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Now that the 'preliminaries' are posted, [July 22, 24, 26, 29, 31, and August 2, 12, 14, 16, 26, 28, 30, we listed the specific 46 Parables, with Scripture References for you to venture to read and study on your own; then we have all had two  weeks, to study the '46 Parables'. Now as the Lord wills, we gather together to continue our lessons, this week, September 9, 11, 13, 2019 2019.
Are you continuing to 'examine yourselves?' [2 Corinthians 13:5; James 1:19; 1 John 1:9] Amen. Amen.
audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html — 7 Rich man foolishly builds bigger barns Luke 12:15-21
'The Rich Fool'
Absolutely not. Recall that Abraham, Jacob, Solomon and Job were not simply rich; they were “very rich.” The rich man in this parable is not criticized or condemned because he was wealthy. Wealth itself does not damn. Conversely, poverty does not save. Wealth is not a vice. Poverty is not a virtue. It may be hard to believe, but many people with no money will go to hell over the riches they so strongly desire. At least that is what Paul writes to Timothy, “But people who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge them into ruin and destruction.” (1 Timothy 6:9). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
So it is not riches but the “trust” in riches that dooms men (Mark 10:23-35).audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
It is this trust, this belief in material substance, that condemned the rich man. Five times he used the personal pronoun “my.” He referred to “my crops, my barns, my grain, my goods, myself.” That is not evil, either, for there is a sense in which things do belong to us; we “own” them (Acts 5:4; Matthew 20:15).
However, in this case it was the absorbing, consuming thought of his life, and that is wrong. Even building the barns was not wrong—he actually acted wisely in building larger barns for his surplus lest it rot or be eaten by scavenger animals.
But, he acted foolishly in allowing his goods to secure, as he thought they did, his soul. [For Verse 12:19, early translations say “And I will say to my soul...” whereas later translations make hits “I will say to myself...”In this case, I think the earlier literal translation is probably better.] The man imagined “many years” of ease and security, many years in which he could take it easy; eat, drink, and be merry. How does the rest of that phrase go? “For tomorrow we die,” but the rich man did not consider death. He stopped with “merry.” He forgot, “for tomorrow we die.” But in this case, even if he had said it, he would have been in error. It was not, “tomorrow,” but “this very night your life (or your soul) will be demanded of you.”
Remember in Ecclesiastes, Solomon spoke of two items in this story. How does Ecclesiastes 5:15 fit in? Later, in Ecclesiastes 8:15, Solomon says, “So I commended pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun.” Is the Bible giving us conflicting advice?
Ecclesiastes 5:15 – “We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us.” [NLT] So neither the devil nor this world can give you one single item that will not be snatched and taken from you the moment you die. We all go into bankruptcy at death. We leave it all. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
In Ecclesiastes, Solomon then wondered whether his riches might not go to a fool who would throw it all away (Ecclesiastes. 2:18-19). Even earlier, David said this same thing in Psalm 39:6 – “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.” And again in Psalm 49:10 – “...even wise men die; the stupid and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others.” But the rich man did not foresee this eventuality. He was oblivious to eternity. David said it in Psalm 49:6-9 and Jesus said it here. Your wealth will not do you one jot of good when you die—the only thing that counts is being “rich toward God.” audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
The big difference between this parable and what Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 8:15 “...eat, drink, and be merry...” is that he is saying it gratefully in thanks that “God has given him wealth and possessions and enables him to enjoy them” (Ecclesiastes 5:19). A few verses later, he adds that one should “be joyful that God favors what you do” (Ecclesiastes 9:7). He is not saying it arrogantly or pridefully as the rich man in the parable is. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Now, another hard question to resolve. Does this parable say you should not plan for retirement or that you should not save money or valuables? In one sentence, what does being “rich toward God” actually mean?
Absolutely not; saving money and planning ahead are good things. The Bible in many places stresses using one's money and gifts wisely. Other parables actually advise us to increase our wealth, to be good caretakers of what God has entrusted to us, to help the poor and those less fortunate (often spoken of as widows and orphans). This is how we show we are “rich toward God.” This is the antidote to covetousness.
It is the man who has his priorities in order who sees to the wealth and prosperity of his soul. Paul says it again to Timothy, “Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” (1 Timothy 6:17, NLT). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Looking ahead in Luke, don’t ever forget who the real beggar turned out to be in the story of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). Isn’t it ironic that the rich man in this parable will also be the impoverished beggar in spiritual rags in the day of judgment? audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Now, let me leave you with some poignant questions to use to 'search and examine yourselves'.
In one sentence, what does being “rich toward God” actually mean?
Does it mean to (a) seek first the kingdom of God, (b) give most of your money to the church and the poor, (c) use your abilities and resources to further God’s kingdom, (d) invest in church lotteries, (e) something else?
Then carefully and honestly pray about the parts of the parable that you can identify? What parts of the parable make you uncomfortable? (Luke 12:16-20) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
And finally, with what we have studied so far, ask yourselves this question:
'Why is it difficult for us to accept the fact that our life and things are temporary? What step can you take this week to become less dependent upon your possessions? Amen. Amen.
Review this series over the next few weeks. The next posts shall not begin to post prior to October 7, 2019. Spend the time 'meditating' in the 'parables', 'chewing into them', examining yourselves with Our Mutual Teacher, the Holy Spirit, growing closer to God. [John 14:26] Amen. Amen.
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