The Rich Fool
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What Has Gone Before:
JESUS went with his disciples through the land of Perea, on the east of the Jordan, the only part of the Israelite country that he had not already visited. The people had heard of Jesus from the seventy disciples whom he had sent through the land, and in every place great multitudes of people came to see him and to hear him...
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|AT ONE TIME a man called out of the crowd, and said to Jesus, "Master, speak to my brother, and tell him to give me my share of what our father left us!" |
Jesus said, "Man, who made me a judge over you, to settle your disputes? Let both of you, and all of you, take care and keep from being covetous, seeking what is not yours." Then Jesus gave to the people the parable or story of "The Rich Fool."
Jesus said, "There was a rich farmer whose fields brought great harvests, until the rich man said to himself 'What shall I do? for I have no place where I can store up the fruits of my fields. This is what I will do. I will pull down my barns, and will build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have goods laid up enough to last for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry.'"
"But God said to the rich man, 'Thou foolish one; this night you shall die, and your soul shall be taken away from you. And the things which you have laid up; whose shall they be? Such is the man who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
"Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
"And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knows that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that fail not, where no thief approaches, neither moth corrupts. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."