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The Parables #75

The Rich Fool, No 5. Luke 12:15-21
We have been thinking of how this short little speech made by the rich fool reveals his heart and character.
1. He plans to obtain even more for himself. “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,” verse 18. No distributing to those who have nothing! No, just storing them up for himself. Here is how we should think as Christians! “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth,” Eph 4:28 “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate,” 1 Timothy 6:17-18.
In truth, this is why God prospers the Christian – that they might help others!
2. He believes that his abundance is a guarantee of “many years” of happy life! How foolish. The Eastern barn is a pit built underground with an opening at the top. The man proposed to enlarge his by pulling down the walls or sides and extending them. Little did he think that others would be digging a grave for him very soon!
3. He was looked on as a wise man but God called him a ‘fool’! “But God said unto him, Thou fool,” verse 20.
Now we will consider why God called him a fool.
1. Because he never gave a thought to his death! In all his thoughts there was no room
for a consideration of eternity! It was with him as if RICHES could stay the approach of death!
2. Because with all his industry, he gave no thought to his soul! What good his riches now that his soul is lost forever! Your soul is to be valued MORE than anything else you possess. “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26.
3. Because he gave no thought to the great truth that God can call a person into eternity in a moment! “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee,” verse 20. The word “required” is an interesting word. It means “to demand back’! See: “Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again,” Luke 6:30.
Where did your soul come from? “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it,” Ecclesiastes 12:7. By Whom it is created, Who puts it into the bodies of men, that is where our soul came from and to Whom it will return when we die!

The Parables #73

The Rich Fool, No 2. 

Scripture: Luke 12:15-21

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“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,” verse 15.

There is more to life than the things we possess! This means: ‘Be not anxious about obtaining wealth, for, however much you may obtain, it will not prolong your life. That depends on the will of God, and it requires something besides wealth to make us ready to meet him.’

Here is something we all need to be constantly reminded of! Covetousness is found in boys and girls, mammies and daddies, uncles and aunts, ministers and missionaries – all can be guilty of covetousness!

Here are two very important verses.

“The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them,” Matthew 11:5.

“And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God,” Matthew 19:24.

The poor are more inclined to listen to the gospel, feeling their need as they do. The rich feel that they have no need of God or His Word!

Here are things to remember.

1. “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” 1 Timothy 6:7.
We cannot hold on to in eternity those things we get a hold of here in this life!

2. “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” 1 Timothy 6:8. We are told by the Saviour to pray for our daily bread. “Give us day by day our daily bread,” Luke 11:3. He did not say to pray for riches or possessions. Food and raiment should be enough to satisfy us.

3. “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6. The meaning is, that to have Christ as your Saviour should be regarded as the greatest and most valuable possession and therefore to be content with all that He brings to our life. Contentment is a “calm and satisfied feeling; a freedom from murmuring and complaining.” “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” Philippians 4:13. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,” Romans 8:28.

The Parables #72

The Rich Fool, Pt 1.

Scripture: Luke 12:15-21

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This parable was prompted by the request of one of two brothers. “And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me,” Luke 12:13. One wanted MORE of the inheritance while the other wanted to hold onto MORE of the inheritance than was just!

Covetousness is an improper desire for the property of another. It is also a desire of gain or riches beyond what is necessary for our needs. It is a breach of the 10th Commandment. “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s,” Exodus 20:17.

It is in bad company!! It is expressly called idolatry in Col 3:5.

“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
It is also mentioned in other places. “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints,” Ephesians 5:3.
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,” Hebrews 13:5. Having the Lord we have all things!!

So the Lord is dealing with a very serious sin which is common amongst all men of all ages and nations.

The Parables #71

Invitation to a Royal Wedding, Pt 8.

Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14 & Revelation 19:1-9.

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“And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen,” Matthew 22:11-14.

1. There are those who will dare to seek entrance to heaven while despising the King’s kindness.
“He saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment.” He would have been easy to spot in his old filthy clothes, coming in as he did from the highway. (“And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled,” Luke 14:23.)

2. There was a garment for him provided by the king
which he had rejected.
“Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?” It was the custom at such feast for the host to provide rich robes for the guests, usually white. He would have been all the more easily spotted amongst the white robes of the other guests. Notice the King speaks the language of kindness!

3. Sinners who reject the gospel will be speechless!
They have previously spoken only to the King’s servants and that is a bold,defiant and brasen fashion. But now they face the King. Oh how different that will be!! Mark 1:24, 4:39 – How silent and speechless they will be!

4. A most dreadful fate awaits the rejectors of the King’s garment.
“Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth,” Matthew 22:13.
This is the fate of those who refuse the mercy of God set forth in the gospel.
Bound. Hell is a place of bondage.
Taken away. Hell is a place far away from heaven. There is a great gulf between the two!
Cast. How unwilling is the sinner to go to hell. They willingly ran down the road to hell but when they realise where it is they are going they would stop if they could BUT cannot!
Outer darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth. Nothing can be seen but plenty will be heard!! No light to comfort at all (little children often like a little light lit at night). No sound but the groans of your own misery!
How sad this is and it all could have been avoided!