Bible Stories for Adults
The Parable of the Foolish Rich Man
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Bible Words to Remember:
Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. ... Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:15, 32
The Wisdom of God (Luke 15:1)
Besides His powers, what attracted people to Jesus that was evident from His childhood?
Luke 2:47, 52
What happened when the Jewish leaders tried to use His reputation for wisdom against Him?
Luke 20:20, 26, 39-40
Why were they unable to trap Him in a bad answer to a difficult question?
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Besides the Jewish leaders who tried to trap Him, did anyone else come to hear Jesus' wisdom?
The Judge (Luke 12:13-14)
What request of Jesus' wisdom prompted the story in today's lesson?
How did Jesus wisely respond to this request?
The term man was a severe form of address. Where else do we see this word used?
The Inheritance (Numbers 27:8-11)
Why was the man wrong in looking for Jesus' wisdom in this question?
Should there ever be a question about how an inheritance should be given?
Note: First-born received a double share of the inheritance
Using Israel and the land as an example, what did people have to do to get their inheritance?
Didn't the Israelites have to fight the Canaanites to get their inheritance?
What condition did God have in His covenant for the Israelites to keep their inheritance?
Our Inheritance (Hebrews 9:15)
What inheritance do we have as part of God's new covenant through Jesus?
Where will we receive our eternal inheritance?
1 Peter 1:3-4
Do we need to be as good as we can to receive this inheritance?
How do we know that we will receive this inheritance?
What great Old Testament prophet understood the importance of the inheritance of the Spirit?
2 Kings 2:9
Greed (Luke 12:15)
Why was Jesus so bothered by this man's request?
With all of the other sins displayed around Him, why would Jesus be so upset at seeing greed?
How important is it to God that His people avoid greed, or covetousness?
Why is the idolatry of greed such a horrible sin to be avoided?
Greed - An Unforgivable Sin? (Luke 18:24-27)
How could simple greed keep someone from going to heaven?
Is there any way for a greedy person to be saved?
How easy is it for someone to turn from greed?
Does this mean it is impossible to be rich and go to heaven?
The Rich Fool (Luke 12:16-21)
What story did Jesus then tell to make sure the people understood His point?
How does this story fit with Jesus' message on greed? (Reread with emphasis on I and my)
How does God show this rich farmer that his wealth is a foolish god?
Is Jesus here saying that it is wrong to be wealthy and to prepare for the future?
Stored Treasures (Matthew 6:19-21)
How does this rich farmer fit a description David gave of an evil man?
Do only rich or cut-throat people need to hear this lesson?
What treasures should the rich farmer have stored?
Why would treasures in heaven be so secure?
Getting Rich (1 Timothy 6:7-8; Luke 12:22-32)
What should we remember when we are tempted to store treasures on earth?
1 Timothy 6:7
How much earthly treasures should it take to make us content?
There are no pockets in a shroud. You don't see a U-Haul behind a hearse.
1 Timothy 6:8
What did Jesus say after the parable that tells how much we should worry about these needs?
Besides giving us these things, what more valuable thing has God given us?
Getting Rich (1 Timothy 6:9-10)
What about all of the people who aren't content with food and clothing and want to get rich?
1 Timothy 6:9
Will going to church every week keep up out of this trap?
Is this because money is so evil?
1 Timothy 6:10
Being Rich (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
What if we have more than basic needs? Do we need to get rid of our material wealth?
1 Timothy 6:17
What should we remember about our wealth?
Why might God bless us with material blessings and wealth?
How does Paul describe this to Timothy?
1 Timothy 6:18
What does this do to the treasures we are storing up?
1 Timothy 6:19
Rich or Poor (Proverbs 30:7-9)
Did Jesus agree that giving from what God gives us can store treasures in heaven
Does this mean that we can get to heaven by giving money to others?
In conclusion, should we ask to be rich to bless others or to be poor to keep from temptation?
What was the one material request Jesus included in His example of how to pray?
For Further Study (Luke 12:22-30)
What six reasons does Jesus give why we should not worry about material things?
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