by Jeff Schreve

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A Fool and His Money (3 of 7)
Series: The Mysteries of the Kingdom: A Study of the Parables of Jesus
Jeff Schreve
Luke 12:13-21

If you have your Bible, please turn to Luke chapter 12.

Adages! Adages are little maxims, little pithy sayings, that tell us how life works. They're little nuggets of truth. They're little proverbs. And we use adages all the time. And we have adages that have just been woven into our life and into our society and into our culture; things from long, long ago. I'm going to lead us in some adages, and I want to test you to see how well you know how the rest of the adage, goes. You ready? Play adages. Here we go!

''It's always darkest - before the dawn.'' That's right. That's good. See, you're one for one. How about this one: ''Better safe - than sorry.'' That's good. Now you're two for two. How about this one: ''Don't bite the hand - that feeds you.'' Very good. ''If at first you don't succeed - try, try again.'' All right. ''A fool and his money - are soon parted.'' Did you know that that little adage, ''A fool and his money are soon parted,'' was written in the 1500s by a British farmer, writer, musician? His name was Thomas Tusser.

''A fool and his money'' that's the subject today as we are in our series on the parables called, ''The Mysteries of the Kingdom,'' because Jesus said that's what a parable was. A parable is an earthly story that we can understand that has a bigger, greater, deeper, heavenly meaning. And in that story we uncover and discover the secrets of the kingdom, the mysteries, as Jesus called them, of the kingdom. And in His telling of parables because that's how Jesus spoke to the people primarily, and especially toward the end of His ministry, He just spoke to the masses in parables completely and totally. He talks a lot in His parables about money and possession and material things and stewardship. You know why He talked so much about money and possessions? It's because the tendency for all of us is fo ...

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