Notes form Pastors’ Meeting – 1/6/14
Topic: “It All Goes Back in the Box”
Text: Luke 12:13-21
Theme: It is foolish to focus on things that cannot last.
– Oldest son gets 2/3
– Is this an issue of older brother holding out and not giving younger son his share
– Jesus refocuses everything about the meaning of life, what does life consist of
– Arbiter = divider – Jesus is saying I am not a divider
– Notice the emphasis that the ground yields a harvest, not the man
– Chapter 12 does have a lot of discussion where Jesus tells them not to fear and not to worry
– Field that flourishes, so what do you do with it. Solution – tear down and build bigger barns. Then God interrupts and jumps in the parable.
– Some people see it as Israel who will be torn down. Most see it as the empty life of basing life on possessions. The possessions divide the brothers.
– Farmer misses life by his focusing and preoccupation on possessions.
– Some think it is eschatological (end times), you will die, so think about what will happen after life.
– “The parable points to the uncertainty of life, but it is concerned most with God’s verdict on those who trust in wealth.”
– One should fear the One who cares so much that fear is unnecessary.
– How little control the man had over his life despite what the man thinks.
– Real issue is the focus of life. Fool’s focus is preparing life for oneself, whereas life’s focus should be on God.
– What do you do with life’s uncertainties? Do you prepare for and avoid the worse?
– Even calls into question our own view of retirement.
– It all goes into the box for someone to use and play with next time – story after Monopoly game.
– What is a funeral anyway but a move so big that you have to ask your friends to help you. – Seinfeld quote from bit on boxes
– he doesn’t ask God why he got the harvest
– are you focused on you or God’s promises and how it works
– you need to be talking to God about that and dealing with your own heart
– what shall I do, he said to himself. Not asking others.
– the fool looked upon his possession as his own
– where are his friends, his community?
– it is more a focus on the bigger things of the Kingdom
– counted six “I’s” and 5 “my’s” – so internally focused that he can’t see God
– he wasn’t really having a true life, a life in the Kingdom, a life with God
– implication for Jew at the time of the harvest is feast time – so he is not doing anything a Jew would do at the harvest
– the fruit of the earth are to be a gift and to be shared
– corners of the field – leave things for the poor.
– I was convicted about the retirement part.
– Can we wrestle with the idea that we don’t receive things as a blessing from God if we don’t align ourselves with the reality that we are given things to bless others with it
– The word stewardship. Different manifestations of it. Like Lord of the Rings – there is no king, so they put a steward there. Just to watch things. When the king comes he won’t leave, he wants to keep control.
– Wealth misused is a burden. Wealth as a gift from God that is His to appropriate is a gift and not burden.
– What are the ties between this parable and what Joseph did for Pharaoh in Egypt. This man was all about me and I. Joseph got the direction from God.
– What we give says a lot about what we believe about God
– Do we believe God is close and involved, or distant and not caring
– eat your vegetables, never take a risk then slip and fall in the shower. You deserved it.
– Wealth, like most things are not holy or sinful, it is a tool that can be used for good or evil
– John Wesley – make as much as you can, save as much as you can, give away as much as you can