Fighting Over Inheritances and Being Like Christ

One time a guy came up to Jesus and asked Him to make his brother divide the inheritance with him.

Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?” is what Jesus said.

I love that.

I love that when a guy wants help in getting money, God in the Flesh refuses to help.

Jesus had a reason for being on earth. Resolving fights over inheritances was not the reason. He would not be pulled into such things. He had focus.

After dismissing the guy’s request, Jesus then says to the crowd around Him, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Not only does Jesus dismiss the guy, He immediately turns around and makes him a sermon illustration. “Hey people, don’t be covetous like this guy.” I love that.

Jesus then tells a parable about a guy who gets a bumper crop and decides to tear down old barns and build bigger ones. He was going to retire and enjoy life.

But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

So, not only did Jesus refuse the guy’s request and make him a sermon illustration, He then went on to call the guy’s dad, who died and left a bunch of money for his sons to fight over, a fool!

I love Jesus, probably not for the same reasons you do, but alas, I love Jesus. It’s passages like this that make me want to pursue Christ-likeness.


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