The Parable about a Foolish Rich Man

English Language Study for Russian Orthodox Learners

The Parable about a Foolish Rich Man

When preaching to the multitude, Jesus often spoke in parables so the people would understand His teachings better.  In the parable about a foolish rich man, Jesus explains that the life of a person is not measured by his riches or possessions.   

The man owned large fields that produced good harvests, but there was not enough space to store all his crops.  And he said, “I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”  (Luke 12:18-19)

But God spoke to the rich man and told him, “Fool!  This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” (12:20)

This parable teaches us to seek the Heavenly Kingdom, and not to worry about collecting the treasures of this world.  Jesus reminds us that our caring Heavenly Father provides us with all we need. “And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink … for all the nations in the world seek these things; and your Father knows that you need them.  Instead, seek His Kingdom, and these things shall be yours as well.” (12:29-31)

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