The Rich Fool – Luke 12:13-21 CG Curriculum


The Book of Luke
Written By: Luke, a Gentile physician and missionary companion of Paul
Primary Audience: Addressed to Theophilus, but intended for all believers
Date: Between AD 60 and 80
Theme: Luke presents Jesus as the Messiah and Lord whose life, death and resurrection make salvation available to all people everywhere.

Context of Luke Chapter 12
Luke 12:13-21

  • Perhaps because of Jesus’ constant insistence on justice (11:42), a person from the crowd asked him to arbitrate a dispute. Instead of addressing the injustice, Jesus exposed the greedy motives of the man and revealed God’s perspective on the foolishness of greed. The simple parable Jesus told describes a person who is solely concerned with himself – his welfare, pleasure, and security. He possessed no gratitude towards God or a willingness to share with those less fortunate. His ingratitude invoked God’s anger and led to the man’s downfall.
  • Barton, Bruce B., Grant R. Osborne, David Veerman, and Linda Chaffee Taylor. Luke: Life Application Bible Commentary. Seoul: Scripture Union, 2003. Print.


    Luke 12:13-21

  • What is going on in the passage?
  • What are the circumstances that Luke is addressing in these passages?
  • Does the writer mention anything that might indicate his purpose or intent?
  • Through Luke’s writing, how does Jesus want the people in the passage to respond?
  • When it comes to these passages what does Luke want us to understand when looking at these passages?


    After reading these verses apply then to you and the group

  • What does God want us to take away from these passages?
  • How will we live differently and be different today because of what we have studied in these passages?
  • What in our lives need to change in light of the Truth of God’s Word?


  • Pray through the passage and your application, asking God to change your heart and to change your life. Based on the time you’ve spent together in God’s Word.

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