Parables of Jesus

Rich fool

Luke 12:16-21
  16. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
  17. And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow m
        fruits?                
  18. And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my
        goods.
  19. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be
        merry.
  20. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be,
        which thou hast provided?
  21. So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
  22. And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither
        for the body, what ye shall put on.
  23. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
  24. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth
        them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
  25. And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
  26. If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
  27. Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory
        was not arrayed like one of these.
  28. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more
        will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
  29. And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
  30. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these
        things.
  31. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Verse 16 - And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

  [A] Jesus is about to tell another parable

  [B] The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
          [1] As is the case with all parables, there is no name for the rich man – he is simply referred to as a rich man
          [2] The man apparently planted a crop and that crop was a bumper crop – it brought forth plentifully
          [3] Question
                  [a]  If one plants a crop and it yields a bountifully crop, what would be the proper thing to do with the
                          excess?
                  [b] If one has more than they need in their garden, what would be the proper thing to do with it?

Verse 17 - And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow myfruits?

  [A] The rich man had a bumper crop,
          [1] He had more than he had room to store it in
          [2] He had more than he was able to use himself

  [B] He was presented with a dilemma
          [1] What am I too do?
          [2] Where can I store my crops?
                  [a] There never is a consideration to share what God gave him
                  [b] There in no consideration of considering his neighbor or friends
                  [c] He is content with what he has and does not desire to part with any of it.
  
  [C] I don’t want to come down to hard on the rich, but
          [1] Isn’t this the way many of them are?
          [2] Does not many of the rich only concern themselves with getting richer?
          [3] Does not many of the rich only think of themselves?
          [4] For that matter, does not many of the poor feel the same way?

Verse 18 - And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and
  my goods.
  
  [A] Finally he reached a conclusion
          [1] I will tear down my barns
          [2] I will build bigger barns
          [3] There will I bestow all my fruits and goods

Verse 19 - And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and
  be merry.

  [A] He than determined in his heart that he would have it made
          [1] With all he had raised, he could live comfortably for many years,
          [2] If he worked it right, he would never have to work again
          [3] He had finally made it

  [B] From this moment on he would be able to take it easy,
          [1] He could sit around
          [2] He could eat and drink
          [3] He could party
          [4] Yes, he had finally made it and was now on easy street
          [5] All the credit for what he had accomplished was his
          [6] He owed no one a thing for what he had done,
          [7] He certainly wasn’t about to share any of it, this was his retirement – nest egg

Verse 20 - But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things
  be, which thou hast provided?

  [A] Yes, the rich man was on easy street at least in his own mind
          [1] He had nothing to worry about
          [2] He had worked hard all his life and finally he had made it
         [3] He had more than enough to keep him for many years
          [4] There was nothing to keep him from relaxing and having a grand old time
          [5] He would be the envy of everyone, because he had made it

  [B] But God said unto him
          [1] God had a different idea for the man
          [2] What God had in mind and what the man had in mind was two different things
                  [a] Isn’t this the case most of the time?
                  [b] Doesn’t man get ahead of God in their thinking and often get in to trouble because of it?
          
  [C] God said to the man – Thou Fool
          [1] What do these words mean – Thou Fool?
                  [a] In the bible, a fool is one who denies God
                  [b] A fool is one who says in their heart there is no God
                
          Psalms 14:1
                          1.  The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable
                                works, there is none that doeth good.
          [2] What God is saying to the man is this
                  [a] Your money and the things you have are your God
                  [b] You never had time for me
                  [c] The only things you loved was yourself and what you could gain.
                  [d] You are indeed a fool
  
  [D] This night your soul shall be required of thee
          [1] After all the rich man had accomplished, he was about to die
          [2] Instead of preparing his life and getting ready to meet God, he was busy getting rich
  
  [E] Whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided        
          [1] What good was all your hard work?
          [2] How is all the money you made going to benefit you now?
          [3] What you thought to retire on and refused to share with anyone, will now go to those who didn’t work for it.

Verse 21- So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

  [A] What does it mean to lay up treasurers for yourself?
          [1] Hording up everything you can find
          [2] Making a God out of material things
          [3] This is the characteristic of the covetous man. It is all for himself. His plans terminate there. He lives only for
                  himself, and acts only with regard to his own interest.
  
  [B] How does one become rich towards God?
          [1] They begin by becoming a Child of God         
                  [a] A Child of God has a inheritance in the kingdom of God
          [2] A Child of God has riches laid up in heaven
                  [a] The things of  this world mean little to a Child of God
                  [b] As Paul said we are in the world but we are not part of the world
                  [c] It is a realization that real life is not here, and not in worldly possessions, but instead is found only in
                          heaven
          [3] A Child of God diligently works for God, by spreading the word and making converts
          [4] The good works that follow one becoming a Child of God, lays up treasures in heaven
                  [a] Sharing love, joy, peace, gentleness, longsuffering and showing love to others, are among the ways of
                          laying up treasurers in heaven

Conclusion

  [A] Wicked men often have their heart and mind on one thing, getting richer, and satisfying their own Self
          [1] The are single minded in their purpose - their ground brings forth plentifully
          [2] God gives them the desires of their heart - but their soul is often lost in the process
                  [a] I would think that one of the greatest test a rich man can have is how he is going to use the money he
                          makes
                  [b] One of the things that many forget, is that everything comes from God
                  [c] What do you have, or what have you earned that did not come about as a result of God?
                          [1-a] Nothing
           
  [B] Riches bring with them a load of cares and anxieties
          [1] It often seems that the poor are happier than those who have much
          [2] What little the poor has is not worth stealing, so they don’t have to worry about losing what they have.
          [3] The rich on the other hand, are often filled with worry and despair, as they try to keep everything they have
                  and keep someone from robbing them
          [4] I have never understood why someone who has so much, strives so hard to get more and are willing to
                  trample over anyone they have to, to get it
          [5] The poor will give you the shirt off their back, the rich become selfish want more

  [C] Often the rich are so busy with their toys, and making more money, they have not time for God
          [1] Money will not buy your way into heaven

  [D] The rich are often covetous making them anxious
          [1] They worry not about what good they can do with their wealth
          [2] They worry where they can hoard it up, and keep it secure from doing any good.

  [E] Riches cannot keep a person out of the grave – for all will eventually die.
          [1] Death comes suddenly, unexpectedly, and awfully.
          [2] It comes in the midst of the biggest anticipations
          [3] It comes in a moment
          [4] It comes in the twinkling of an eye
          [5] All the wealth one has been accumulated cannot prolong life for one moment when God says it is time.

  [F] A man who trusts his riches is a fool in the sight of God.
          [1] Eventually he will be a fool in his own sight,
          [2] He will go to hell knowing that his life has been one of foolishness.

  [G] That the path of wisdom is to seek first the kingdom of God first,
          [1] IF one seeks the kingdom of God first,
                  [a] They will be ready to die
                  [b] It will matters very little what we have here on this earth
                  [c] It will not matter how suddenly we are called away to meet the Lord
          [2] If our affections are not fixed on our earthly riches
                  [a] We will leave them behind without regret.
          [3] If our treasures are laid up in heaven instead of here on earth
                  [a] Death will be nothing more to us than our going home to be with Jesus
                  [b] Instead of dreading the moment of our death, we can be happy for that moment we are called home to
                          rest from our struggles – that is when true retirement will come.

Jesus went on to say in Luke 12: 22-31

Luke 12: 22-31
  22. And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither
        for the body, what ye shall put on.
  23. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
  24. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth
        them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
  25. And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
  26. If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
  27. Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory
        was not arrayed like one of these.
  28. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more
        will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
  29. And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
  30. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these
        things.
  31. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

  [A] The bottom line is this,
          [1] If we trust in riches while here on earth those riches are all we are going to have
          [2] If we trust in God here on earth and an lay our treasures up in heaven
                  [a] We will have eternal life
                  [b] We will have a mansion in heaven
                  [c] We will have no more sickness
                  [d] We will have no more sorrow
                  [e] We will have no more problems of woes
                  [f] God will wipe away all our tears
                  [g] But the greatest treasure of all – we will be with Jesus

  [B] Riches are not evil, but the love of them is
          [1] Jesus said we could not love God and mammon
                  [a] You have to love one or the other
                  [b] You can’t have them both