The Parable of the Honest Dishonest Manager (Luke 16:1-13)
The parable of the “dishonest manager” or “unjust steward” is a parable that has caused Bible teachers endless frustration. Not only is the meaning rather confusing on a surface reading of the text, but there are also no end to the different interpretations of the passage. A number of years ago, while preaching through a series of parables, I found myself confronted with having to tackle this text. What I found, upon surveying about 15 different commentaries on the subject was that amongst those 15 commentators, there were 15 different interpretations of just how this parable was to be understood. Especially once we get to the end of the parable where this dishonest manager is being commended for his “shrewdness.” I hope and pray that as we spend some time reflecting on this passage, some light will be shed on this very disputed parable from our Lord.