Today we take a close look at the parable Jesus taught in Luke 12:13-21, what prompted Him to teach it, and how it relates to us.

In This Episode, We Look At:

Setting: Jesus is speaking to a large crowd (innumerable)

As He had been addressing Lawyers and Pharisees (warning them of their hypocrisy), one in the crowd interrupts Jesus to ask Him to make his brother split their inheritance.

Jesus responds, and said unto him “Man, who made me judge or a divider over you?”

He warns us of covetousness:

That’s the lust for something we do not have or longing for more (God also equates covetousness with idolatry Col. 3:5).

And he said unto them “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” vs 15

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

We are introduced to a “business man” who was successful as evidenced by the word “rich”.

There is nothing inherently wrong with being a successful business person.

The man saw that he had enough wealth to last a lifetime

Luke 12:17-18

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.

He was done and ready for early retirement!

We do not hear him saying, “I can now give to the poor and build temples.”

God calls him out

Luke 12:20

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?

He had grand plans for his life. He was not planning on dying that night!

Jesus warns the crowd (us)


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

Resources and Links:

Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis

Improve Your Faith and Finances:

Which kingdom are you building?

Identify which kingdom you are building; whether it be the temporary one of wood, hay, and stubble or the eternal one.

Resolve to “be toward God” and make an eternal difference!

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