Bigger Barns:
Parable of the Rich Fool

The Parable of the Rich Fool is a lesson of how arrogance, pride, greed, self-centeredness, and selfishness separates us from true happiness, true richness, and treasures which are in
God’s Kingdom here on earth and stored up for us in heaven.

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Everything I have achieved;
God has given me.

Isaiah 26:12

Apart from God I can do nothing.

John 15:5b

Bigger Barns

The Parable of the Rich Fool

Luke 12:13-21

13Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."

14Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?" 15Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."

16And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17He thought to himself, 'What shall I do?
I have no place to store my crops.'

18"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I'll say to myself, "I have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." '

20"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'

21"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."

Ground Rules

Some “ground” rules:
"The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop.

The Jews believed, as so should we, that the earth and everything in it belongs to God. We are just stewards of the land. The ground belonged to God. The ground produced a good crop. This “good crop” was a gift, blessings from God.

The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;

Psalm 24:1

Bigger Barns: The “Rich Fool” had the “I” “My”disease – greedy self-centered selfishness. He lived in a delusional world of “I” and “My.” The rich man was completely self-absorbed, self-centered, and selfish, only thinking of himself! He was arrogant, he believed that he had done the entire harvest by himself. He was prideful. He had no thought of giving thanks to God for the blessings of a good harvest.

He was only thinking of himself, (I’ll) Take life easy; (I’ll) eat,
drink and (I’ll) be merry.’ He completely forgot about the workers in the field that brought in the harvest, the workers that did the backbreaking work!

When he died he couldn’t take it with him. Where was his treasure? He had built no treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy. He had not build any treasures for eternity!

Treasures in Heaven

19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy,
and where thieves break in and steal.

20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where moth and rust do not destroy,
and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Matthew 6:19-20

Treasures that are here today and gone tomorrow:
· One day that new car that you want so badly will become old.
· Some day a teenager will be embarrassed to drive that car!
· Some day that car will be in a junkyard surrounded by weeds.
· Some day that car will be sold for scrap and will be recycled!

“You cannot serve both God and Money.”
Matthew 6:24

The Parable of the Rich Fool/Bigger Barns is about a person who had everything! Everything, but was NOT thankful or grateful. Habakkuk’s Prayer is about a man who had LOST everything. Look at the startling difference!

Habakkuk's Prayer excerpt:

17 Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,

18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights.
For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.
Habakkuk 3:17-19
Habakkuk's Prayer

In everything give thanks.
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Be joyful always,
pray continuously,
give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 adapted

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