Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost

A Rich Man Behaves Like a Fool

Luke 12: 13 - 21

How often have we seen the bumper sticker that says, "He who dies with the most toys wins?"

Jesus told us 2000 years ago that toys don't count in the last days - all that is important is our relationship with God.

Unlike Northern European judges, who determine right and wrong, Middle Eastern judges focus on fairness and sharing. The brothers approached Jesus as a judge who would determine whether their property was shared fairly between them.

What does this parable tell us about the kingdom of God?

1. What did Jesus say was the wrong focus for life?

[Jesus said, "Be on your guard against all kinds of greed."]

2. Where did the rich man center his life?

[The rich man centered his life around his possessions.]

3. What value did the rich man's life have?

[The rich man's life had no value for him or for God.]

4. Why did God call the rich man a fool?

[God called the rich man a fool because he did not center his life around a right relationship with God.]

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