· 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
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.
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.
Posted on Thu, January 22, 2015
by Scott Dixon