The Parable of the Rich Fool, Luke 12:13-21

Jesus in answer to a question replied with a parable.
May be the questioner was using the Law of Moses as found in Deuteronomy 21:15-17.

The Parable of the Rich Fool.
The 18th parable in Luke illustrating that life does not consist of earthly possessions.

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The Parable of the Rich Fool

12:13 Then someone in the crowd told him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”

14 But Jesus asked him, “Mister, who appointed me to be a judge or arbitrator over you people?” 15 Then he told them, “Be careful to guard yourselves against every kind of greed, because a person’s life doesn’t consist of the amount of possessions he has.”

16 Then he told them a parable. He said, “The land of a certain rich man produced good crops. 17 So he began to think to himself, ‘What should I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and I’ll store all my grain and goods in them. 19 Then I’ll say to myself, “You’ve stored up plenty of good things for many years. Take it easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.”’ 20 But God told him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you. Now who will get the things you’ve accumulated?’ 21 That’s how it is with the person who stores up treasures for himself rather than with God.”
Luke 12:13-21


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