85 A rich man shows how greed is never satisfied.

Luke 12:13–34

To get his brother to share their father’s inheritance, why did one man seek Jesus’ help (Luke 12:13)?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending

What potential dangers exist in wanting more money (Luke 12:14–15)? Is it better to not want money? Why or why not? Some people appear to be satisfied in their riches, but Jesus said, “Satisfaction in life doesn’t come from having an abundance.” How can we be sure his words are true?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending

When Jesus told the story of the farmer who spent his life gathering wealth, was he speaking hypothetically or describing something that had actually happened (Luke 12:16–21)? Why?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending

In Jesus’ story, how can we know the highly successful farmer was never satisfied (Luke 12:16–21)?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending

How might the farmer have misjudged God’s blessings (Luke 12:16–21)?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending

A “fool” is one who fails to act upon the knowledge he has. When the farmer said, “What shall I do?” what was the right answer? If he knew the right answer, why did he choose a different one (Luke 12:16–21)?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending

How does society define “success”? In the pursuit of that success, millions of businesses and individuals file for bankruptcy each year, which says they didn’t have the right plan and strategy. What is your success plan, and how can you be sure it won’t end in bankruptcy (Luke 12:16–21)?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending

Jesus said we don’t have to worry, because God will supply our needs (Luke 12:22–28). If that’s true, why do so many Christians worry?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending

If God is our provider, why are so many Christians looking for jobs, starving for the bare necessities of life (Luke 12:22–28)?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending

In what ways are our worries constructive or destructive? What can we do differently, which would improve our situation (Luke 12:29–32)?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending

What does it mean to “seek God’s Kingdom first” (Luke 12:31)?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending

If God were to give us “the Kingdom,” what would we have (Luke 12:32)?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending

What motivates people to store treasures on Earth, not in Heaven (Luke 12:33–34)?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending

What do most people treasure, and what should we treasure most (Luke 12:33–34)?

Author’s Thoughts
Author’s Insights Pending

Someone from the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, would you instruct my brother to share our father’s inheritance with me?”

Eyewitness

Luke 12:13 Someone from the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, would you instruct my brother to share our father’s inheritance with me?”
King James

Luke 12:13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.

“Sir,” Jesus said, “who made me your arbitrator?” He said to the crowd, “Look, do not be greedy. Satisfaction in life does not come from having an abundance of possessions.”

Eyewitness

Luke 12:14–15 “Sir,” Jesus said, “who made me your arbitrator?” He said to the crowd, “Look, do not be greedy. Satisfaction in life does not come from having an abundance of possessions.”
King James

Luke 12:14–15 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

He gave this illustration: “A rich man had an unusually productive farm that produced huge harvests. ‘What shall I do?’ he said to himself. ‘I have no place to store all my crops. I know. I will tear down my granaries and build bigger ones in their place. Then I will have enough room for all my goods, and I can tell myself, Now you can relax and enjoy life because you have saved enough to last for many years. Eat, drink, and be merry.’ But God said, ‘You fool! Tonight, you will die, so what good is all the wealth you have accumulated?’ This is what happens to all who store treasure for themselves and are not rich toward God in their giving.”

Eyewitness

Luke 12:16–21 He gave this illustration: “A rich man had an unusually productive farm that produced huge harvests. ‘What shall I do?’ he said to himself. ‘I have no place to store all my crops. I know. I will tear down my granaries and build bigger ones in their place. Then I will have enough room for all my goods, and I can tell myself, Now you can relax and enjoy life because you have saved enough to last for many years. Eat, drink, and be merry.’ But God said, ‘You fool! Tonight, you will die, so what good is all the wealth you have accumulated?’ This is what happens to all who store treasure for themselves and are not rich toward God in their giving.”
King James

Luke 12:16–21 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Jesus said to his followers, “That is why I keep telling you not to worry about your life, whether you have enough food and drink or clothes to wear. Life is more important than food, and the body is more important than clothes. Look at the birds. They do not plant seeds, gather a harvest, or store grain in barns. Yet God feeds them. Aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all of your worrying increase your lifespan by just one minute? If you cannot do that, why fret about the rest? Look how the wildflowers grow in the fields. They do not spin yarn or weave fabric. Yet Solomon in his greatest splendor was never dressed like one of them. If God clothes the wildflowers that are here now and gone tomorrow, don’t you suppose he will care for you? Why do you have such weak faith?

Eyewitness

Luke 12:22–28 Jesus said to his followers, “That is why I keep telling you not to worry about your life, whether you have enough food and drink or clothes to wear. “Life is more important than food, and the body is more important than clothes. Look at the birds. They do not plant seeds, gather a harvest, or store grain in barns. Yet God feeds them. Aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all of your worrying increase your lifespan by just one minute? If you cannot do that, why fret about the rest? Look how the wildflowers grow in the fields. They do not spin yarn or weave fabric. Yet Solomon in his greatest splendor was never dressed like one of them. If God clothes the wildflowers that are here now and gone tomorrow, don’t you suppose he will care for you? Why do you have such weak faith?
King James

Luke 12:22–28 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

“Do not trouble yourselves with questions like ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ Do not worry about such things. People who do not know God seek such things, but your heavenly Father already knows what you need. Seek first his Kingdom, and he will give you everything you need. Little flock, do not be afraid you will not have enough. Your Father is delighted to give you the Kingdom.

Eyewitness

Luke 12:29–32 “Do not trouble yourselves with questions like ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ Do not worry about such things. People who do not know God seek such things, but your heavenly Father already knows what you need. Seek first his Kingdom, and he will give you everything you need. Little flock, do not be afraid you will not have enough. Your Father is delighted to give you the Kingdom.
King James

Luke 12:29–32 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

“If you sell what you have and give to those in need, you will store up treasure for yourselves in Heaven, where it is safe from moths and rust and thieves. For wherever your treasure is, your heart will be there also.”

Eyewitness

Luke 12:33–34 “If you sell what you have and give to those in need, you will store up treasure for yourselves in Heaven, where it is safe from moths and rust and thieves. For wherever your treasure is, your heart will be there also.
King James

Luke 12:33–34 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)