The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 61

"And he spake a parable unto them, saying: 'The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry. 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 is he that layeth up treasures for himself, and is not rich towards God' " (Luke 12: 16-21, KJV, emphasis mine).

In this parable Jesus was teaching that life is more than the stuff we accumulate. He went on to teach: “For all these things do the nations of the world seek after; and your heavenly Father knoweth that you have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God: and all these things shall be added unto you” (vv. 30,31).

It often takes the simplicity of a child to reveal simple truths to us. Haddon Robinson (a contributor to the daily devotional Our Daily Bread) once told the story of a third-grader who was asked to write an essay on the subject of the human body. This is what the youngster wrote:

“Your head is kind of round and hard, and your brains are in it and your hair is on it. Your face is in front of your head where you eat and make faces…..Your stummick is something that if you don’t eat often enough it hurts, and spinach don’t help none….Your arms you got to have to throw a ball with and so you can reach the butter.

“Your fingers stick out of your hands so you can throw a curve and add up rithmatick. Your legs is what if you don’t have two of, you can’t run fast. Your feet are what you run on, and your toes are what always get stubbed. And that’s all there is of you, except what’s inside, and I never saw that.”

The little boy knew there were things inside he could not see. But in his innocence, he thought it didn’t really matter. The truth is though, that when we are unable to see ‘what’s inside’ we really are in trouble!

The great theologian Paul expressed the importance of taking note of the things that we cannot see. “The things which see are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18). He was talking of spiritual things.

What treasures are you storing up? Spiritual or carnal?

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