A CERTAIN RICH MAN
Scripture Reading: Luke 12:1-21
1 In the meantime, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.
11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:
12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
Before we get to the parable commonly called the "The Rich Fool," let us examine the situation that led up to it. From verses 1-12 above, Jesus was teaching powerfully on the spoken Word and unfolding eternal truths when one interjected a carnal desire concerning an inheritance in the midst of His teaching. Jesus remained focused on an Expected End by interjecting a powerful parable wherein a mine of truth awaits the sincere heart.
One cannot mix that which is carnal and that which is spiritual and expect a life of power. When Jesus taught, "Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops," He was demonstrating how darkness intercepts light resulting in ignorance of Divine things yet all would be revealed in His Power. He emphasized the ministry of the Holy Ghost Who would teach them what to say instead of them taking thought and depending on their own carnal reasoning. He also warned that one should not blaspheme the Holy Ghost as it was unforgiveable. Knowledge would be impossible because all things are made known by the Holy Ghost. To blaspheme Him would actually be spiritual suicide.
This same Gospel records Jesus as saying that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of God (Luke 4:4). While the Eternal Word, Christ Jesus was speaking, one’s mind was on his own lust and disrupted the flow for all. Jesus took command of the situation and used the intrusion to interject a powerful lesson. The reader is cautioned to take heed to Hebrews 12:25 and refuse not Him that speaketh. This lesson is to help one focus on that which is eternal versus that which is carnal, resulting in a wonderful life of power.