Cannot Serve Two Lords (Luke 16:13)

“No household servant is able to serve two lords: for either he will hate the one and love the other or he will cling to the one and look with contempt on the other.  You are not able to serve God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13)   There is an interesting transition in the language that… Read More

The Letter or the Intent of the Law (Luke 16:12)

“And if in what belongs to another, you have not been faithful, who will give you something of your own?” (Luke 16:12)   As we have been discussing, the Pharisees, for all of their zeal toward protecting the letter of the law, had missed the point of why the law was given and what the… Read More

Faithful in Unrighteous Mammon (Luke 16:10-11)

“The one who is faithful in small things will also be faithful in many things, yet the one who is unrighteous in small things will also be unrighteous in many things.  If then, you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will believe you in that which is true?” (Luke 16:10-11)   Some… Read More

Friends out of the Mammon of Unrighteousness (Luke 16:9)

“And I say to you, make for yourselves intimate friends out of the mammon of unrighteousness, in order that when it may fail, they may receive you into eternal tabernacles.” (Luke 16:9)   We should perhaps begin by asking ourselves the question as to what Jesus means by speaking of “eternal tabernacles” or “eternal dwellings.” … Read More

The Sons of This Age and the Sons of Light (Luke 16:8)

“So, the lord expressed his approval for the steward of unrighteousness, for he had done prudently.  Because the sons of this age are more prudent than the sons of light are in their own generation.” (Luke 16:8)               Now comes what we do not expect—the master commends his steward.  What we expect is that… Read More

Take Your Note and Authorize Payment Soon! (Luke 16:6-7)

“And he said, ‘One hundred jugs of olive-oil.’  So he said to him, ‘Take your note and authorize payment soon—you write fifty.’  Then he said to another, ‘And how greatly are you indebted?’  And he said, ‘One hundred measures of grain.’  He then says to him, ‘Take your note and write eighty.’” (Luke 16:6-7)  … Read More

How Much are You Indebted? (Luke 16:5)

“And calling in his lord’s debtors one at a time, he said to the first, ‘how much are you indebted to my lord?’” (Luke 16:5)               So now we see this steward coming up with a solution—he is going to bring in the debtors and deal with them—likely, as we have already suggested, dealing… Read More

Being Welcomed into Their Houses (Luke 16:4)

“‘I knew what I should have done, in order that when I am removed from responsibility of stewardship, they might welcome me into their houses.’” (Luke 16:4)               As we move through this man’s thought, something very unusual stands out before us, particularly in the Greek.  In the first clause, both of the verbs,… Read More

What Can I do? (Luke 16:3)

“Now the steward said to himself, ‘What can I do since my lord is cutting off the responsibility to manage from me?  To dig, I am not strong enough.  To beg, I am ashamed.’” (Luke 16:3)               The steward realizes that his dilemma is severe.  Note that as of yet, the role of management… Read More

No Longer My Steward… (Luke 16:2)

“And he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I have heard concerning you?  Return your declaration of stewardship, for you are no longer able to be my steward.’” (Luke 16:2)               This is one reason why we are not to take parables and make them into allegories.  Here you have… Read More