Bible Studies for Life Lesson for November 14- Life in Light of Eternity
November 2 2010 by Catherine Painter, Raleigh, speaker, author

Focal Passages: Luke 12:13-21; Philippians 1:21-26  

Jesus’ parable concerns a rich man whose greed for temporal belongings robbed him of eternal possessions.

Without assigning a name, God calls the rich man a fool — strong language for someone who has all the answers to his dilemma — an overabundant crop.

Many farmers would welcome his problem. God calls the rich man a fool for three reasons. First, he mistakes his body for his soul.

“Soul,” he says, “you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry” (Lk. 12:19, KJV).

Jesus knows that the man’s soul has nothing laid up. There’s no gratitude laid up for the grain that grew in God’s earth, drank God’s rain, and ripened under God’s sun. He overlooks God’s forests that grew the timber from which the barns were built. Not even his soul is his own. It came from God and will return to God at a time of God’s choosing.

We read of no concern laid up for the needs of others. Instead, he groans, “What should I do, since I don’t have anywhere to store my crops?” (v. 17, HCSB).

We shake our heads in disbelief. Surely there’s room in mouths of the hungry and in homes of the destitute. But the word, “my,” keeps occurring — “my crops, my barns, my grain, my goods, my soul.”

Secondly, he mistakes time for eternity. With goods laid up for many years, he can take life easy. This philosophy invades our thinking as well when we’re encouraged to “Buy now; pay no interest for a year.”

Thirdly, he mistakes man for God, using the phrase “I will” repeatedly as if he, not God, will have the final word (vs. 17-19).

When George W. Truett pastored First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, a wealthy rancher invited him for dinner.

On the front porch, he said, “George, look east. I own all the land you see in that direction. Now look north, south and west. I own everything in that direction, too.”

Dr. Truett was unimpressed. He pointed upward and asked, “How much do you own in that direction?”

Jesus’ parable ends with God’s saying, “‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared — whose will they be?’

“That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
11/2/2010 3:44:00 AM by Catherine Painter, Raleigh, speaker, author | with 1 comments

phyllis schlemmer
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phyllis schlemmer
may god bless you
11/4/2010 6:49:56 PM