Posted by: thaishin | November 15, 2015

Why did the Lord Jesus commend that steward?

Luke 16

And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.  -kjv

“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.  -niv

“The master praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted astutely. For the sons of this age are more astute than the sons of light in dealing with their own people. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of the unrighteous money so that when it fails, they may welcome you into eternal dwellings.  -hcsb

Observation and comments

  1. The gist of the parable of the dishonest manager is this: The dishonest manager is confronted by the rich man of squandering his possessions and the rich man intends to remove him from his position. The dishonest manager don’t wish to beg his master nor think that he can retain his position, so what he did was to forgive some of the debts of the debtors so that he can make more friends and others may welcome him should he be dismissed and the master praised the actions of the dishonest manger.
  2. Is Jesus advocating dishonesty? No. The master praised the dishonest manager because he has acted astutely. What Jesus is saying that basically what he did was unrighteous but he was astute and that’s how he saved his neck by using wealth to make friends. That is how the unrighteous used money. Those who follow the King should use money in the same way, not use money dishonestly but we need to use the money to extend the kingdom of God. Support missionaries, support people going for vocation training, support the work of God and one day when we go to heaven, we will meet people in heaven who will tell us that because of the money you gave to a missionary, that’s how I came to the saving knowledge of Jesus and that’s how I came to heaven to celebrate eternity with you and we will be welcomed by all those people whom we have worked as partners so that they can hear the gospel. Jesus is saying money may be unrighteous but we can use it to advance the kingdom of God.

Learnt this from open line moody radio.

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Responses

  1. Great portion of Holy Scripture. Perhaps we who are not rich do not have quite the same problem with money, etc.

    I totally agree. If we have money it is allowed by God himself. We should each of us save a portion of this money, even a small amount and give to God for his needs and works here on earth. God already owns everything and has enough money if he needs money. He gives to us to slightly test us to see if we give a portion back to him. For all my adult life, without bragging I have given some money back to God. I would be fearful NOT to do this. God does not expect too much from us believers but he does some. I receive real joy by giving for God’s work here on earth. I have found that in ALL my adult life I have ALWAYS had enough money to buy food and pay my bills because God takes care of those who follows his commands and gives the money back to us. I am not rich but I have always had enough money so I have really been blessed by Our Savior!


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