And he spoke a parable to them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:…
I. Let us look at him simply in the light of this world, and try to ESTIMATE HIS CHARACTER ACCORDING TO THOSE PRINCIPLES BY WHICH WE ORDINARILY GAUGE THE WISDOM AND WORTH OF OUR FELLOW-MEN.
1. It is evident that he was an industrious man.
2. It is pretty clear, too, that this was a careful, frugal man. He not only made money, but knew how to save what he made.
3. Then this man was a thoughtful, judicious man.
4. This man was a rich man.
5. It may be taken for granted that this man was highly respected in the neighbourhood in which he lived.
6. It is pretty evident that this man was influential, as well as respected.
II. Let us shift our point of observation, and LOOK AT THIS MAN IN THE LIGHT OF ETERNITY.
1. His folly appears in his total misapprehension of the true end of life.
2. His folly is seen in his total misapprehension of the nature and the necessities of the soul.
3. His folly is seen in the mistaken notion which he has respecting the right use of wealth.
4. His folly is seen in the proposals which he makes to himself in respect to time, without any reference whatever to Him to whom alone time belongs.
(W. S. Blackstoek.)
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