And what kind of fool was he?
Luke 12:13 - 21
ESV - 13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me. 14 But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?
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I would say that the farmer's overriding mistake was to concentrate solely on the amassing of material wealth for his own ease and comfort in this temporal life, with (1) no regard or thanksgiving for the role that God had played in providing his prosperity; (2) not using or giving any of his assets (that he would in any event have to leave behind upon his death, which might occur at any time) in service to God or others; and (3) no consideration of his eternal state after his earthly life was over. (All these considerations played a part in God Himself calling the farmer a fool.) The parable is intended to caution listeners to avoid those same attitudes or actions, rather than being like the man who asked Jesus to arbitrate between him and his brother over matters that were purely temporal and material, while not recognizing the spiritual and eternal truths and needs that Jesus alone could impart or satisfy.
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