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					THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FARMER
Covetousness is sin
    Ephesians 5:3
    Colossians 3:5
    Luke 12: 15

“So is he that layeth up treasure for
himself, and is not rich toward God!”

The greatest possession over which we
have stewardship is our SOUL!
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 THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FARMER

The parable actually deals with
    WHAT MAKES US TRULY HAPPY

We are placed in the position of
 “judge” as we determine the
 elements of blessing with ourselves:
     ARE WE TRULY HAPPY?
WHAT GENERATES THAT HAPPINESS?

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     THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FARMER
   God grants us material blessings
    – We are permitted to call these “our own”
    – Matthew 19:22
    – Acts 2:45
   The farmer is NOT condemned for the
    ownership. He is in fact BLESSED!
    – He failed in recognizing GOD’S part in
      these blessings.
    – Silently, God provides the blessings of life
      to all mankind.
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    THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FARMER
   The farmer’s selfish thinking
    – “Oh what shall I do?”
    – “I have more than sufficient now
      and I still want more!”
    – What was the TRUE ORIGIN of his
      blessings?
    – Everything of THIS world spirals
      downward into ruin.
    – ONLY SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS ENDURE
      FOREVER!
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    THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FARMER
   His selfish answer to his selfish
    concern
     – “Pull down my barns and build
       bigger ones.”
     – His answer is one of destruction,
       while he believed it increase!
     – Ecclesiastes 5:10
     – The bigger his abundance, the
       bigger his pride.
     – Proverbs 16:18                      5
    THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FARMER
   His continued answer
    – “Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for
      many years; take thine ease, eat, drink,
      and be merry.”
    – Soul = personal contentment; soul = me
    – His security was insecure!
        His answer did not consider cost,
         time, weather or even failure of crops.
        His statement is as if he already
         achieved his conclusion, when in fact,
         it had not begun!
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    THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FARMER

   God’s answer!
    – “Thou fool!”
    – Psalms 14:1
    – The farmer had determined himself
      as “god,” provider, and sustainer!
    – The farmer had determined the
      materials of earth-life as the only
      necessities to TRUE HAPPINESS.
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    THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FARMER
   God’s answer
    – Is it too late for the farmer to repent?
    – God is NOT willing that any should
      perish, but that ALL should come to
      repentance. However …
        GOD, not man, has control of time
         (Heb. 9:27)
        GOD knows man’s soul best. (Eccl.
         12:7)
        GOD continues to give man every
         conceivable evidence of His care and
         desire for the salvation of our souls!
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THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FARMER

   God’s answer
    – GOD does not grant us SPIRITUAL
      BLESSINGS against our will!
    – If we show no desire for God in
      this life, how would we prove a
      desire for Him in the next?
    – 2 Thessalonians 1: 7 - 9


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    THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FARMER

 God’s eternal blessings are greater
  than anything man, WITHOUT GOD
  will ever acquire!
 God expects man to care for the soul
  GOD gave him – WITH OBEDIENCE!
 God’s requirements for the soul are
  expected for an unexpected time!


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    THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FARMER

   The destination of worldly goods
    matters not.
    – Man cannot control the destiny of
      any earthly goods; not even with a
      will. (Ex. Notice how men ignore
      the Lord’s “Last Will and
      Testament.”)


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    THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FARMER

   When man ignores Christ’s will …
    – He loses more than Christ’s promises
    – He must still reckon with matters MAN
      cannot control
   Therefore, man MUST recognize from
    Whom TRUE BLESSINGS
    (HAPPINESS) COME


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    THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FARMER

   “So is he that layeth up treasure for
    himself, and is not rich toward God.”
    – EVERYONE is subject to this rule!
    – The TRUEST of values, blessings,
      happiness …

               GOD IN US…
               US IN GOD!!!
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