crop was a blessing,
What was the issue that Jesus was confronting is that man did not care about others and those who are less fortunate he cared only about his self-indulgences. With blessing there is always responsibilities and not to be arrogant, or selfish and live irresponsibly.
The key to this passage is about expressing gratitude to God and being generous to those who are around us.
The man was more concerned about his
Testimony about Helen Baynes.
When we give generously God will resupply us generously. It is out of faith that we give not a give and expect to get in return. It is about not being greedy in what we have.
Hoarding what He has given.Instead it is about storing up our treasures in heaven and not temporally.
It is out of faith that we give not a give and expect to get in return. It is about not being greedy in what we have. Hoarding what He has given.Instead it is about storing up our treasures in heaven and not temporally.
Funny thing is you never see a line of armored cars in a funeral procession cause you can’t take it with you.
Story of a widow and the checkbook. Greedy husband, passed away. Wrote out a check for the whole balance in the checking account before they sealed the coffin and and said “Good luck trying to cash that check!”
In the rich farmer parable we are not told who received the the inheritance. In the story of the two brother we do not find out how that story ends, who got the money or if it was divided.
This parable and story are about our hearts and where they are in relationship to God. It is not about the material things it is about the spiritual things.
The choice we have is between living for the things on earth or the things eternal.
There is nothing wrong with being wealthy and successful. With it are we blessing others or are we being self-indulgent. The this on earth will pass away.
Luke 12:34 ESV
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
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