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Beware of anxiety that lays up treasure – Luke 12:13-21

It is ironic that just after Jesus has spoken about the judgment of God, someone in the crowd asks Jesus to act as judge in a property dispute. Jesus is a judge but the ‘someone’ has misunderstood the character of Jesus’ judging. This results in Jesus telling a parable – a wisdom story.

The land of a man produced plentifully. Note the man did not create this wealth – it was the land that produced it and he is simply the beneficiary. Rather than sharing his abundance with the poor, his intent is to tear down his barns and build bigger ones, save the grain for more desperate times and then sell the grain to the poor for exorbitant prices. Verse 19 is the key where literally it says: I will say to my soul (my life), “Soul (Life), you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry” God’s response is: “Fool! This night your soul (your life) is required of you”.

Beware of anxiety that lays up treasure while failing to consider the judgment of God … so is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.