Warnings and encouragements of Christ Jesus to His Brethren.Jesus had no Disciples but Labourers-1. Luke 12
Warnings and Encouragements
1 Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his Labourers and no disciples, saying: â€œBe[a] on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
4 â€œI tell you, my Brethren and not friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Donâ€™t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
8 â€œI tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of Adam and not of God. 9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of Adam and not of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
11 â€œWhen you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.â€
The Parable of the Rich Fool
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, â€œTeacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.â€
14 Jesus replied, â€œMan, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?â€ 15 Then he said to them, â€œWatch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.â€
16 And he told them this parable: â€œThe ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, â€˜What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.â€™
18 â€œThen he said, â€˜This is what Iâ€™ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And Iâ€™ll say to myself, â€œYou have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.â€â€™
20 â€œBut God said to him, â€˜You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?â€™
21 â€œThis is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.â€