And he spoke a parable to them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:…
I. HIS CIRCUMSTANCES. Rich, prosperous. A state of imminent danger. It is difficult to be prosperous and rich —
1. Without loving riches. The love of money, &c. Whoso loveth the world, etc.
2. Without thinking ourselves the better and greater for these. How they puff up the mind. How men glory in their professions.
3. Without trusting in them, and not in God. There is danger when full, of denying Him.
II. His CHARACTER. God gives it, therefore must be correct. "Thou fool." Now, his folly is seen in the following particulars:
1. In being anxious amidst profusion.
2. Because he expected his soul to be happy with temporal things. He tried to make an earthworm of his soul. He wished to grovel in the dust.
3. Because he presumptuously calculated on years to come.
III. His END.
1. Sudden and unexpected.
3. Dreadfully momentous.
1. Do not idolize, and trust in riches.
2. Be anxious for your soul's welfare.
3. Come to Jesus. He will make you wise to eternal life.
4. Do not presume. Do not calculate upon the future.
(J. Burns, D. D.)
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