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“And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And he said unto him, man who made me a judge or a divider over you?” – Luke 12: 13, 14.

Though Jesus Christ our Lord told the man pointedly that he did not come to settle family property issues, his later admonition to his disciples on the danger of covetousness should be taken to heart. Certainly covetousness was behind the feud the family was having for which the man came to Christ to help him talk to his brother to share their family inheritance equitably. Many closely-knitted people have been torn apart and become enemies because of struggles over money and property. We should beware of falling into that trap. (See Exodus 20:17) One of the parables of our Saviour Jesus Christ is to the end that people should  “…Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” (Luke 12:15) The parable he gave was that of a certain rich man whose ground brought forth plentifully. Since he did not have room to store his rich harvest, he decided to build bigger granaries, after which he would tell himself “soul thou hast much goods laid up for many years, take thy 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?”

The Saviour then drummed home the lesson, saying “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God”. - – Luke 12:16-21.

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