Episode #60. Today we’ll read Luke chapter 16 together. I am your host Joy Miller. Please join me each day as we read the Bible together.
Joy: You’re listening to the Lifting Her Voice podcast, Episode #60. Today we’ll read the 16th chapter of Luke together: Jesus challenges us to be shrewd in using what we’ve been given; Jesus doesn’t back down from the Pharisees; and we hear the story of the rich man and a different Lazarus.
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Luke 16: 1 He also said to the disciples: “There was a rich man who received an accusation that his manager was squandering his possessions. 2 So he called the manager in and asked, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you can no longer be [my] manager.’ 3 “Then the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig; I’m ashamed to beg. 4 I know what I’ll do so that when I’m removed from management, people will welcome me into their homes.’ 5 “So he summoned each one of his master’s debtors. ‘How much do you owe my master?’ he asked the first one. 6 ” ‘A hundred measures of oil,’ he said. ” ‘Take your invoice,’ he told him, ‘sit down quickly, and write 50.’ 7 “Next he asked another, ‘How much do you owe?’ ” ‘A hundred measures of wheat,’ he said. ” ‘Take your invoice,’ he told him, ‘and write 80.’ 8 “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. 9 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. 10 Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much. 11 So if you have not been faithful with the unrighteous money, who will trust you with what is genuine? 12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what is your own? 13 No household slave can be the slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t be slaves to both God and money.” 14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and scoffing at Him. 15 And He told them: “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly admired by people is revolting in God’s sight. 16 “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is strongly urged to enter it. 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter in the law to drop out. 18 “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and everyone who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery. 19 “There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, feasting lavishly every day. 20 But a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, was left at his gate. 21 He longed to be filled with what fell from the rich man’s table, but instead the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side. 24 ‘Father Abraham!’ he called out, ‘Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame!’ 25 ” ‘Son,’ Abraham said, ‘remember that during your life you received your good things, just as Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here, while you are in agony. 26 Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us and you, so that those who want to pass over from here to you cannot; neither can those from there cross over to us.’ 27 ” ‘Father,’ he said, ‘then I beg you to send him to my father’s house- 28 because I have five brothers-to warn them, so they won’t also come to this place of torment.’ 29 “But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ 30 ” ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said. ‘But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ 31 “But he told him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’ “
Okay, I don’t think Jesus wants us to be dishonest money managers. But He does suggest in this parable that perhaps we should be a little more shrewd in using the resources we’ve been given to expand the Kingdom of God so that when we get to heaven, we’ll actually have friends greeting us. The book of James tells us that all good things come from above; however I think we’d be a little naive and shortsighted to think that God will not want us to give an account for what He’d given us to use. Let’s pray. Father, wisdom – and Your Word – tells us that day will come. Help us to be prudent investors in Your Kingdom. I pray, Lord, that we will not be found spending all of your generous provision on ourselves. Instead, I pray, that we will have friends in heaven to greet us because we were obedient to Your suggestion that we be good and shrewd stewards of the money and possessions you allowed us to manage. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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