16And He spoke a parable to them, saying,
The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully.
17And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do,
because I have no room in which to store my fruits?
18And he said, I will do this. I will pull down my barns
and build bigger ones, and I will store all my fruits and my goods there.
19And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have many goods
laid up for many years. Take your ease, eat drink and be merry.
20But God said to him, Fool! This night your soul shall
be required of you, then whose shall be those things which you have prepared?
21So is he who lays up treasure for himself and is not
rich toward God.
- It is important to note in this parable first of all, that the Lord bless this
rich man and even made him richer. However, the rich man did not realize where his
blessing had come from. He took this blessing for granted, and began to plan to
hoard up his wealth and use it for his own comfort. He did not realize or perhaps
did not even want to consider that every blessing is from God our Father.
for: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither
shadow of turning, James 1:7.
- We are blessed to be a blessing. God loves to bless His people, but blessings
were not interned to be entirely used for oneself. This was the man's second oversight.
- And last we see in the parable that this earthly life is temporal, we are to hold
on to things that are eternal and not to cling to worldly treasures.
Do not lay up treasures on earth for
yourselves, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and
steal, Matthew 6:19.