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Parable of the Rich Fool
Why is it that when life is going the best and we have the most, that we act the most foolishly? When supplies are ample, or we are celebrating a great victory, or someone praises us—we take such opportunity to show what we’re really made of.
Why do we show our foolishness at such inappropriate times? We’re sinners. Meanwhile, God is perfect. He is wise, and we are foolish! Yes, and when times are good is when we can come down with a good case of “Affluenza!” To be affluent is to have much, but beware, it can be a curse, or at least can lead you down the wrong paths. Don’t get me wrong, I believe God wants to give to us richly, but in the right perspective which is hardly ever present! Our God is so good to us…and so we receive the benefits, but often we forget the “Benefactor.” [the One Who gives all to us.] "Affluenza" is the disease, the love of money is the root cause, and this story of Jesus is the cure! But first…
The Bible speaks of a number of fools.
1. The unbelieving fool. Psa 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.”
2. The ignorant fool. Prov.1:7 “fools despise wisdom”
3. The self righteous fool. Prov. 12:15 “the way of a fool is right in his own eyes”
4. The mocking fool. Prov.14:9 “fools mock at sin”
5. The self sufficient fool. Rom.1:22 “professing themselves to be wise, they became fools”
6. The Christian fool. I Cor. 4:10 “we are fools for Christ sake.”
7. The Rich Fool. Luke 12:16 “thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required.”
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[back to today’s text]
Notice the progression:
MAN’S WEALTH (v.16,17)
…leads to man’s will
MAN’S WILL (V.18,19) “I will”
1. I will pull down my barns.
2. I will build greater barns.
3. I will store my produce.
4. I will say to my soul.
5. I will eat, drink, and be merry.
Man’s wealth leads to man’s woe…
MAN’S WOE (V.20) “ but God said unto him”
1. The woe of being a fool.
2. The woe of sudden death.
3. The woe of losing it all.
4. The woe of divine judgment.
He received the benefits but forgot the benefactor.
Four Reasons Why God Called the Rich Man a Fool:
I . BECAUSE OF HIS ATTITUDE TOWARD GOD.
A. Never thanked God for anything.
B. He left God out of his life all together.
II. BECAUSE OF HIS ATTITUDE TOWARD OTHERS.
A. His interest was in things, and possessions instead of people. Love people, use things, not the opposite.
B. He ignored the second commandment. “love thy neighbor”
The rich fool had the wrong attitude toward God, others, and also…
III. BECAUSE OF HIS ATTITUDE TOWARD LIFE AND MONEY.
A. His thoughts were on retirement and ease.
B. He ignored the fact that one day he would need others.
C. He forgot that God is the owner of all he had.
Let’s take some testimonies of what we’ve learned about money, and how it applies to life and spirituality…
(Deuteronomy 8:18) But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
(Matthew 6:21) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
(Matthew 6:24) No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
(1 Timothy 6:9) But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
(1 Timothy 6:10) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Not only was his attitude wrong toward God and others, and toward money and life, but also…
IV. BECAUSE OF HIS ATTITUDE TOWARD ETERNITY.
A. He lived as if there were no eternity.
B. He lived as though he were going to live forever on earth.
1. We Are Fools When We Do Not Give God The Credit
For Things He Has Done.
Who else does the Bible say is a fool?
1. He Who Trusts In His Own Heart. Prov. 28:26.
2. He Who Is Always Right. [In His Own Eyes.] Prov. 12:15.
3. He Who Despises Wisdom and Instruction. Prov. 1:7.
4. He Who Is Soon Angry. Eccl. 7:9.
5. He Who Slanders Others. Prov. 10:18.
6. He Who Mocks At Sin. Prov. 14:9.
7. He Who Talks A Lot.
Someone once said, "Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."
8. He Who Minds Others’ Business.
9. He Who Says There Is No God. Psa. 14:1
If you aren’t saved, all you must do is believe! Believe the truth of the gospel… [share]
What should believers do?
It has been said, "Never let a fool kiss you and never let a kiss fool you."
Let’s realize what an ample job God has done in blessing us. We are truly rich. And God wants us to be rich in wisdom, so when you come to the mountaintop and things are going great, what a great time it is to lean on God and realize all we have is His…don’t reveal our truly foolish, sinful colors!
1 Corinthians 4:10
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