The Parable of the Rich Fool

Long Story Short — Parables of Jesus

Speaker: Ty Neal
Date: May 14, 2017

We all love good stories - especially when they are short and punchy. Jesus was the master storyteller. Many times throughout the Gospels, he told short stories, called parables, that left challenging and life-changing impacts on the listener's life. Join us as we walk through some of Jesus' parables. Long Story Short. January 29th - April 9th at Grace Point Church

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TITLE - The Parable of the Rich Fool 


Luke 12:13-13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 


QUOTE- “Possessions are only the traveling luggage of time; they are not the stuff of eternity. It would be sensible therefore to travel light.” John Stott 


Luke 12:14 - 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 


Luke 12:15 - 15And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 


QUOE-“Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth, and whatever you feed it is never enough.” Janwillem van de Wetering 


Ecclesiastes 5:10 - 10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. 


Luke 12:16-19- 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 


Luke 12:17-18 -17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 


Luke 12:19 - 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 


Psalm 92:12-15 - 12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 
13 They are planted in the house of the Lord; 
they flourish in the courts of our God. 
14 They still bear fruit in old age; 
they are ever full of sap and green, 
15 to declare that the Lord is upright; 
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. 


Luke 12:20 - 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 


Psalm 14:1 - 1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; 
there is none who does good. 


QUOTE“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” Brennan Manning 


Luke 12:21 - 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” 


QUOTE- “It is foolishness and a public madness to fill the cupboards with clothing and allow men who are created in God’s image and our likeness to stand naked. We who are disciples of Christ claim that our purpose on earth is to lay up treasures in heaven. But our actions often belie our words. Many Christians build for themselves fine houses, lay out splendid gardens, construct bathhouses, and buy fields. It is small wonder, then, that many pagans refuse to believe what we say . ‘If their eyes are set on mansions in heaven,’ they ask, ‘why are they building mansions on earth? If they put their words into practice, they would give their riches and live in simple huts.’ So these pagans conclude that we do not sincerely believe in the religion we profess; and as a result they refuse to take this religion seriously. You may say that the words of Christ on these matters are too hard for you to follow; and that while your spirit is willing, your flesh is weak. My answer is that the judgment of pagans about you is more accurate than your judgment of yourself. When the pagans accuse us of hypocrisy, many of us should plead guilty.” John Chrysostom 


1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 


QUOTE - “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” ? Abraham Kuyper 


Luke 12:17-19- -17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 


Mark 1:15- 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” 


Matthew 6:9-10 - 9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 
10 Your kingdom come,your will be done, 
on earth as it is in heaven. 


QUOTE“Nothing matters but the kingdom, but because of the kingdom everything matters.” Gordon Spykman 


Ask my pardon 
And get up quickly. 
You see, it’s not falling that is the worst, 
But staying on the ground.
 


QUOTE - “Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship…is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.” David Foster Wallace 


Luke 12:15 - 15And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 


Psalm 37:3-4 - 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; 
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. 
4 Delight yourself in the Lord, 
and he will give you the desires of your heart. 


Will this benefit Jesus, the church, and the community? 


Jeremiah 29:11 - 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 


Jeremiah 29:4-7 - 4”Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. 6Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 7But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. 


QUOTE - “Nothing matters but the kingdom, but because of the kingdom everything matters.” Gordon Spykman 


Luke 12:20-21 - 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” 

 

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