The Rich Fool - Luke 12:13-21

What causes disputes and what's the best means for settling them?  In Jesus' time, it was customary for people to take their disputes to the rabbis for settlement.  How would you react if Jesus refused to settle your dispute, but gave you a parable instead?  What is the point of Jesus' story about a wealthy landowner and why does he call him a fool?  Jesus does not fault him for his honesty, but for his lack of consideration for others and selfishness.  Like the rich man and Lazarus, he had lost the capacity to be concerned for others.  His life was consumed with his possessions and his only interests were in himself.  His death was the final loss of his soul!  In the parable of the rich fool, Jesus gives a lesson on material possessions.  His lesson contains a warning to beware of all greediness.  To long for is to wish to get wrongfully what another possesses or to envy what God gave him.  Jesus re-states the Commandment "do not covet", but he also states that a person's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.  In this little parable, Jesus probes the heart, "where is your treasure?"  Treasure has a special connection to the heart, the place of desire and longing, the place of will and focus.  The thing we most set our heart on is our highest treasure.  What do you treasure most?  Let the Lord free us from all greediness and from attachment to possessions that we may wholly desire him as our treasure and portion, that he may help us make good use of the material blessings he has given us, that we may use them generously for His glory and for the good of others.

Posted on July 31, 2016 .