Luke 16

SCRIPTURE

Luke 16:1-31

OBSERVATIONS

· Jesus tells a parable to the disciples about a rich man and his manager who was accused of wasting the rich man's possessions.
· The rich man tells his manager that he will no longer work for him.
· The manager is in a quandary over what to do since he is not strong enough to work hard labor and to ashamed to beg.
· The manager prepares a way so he can be welcomed in people's homes.
· The manager calls the rich man's debtors and reduces the amount owed.
· The rich man commends the manager for his shrewd business dealings.
· Jesus correlates trust with the resources God has given us. 10“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much,and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much."
· Jesus states that no one can serve two masters; We cannot serve God and money.
· The Pharisees sneered at Jesus because of their love for money.
· Jesus puts the Pharisees on blast by declaring God knows their hearts.
· Jesus establishes the law will not go away but instead Jesus is the law and all promises will be realized through him.
· Jesus tells a second parable of a rich man and a beggar named Lazarus.
· Lazarus stayed at the rich man's gate with great hunger and sores but was ignored.
· The rich man and Lazarus died.
· Lazarus went to be by Abraham's side and the rich man went to Hades where is was in constant torment.
· The rich man pleads for relief from Abraham but is refused.
· The rich man then begs for Abraham to send Lazarus to his brothers and warn them about his torment.
· Abraham responds with the brothers have what they need for salvation if they follow Moses and the prophets.
· The rich pleads that a resurrected man would convince them but Abraham states if they will not listen to Moses and the prophets then they certainly will not be convinced by the resurrection of Lazarus

APPLICATION

The theme of Luke 16 is to become great stewards of the resources God has blessed us with. The issue is simply not what we have but where our hearts reside. If our hearts do not live daily in our Father's heavenly kingdom then neither will our resources. Instead we will privately cherish and consume our possessions, turning the focus onto one's own enjoyment. I have been blessed to live a life with great means as well as a life of humble poverty and with both circumstances I found the secrete is giving it all to God.

PRAYER:

Father I pray that I will recognize the Lazarus' of the world and meet their physical needs but most importantly their spiritual needs. Only with your grace, may I be a light of salvation for the lost and weary and a beacon for the saved. Help me to be a great steward for all your blessing and continue to give you all the glory.

16 comments (Add your own)

1. Rob Schulze wrote:
Amen... Thanks Scott for highlighting the physical "and spiritual needs" of the Lazarus' of the world. SOAP is showing me day after day our Lord's heart for the poor and how riches and possessions can harden our hearts when they are not freely shared. As soon as they become "mine" I'm toast.

"Father, align my head-heart-hands to be a faithful steward of all that you have entrusted to me."

Thu, January 22, 2015 @ 7:22 AM

2. Jim Asselin wrote:
V9 - ....use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves so that when it is gone......
It's not a matter of IF it will be gone, it WILL be gone and of absolutely no use in eternity.
Lord, help me to listen to you, move my heart to invest everything you have given me with your eternal perspective. Deliver me from being reactive and knee-jerk in my response to you, but prayerful, and thoughtful, with a vision that transcends this place and transforms others. Amen.

Thu, January 22, 2015 @ 7:51 AM

3. Joel King wrote:
The Holy Spirit stirred a challenge that is rocking my world "I need to see each person in need as a potential witness at my heavenly trial."

Thu, January 22, 2015 @ 12:48 PM

4. Michelle Wilson wrote:
January seems to be the time we look at our resources, make budgets and decide what is to be spent towards God's Kingdom. Today's scripture has challenged me to ask if I am squandering God's resources or am I using them shrewdly? Am I being a good steward of it all? I pray I will have Kingdom Values in all that I do..

Before I read the chapter I was thinking of a time when I was emotional distraught and one of my Mom's dogs spent time with me licking some wounds. It was very healing both emotionally and physically. Quite amazing to me that today's reading spoke about the rich man's dogs licking Lazarus' wounds so it got me thinking in ways I haven't before. The rich man had more compassion for the dogs (they got scraps under the table) than he had for Lazarus, but the dogs had more compassion for Lazarus than the rich man had for him. Do I have more compassion for people than I do for my animals? Can animals teach us to be more compassionate? Just some thoughts..

Lord, please help us to be aware of all You are saying and doing in our lives in such a way that we can take it in and respond to you. Thank you for loving us and for Your very rich and abundant compassion for us.

Thu, January 22, 2015 @ 11:02 PM

5. Rob Schulze wrote:
wow... that's a profound observation/application Joel which will stick with me...

Fri, January 23, 2015 @ 6:48 AM

6. Bob Relyea wrote:
what a great example of SOAP on a difficult passage. I'm sitting there thinking "what's up with the manager here. He's shewed, but dishonest". Instead of trying to figure that out, just observe everything going on in the passage and the teaching Jesus was trying to make (and Luke was amplifying) becomes clear.

Fri, January 23, 2015 @ 2:37 PM

7. Jan Ramirez wrote:
verse 15 (and other places in Scripture): "God knows your heart" - what places in my heart are like the Pharisees?? Yes, there are places of goodness and compassion, but also bitterness, judgement... Father, make me aware of my sin and cleanse my heart, so it would be filled with more of you and less of me.

Regarding the rich man and Lazarus...this is the only(?) parable where Jesus gave a name to a character. I believe it's to show us that Lazarus was not some random beggar who would show up at the man's gate occasionally, but he was there every day. The rich man may have even had to step over Lazarus as he was leaving his home. He knew his name; he could see his plight; but he chose to 'ignore' what he saw.
How many people do I know personally, who are in a 'plight', and I either choose to 'ignore' the situation, or don't do ALL I can (versus minimally) to help??
Father, give your eyes to see others' needs (physically & spiritually) and HOW you want to use me to help.
Amen

Sat, January 24, 2015 @ 10:20 AM

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