Jim Janknegt’s rich fool

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The parable of the Rich Fool


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 The Rich Fool by Jim Janknegt
A man in a crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to give me my share of what our father left us when he died.”
Jesus answered, “Who gave me the right to settle arguments between you and your brother?”
Then he said to the crowd, “Don’t be greedy! Owning a lot of things won’t make your life safe.”
So Jesus told them this story:
A rich man’s farm produced a big crop, 17and he said to himself, “What can I do? I don’t have a place large enough to store everything.”
Later, he said, “Now I know what I’ll do. I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones, where I can store all my grain and other goods. Then I’ll say to myself, `You have stored up enough good things to last for years to come. Live it up! Eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.’ “
But God said to him, “You fool! Tonight you will die. Then who will get what you have stored up?”
“This is what happens to people who store up everything for themselves, but are poor in the sight of God.”
Luke 12

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Rejesus is developing a tradition of commissioning artists to produce work about Jesus. We started with photographer Lizzie Everard and then poet Jude Simpson. Now comes painter Jim Janknegt.

We’ve had our eye on Jim’s wonderful icons from gospel stories for some time and we were delighted when he agreed to our brief to paint his interpretation of The Rich Fool.

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