4/23 – The Rich Fool

Today’s Text: Luke 12:13-21

A man approached Jesus about a financial dispute with a family member. Jesus refuses to be a part of the squabble and uses the opportunity to teach a lesson about covetousness. The parable of the Rich Fool is about a man who was materially rich but did not have a true relationship with God.

Jesus says our life does not consist in the abundance of things we possess. Several of our readings this week will remind us about the relative value of material vs spiritual things –  that it is the spiritual things that really matter most.

Concerning the family dispute brought to Jesus, I suppose someone was right and someone was wrong. Why do you think Jesus refused to get involved?


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4 Responses to 4/23 – The Rich Fool

  1. Andrew Benson

    It is so true that material things aren’t the substance of life. Spiritual and emotional things are what life is. Those rich in spiritual and emotional connections are usually very happy people no matter their standing in physical possessions. It is so easy to be consumed with pursuit of material things. This saying gets used a lot, but you can’t take any of it with you. We need to remind ourselves to invest in the things that do matter…aka a relationship with God and helping others develop their relationships with Him so we may all be together some day.

    I don’t think Jesus involved himself because He was trying to teach them to be more spiritually minded. What good does it do to fight with family over money, or anything for that matter? If Jesus had intervened I doubt it would have solved the situation. One of the brothers would still be upset with the other for either not sharing the other’s money or being forced to share their money when they didn’t feel they should. I have seen greed rip apart many families. I try to remind people to be loving and take the high road, but as I said before it is easy to become consumed with concerns of money.

    I am often asked to settle disputes over property between people. I always have to tell them that I’m sorry, but I can’t get involved. My charge in my career is to handle the criminal matters of life. Civil disputes do not fall within my focus of concern. I think Jesus similarly chose to remain focused on His mission of leading/teaching people concerning their relationship with God.

  2. Connie

    Jesus refused to be judge in this family squabble and used this as an opportunity (vs 20) to tell the consequences of greed and worry. His message to the man was “Seek His kingdom and these things will be added to you”. Eternal life with Him is “much more precious than gold that perishes”

  3. Salena

    It’s a waste of time to deal with the symptom and not the problem. If they both were heaven minded they wouldn’t have to tell the other what to do. Also they would have used the situation to draw closer to each other. I love the way the Lord gets to the root and ignores the foolishness.

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