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The Parable of the Rich Fool

This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Luke 12:16-21, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.

Once, while Jesus was teaching, a man came up to Him and said, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

But Jesus replied, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?”

Then Jesus turned to the crowd and said, “Be careful and watch out for all kinds of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

Jesus then told them a story about a rich man who had a lot of food and crops, but did not know what to do with them. He thought to himself, “I know what I’ll do! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones so I can store all of my stuff and relax, eat, drink, and be merry!”

But God said to him, “You foolish man! You will die tonight, and then what will happen to all your things?”

After telling the story, Jesus explained to the crowd that it’s not a good idea to only care about having a lot of things and not caring about God.

Biblical Lessons

  • Life is short and uncertain, so we should focus on things that are eternal and will last forever.
  • Our possessions do not define who we are or our value in God’s eyes.
  • It’s important to be content with what we have and be thankful for the blessings God has given us.
  • We should use our resources to bless others and to further God’s kingdom, rather than hoarding them for ourselves.

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