It appears to me rather contradictory that Jesus who was so gentle at time, would call some people fools. Yet, as recorded in the Gospels a number of times, our Lord used that derogatory term to describe those He spoke about, especially the Pharisees (Luke 11:39-40).

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Jesus also used the word fool in a parable after warning a man about coveting (Luke 12:12-21). What made him foolish is not the fact that he built bigger barns to store his abundant crops.

It would have been. It would have been more foolish of him to leave it out in the fields where inclement weather would spoil it. Nor was he foolish because of his thought that this unexpected windfall was enough to last him a long time. After all, we are urged to follow the example of the ant in "storing up" the harvest (Proverbs 6:6-8).

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Does your plan for the future include God in it? You will not want to be called foolish by Him in the end. He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

 

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