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March 18, 2018

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Reading along with us in Luke? Here’s today’s reading:

Luke 16 (ESV)

He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness.....Continue Reading

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  1. A bit of a confusing parable here. The point appears to be to not value money too highly, and yet on the other hand know the place that it does have. Jesus following up the parable with teaching on not being able to serve God and money helps us to see the point. He also criticizes the Pharisees for their love of money and shows it is detestable in God’s sight. Yet the manager is complimented for getting at least part of his master’s money back and there’s recognition that money does play a part in this world so we don’t need to forsake it completely. We need to recognize the temptation to make it too important and focus our efforts and attention on it and let it corrupt our hearts and our relationships here on this earth.

    The Rich man and Lazarus is next. Another story that discredits wealth as only having value in this world and if it blinds us to the kingdom of God, we are in real trouble. Some believe this is an actual account and describes the current state of hades at this time before Jesus’ death and resurrection. Hades is divided between a place of paradise and a place of punishment, and each side has an awareness of the other. This is the place Jesus went between Good Friday and resurrection Sunday to lead captivity captive, taking the Old Testament saints with Him to heaven because He had then purchased their final salvation with His blood.

  2. “He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

    Today this could be said, “even though someone rose from the dead, neither will they be convinced when the same returns in judgment.”

  3. I am still in Luke! I just read a sermon about this and now it makes sense to me! I was asking myself, why would the master be happy with the manager? He just took a bath on much of his earnings because of the manager. The preacher made the point that Jesus is being SARCASTIC! Now this verse makes sense to me: “So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light. “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home.” Jesus is saying, make friends with these people who make money unrighteously so that when you fail they will give you everlasting life….which of course, they cannot do.

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