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 = His great wisdom and understanding
What happened when the Jewish leaders tried to use His reputation for wisdom against Him?
Luke 20:20, 26, 39-40 = They were unable to trap Him and they gave up
Why were they unable to trap Him in a bad answer to a difficult question?
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 = Jesus had God's wisdom which far exceeded that of man
Besides the Jewish leaders who tried to trap Him, did anyone else come to hear Jesus' wisdom?
Luke 15:1 = His wisdom was one of the main reasons people came to see Jesus
The Judge (Luke 12:13-14)
What request of Jesus' wisdom prompted the story in today's lesson?
Luke 12:13 = Someone asked Jesus to help clear up his inheritance
How did Jesus wisely respond to this request? = He should go to the courts with trouble
Luke 12:14 = He rebuked the man for asking Him to take sides in a clear legal issue
The term man was a severe form of address. Where else do we see this word used?
Luke 22:58-60 = Peter used it twice to adamantly deny he was associated with Jesus
The Inheritance (Numbers 27:8-11)
Why was the man wrong in looking for Jesus' wisdom in this question?
Numbers 27:8-11 = Dividing an inheritance was defined very clearly and plainly
Should there ever be a question about how an inheritance should be given?
Deuteronomy 21:15-17 = No, it was clear even in potentially confusing situations
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?
Leviticus 20:24 = Just accept it, God gave it to them
Didn't the Israelites have to fight the Canaanites to get their inheritance? = See Judges, etc
Deuteronomy 4:37-38 = No, God drove them out and gave the inheritance
What condition did God have in His covenant for the Israelites to keep their inheritance?
Deuteronomy 6:13-15 = Fear and serve Him only - or you will lose your inheritance
Our Inheritance (Hebrews 9:15)
What inheritance do we have as part of God's new covenant through Jesus?
Hebrews 9:15 = The promised eternal inheritance
Where will we receive our eternal inheritance?
1 Peter 1:3-4 = It is kept fresh in heaven for us
Do we need to be as good as we can to receive this inheritance?
Galatians 3:17-18 = Inheritance doesn't depend on the law, it is God's promised gift
How do we know that we will receive this inheritance?
Ephesians 1:13-14 = We have been marked with the Spirit to guarantee our inheritance
What great Old Testament prophet understood the importance of the inheritance of the Spirit?
2 Kings 2:9 = Elisha asked Elijah for double portion of his spirit (first-born inheritance)
Greed (Luke 12:15)
Why was Jesus so bothered by this man's request?
Luke 12:15 = He saw strong signs of covetousness and greed
With all of the other sins displayed around Him, why would Jesus be so upset at seeing greed?
Colossians 3:5 = Greed is idolatry - greed makes a god out of possessions
How important is it to God that His people avoid greed, or covetousness?
Exodus 20:17 = 20% of God's central commands for mankind deal specifically with greed
Why is the idolatry of greed such a horrible sin to be avoided?
Ephesians 5:5 = Greedy people will not receive heaven's inheritance
Greed - An Unforgivable Sin? (Luke 18:24-27)
How could simple greed keep someone from going to heaven?
Luke 16:13 = Can't serve both God and mammon (Heb for riches)
Is there any way for a greedy person to be saved? = Repentance - A change of mind and soul
Acts 3:19 = He can repent and turn from greed to God
How easy is it for someone to turn from greed?
Luke 18:24-25 = Very hard, easier for a camel to go through eye of a needle
Does this mean it is impossible to be rich and go to heaven?
Luke 18:26-27 = It is not impossible with God - serve God or mammon?
The Rich Fool (Luke 12:16-21)
What story did Jesus then tell to make sure the people understood His point?
Luke 12:16-20 = The Parable of the Rich Fool
How does this story fit with Jesus' message on greed? (Reread with emphasis on I and my)
Luke 12:16-19 = Twelve I's & my's in only 3 verses
How does God show this rich farmer that his wealth is a foolish god?
Luke 12:20 = He takes his life before he can enjoy his god of wealth
Is Jesus here saying that it is wrong to be wealthy and to prepare for the future?
Luke 12:21 = No, it is foolish to be rich in anything but poor in God
Stored Treasures (Matthew 6:19-21)
How does this rich farmer fit a description David gave of an evil man?
Psalm 52:7 = He trusted in his wealth instead of God
Do only rich or cut-throat people need to hear this lesson?
Matthew 10:37-38 = No, there are many things besides wealth that one could covet
What treasures should the rich farmer have stored?
Matthew 6:19-20 = Treasures in heaven that would be secure
Why would treasures in heaven be so secure?
Matthew 6:21 = Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also
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 = We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it
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 = Just our earthly needs - food and clothing
What did Jesus say after the parable that tells how much we should worry about these needs?
Luke 12:22-31 = God knows we need these things so He will take care of us
Besides giving us these things, what more valuable thing has God given us?
Luke 12:32 = The kingdom of heaven
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 = They fall into a trap that leads to ruin and destruction
Will going to church every week keep up out of this trap?
Matthew 13:22 = The deceitfulness of wealth can choke the seed of the gospel
Is this because money is so evil?
1 Timothy 6:10 = Money isn't evil, the love of money (greed) is the root of all evil
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 = No, just don't put your hope in wealth - put it in God
What should we remember about our wealth? = Reread also last part of 1 Tim 6:17
Acts 17:24-25 = God gave us everything we have
Why might God bless us with material blessings and wealth?
Genesis 12:2 = We are blessed to be a blessing
How does Paul describe this to Timothy?
1 Timothy 6:18 = Be rich in good deeds, be generous & share with others
What does this do to the treasures we are storing up?
1 Timothy 6:19 = It results in us storing treasures in heaven rather than on earth
Rich or Poor (Proverbs 30:7-9)
Did Jesus agree that giving from what God gives us can store treasures in heaven
Luke 12:33 = Yes
Does this mean that we can get to heaven by giving money to others?
Luke 12:34 = No, it can be a visible result of trusting God instead of money
In conclusion, should we ask to be rich to bless others or to be poor to keep from temptation?
Proverbs 30:7-9 = Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread
What was the one material request Jesus included in His example of how to pray?
Matthew 6:11 = Give us today our daily bread - take care of our needs (not desires)
For Further Study (Luke 12:22-30)
What six reasons does Jesus give why we should not worry about material things?
Luke 12:22-23 = A person is more than a physical body; Food & clothes are not top needs
Luke 12:24 = God loves and cares for you more than you know
Luke 12:25-26 = Worrying doesn't accomplish anything
Luke 12:27 = The best that we can do on our own doesn't come close to what God can do
Luke 12:28 = If God takes great care of the valueless, He'll care more for you than you do
Luke 12:29-30 = God knows what you need and will provide it
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