The Rich Fool, A Parable (16-7-31)

The Parable of the rich fool illustrates a point of basic Christian Teaching and it is therefore fundamental to our faith!

Luke 12: 13 to 21:

[13] And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. [14] And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? [15] 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.

[16] And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: [17] And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? [18] 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. [19] And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. [20] But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? [21] So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

The Parable of the Rich Fool

reminds us to be generous. This is because we don’t know the hour of our death. Give and it shall be given unto you (Luke 6: 38), be rich toward God.

However, this requires faith in today’s world which the bull – god whose image stands outside the Wall Str. Stock Exchange seems to rule mercilessly.

The Rich Fool 

But how can our children survive without a start in today’s world of competition? Doesn’t the bull – god reward the rich fool? So what should a Christian society look like?

Tit. 2: 4, ‘That they (aged women) may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.’ King James has translated this verse in a manner useful in a society in which the King had closed the Catholic Monasteries. The chapter ‘The Letters’ in Greetings from Paradise explains that an accurate translation of this verse is, ‘That they (aged women) make wise the young men – loving (or lovers) to be child – loving.’ In other words Paul calls the young women men – lovers! That’s what they do. It is most noteworthy that there is no criticism for that! So this verse reprimands them not to neglect their children!

So it appears that in early Christian Society women looked after the children together! How else could someone become a martyr? Is it good to make your wife and children suffer? No, the Christian society took care of their children. The man’s act caused them no adverse consequence at all!

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding!