Scripture: Luke 16:1-31; Luke 17:1-10

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Tells The Parable Of The Shrewd Manager

Luke 16:1-18  (KJV) And Jesus said also unto His disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.  And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.  I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.  So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?  And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.  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.  10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.  11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?  13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.  14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided Him.  15 And He said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. 16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.  17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.  18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

Questions:

1.Of what did the rich man accuse his servant (Luke 16:1)?

Answers:

1.The rich man accuse his servant of wasting (mismanaging) his possessions.

Jesus Tells About The Rich Man And The Beggar

Luke16:19-31 (KJV) 19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.  22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.  25 But Abraham said, son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.  26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.  27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.  29 Abraham saith unto him, they have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.  30 And he said, nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.  31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

Questions:

1. Where was Lazarus carried when he died (Luke 16:22)?

2. What did the rich man do and see (Luke 16:23)?

3. What did the rich man say (Luke 16:24)?

4. What did Abraham say (Luke 16:25-26)?

5. What did the rich man ask Abraham to do (Luke 16:27-28)?

6. What was Abraham’s answer (Luke 16:29)?

7. Though the rich man thought they would listen, what did Abraham say (Luke 16:31)?

Answers:

1. Lazarus was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom.

2. The rich man lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

3. The rich man asked Father Abraham to have mercy on him and to send Lazarus with water to cool his tongue for he was in torment in the flames.

4. Abraham reminded the rich man that in their lifetime, he (the rich man) had received good things while Lazarus had received evil things.  Now Lazarus was being comforted and he (the rich man) was being tormented. And besides there was a great gulf between them, so they couldn’t come to each other.  

5. The rich man asked Abraham to send Lazarus to his father’s house.  For he had five brethren that needed to be warned of the place of torment.

6. Abraham said they (the rich man’s family) had Moses and the prophets, to listen to them.

7. Abraham said if they didn’t hear Moses and the prophets, neither would they be persuaded though one rose from the dead to speak to them.

Jesus Tells About Forgiveness And Faith

Luke 17:1-10 (KJV) Then said Jesus unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!  It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.  Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.  And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.  And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.  And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.  But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?  And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?  Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow (think or believe) not.  10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Questions:

1. Upon whom would it be better to have a millstone hanged about their neck and cast into the sea (Luke 17:2)?

2. If someone repents after being rebuked by you, what should you do (Luke 17:3)?

3. How many times are we to forgive someone if they sin against us seven times in one day (Luke 17:4)?

4. How much faith does it take to uproot a sycamine tree (Luke 17:6)?

5. Should we be thanked for doing all that it is our duty to do (Luke 17:9-10)?

Answers:

1. It would be better to have a millstone hanged about the neck of one who offends a little one.

2. If someone repents after being rebuked by you, you should forgive them.

3. We should forgive them seven times.

4. It takes faith the size of a grain of mustard seed to uproot a sycamine tree.

5. We shouldn’t expect to be thanked if we’re doing all it is our duty to do.

HEAR the WORD

Luke 16:8 (NIV) Jesus said, “The master commended the dishonest manager (the steward) 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.”   

“Acted shrewdly” means acting in a way that shows sharp powers of judgment.  So why would the master have been impressed with his steward’s actions? And why did the steward believe the people would trust someone who was reducing a debt they owned someone else? In verses 9 and 10 Jesus doesn’t seem to condemn what the servant did either.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the verse above.  My thoughts: What if the steward’s income was based on commission only?  What if the amount that the steward reduced the debts was just his commission? It makes more sense then what Jesus says in verse 9 and 10. 

Luke 16:9-10 9 “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.  10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Luke 16:13 (NIV) “No servant can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

God calls us to be honest even in small details.  Heaven’s riches are far more valuable than earthly wealth.  And if we can’t be trusted with what we have here, we’ll be unfit to handle God’s riches in heaven.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We need to be wise with how we handle our possessions.  And we need to encourage others to be wise too.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will use our possessions to help others (Luke 16:9).  Lord, I pray we will handle what You’ve given us with care (Luke 16:10).  Lord, I pray we will love, serve and be devoted to You (Luke 16:13).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I take care of and do what is right with what we have.” <>< Dona