Amen (Isa 61:3b-note, Mt -note) KJV Luke 16:1 And he 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. He would be of high social status and high responsibility. Wiersbe notes that "The most important thing about a steward is that he serve his master faithfully (1 Cor. When he looks at the riches around him, the steward must remember that they belong to his master, not to him personally, and that they must be used in a way that will please and profit the master." (Ibid) NET Note on reported to - These are not formal legal charges, but reports from friends, acquaintances, etc.; (The marginal note in the NAS translates it "accused.") Reported to (1225)(diaballo from dia = through ballo = throw, cf devil = diabolos) means to bring charges, bring complaint against, accuse, inform.
Bock warns us that "The parable of the “unjust steward” is one of the most difficult of Jesus’ parables to understand.... That's the surprise ending, ah but that's the whole point of the story. Spurgeon once noted that each of us will have to give account of our stewards whip regarding our time, our talents, our substance, and our influence..
Particularly troubling to interpreters has been the master’s praise of his steward in Lk 16:8a. And it's really not unusual for Jesus to teach this way. For each of us, our stewardship will one day come to an end.
(Luke 16:1-13 Investing Earthly Finances with an Eternal Focus) Brian Bell notes that The “Sabbath day” which began in Lk 14:1 continues to Lk . The idea of being materially affluent and rich dominates its secular usage. He became a "prodigal steward" who wasted his master's wealth.
Now (kai) is a coordinating conjunction and suggests a connection this the previous parable in Luke 15:1-32 (but not everyone agrees). His master heard about it and immediately asked for an inventory of his goods and an audit of his books. (Ibid) (present tense = his lifestyle)(1287)(diaskorpizo from dia = an intensifies or denotes separation skorpízō = to dissipate) means to scatter abroad or disperse.
The guy who is selling the book or the course is playing off the common desire to get rich, preferably with a minimum of effort. (2 Cor -note) So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
But what if we spend our lives climbing the ladder of success only to find out that it’s leaning against the wrong wall? (Rom.-note) You say now wait a minute - Jesus paid for all my sins didn't He?
What if we get rich only to discover that we’re really poor? Yes, your sins are totally forgiven, but that is not what this accounting is about!
In Lu 16, Jesus tells two parables—the unrighteous steward and rich man and Lazarus—to show that God’s perspective on riches and our perspective are often diametrically opposed. It is about how you used (or wasted) your time, talents and money in this drama call life!
Now Jesus shifts to His disciples and while clearly the Pharisees are listening (Lk ), this message is more of a discipleship lesson, on how disciples are to live their lives. Mattoon says the idea is "to winnow, like a person that separates the grain from the chaff by throwing it up high into the air and letting the wind blow away the chaff." This is the way this manager handled his master's resources. Squandering refers to the steward’s continued wastefulness, carelessness, and/or neglect of duty.
Now keep in mind that although Jesus is addressing "the disciples," this group is not necessarily all saved individuals. It could have been incompetence or dishonesty or both.
If we want to be truly rich, we need God’s perspective on money..... You can't take it with you, but you can send it on ahead! I sometimes wonder why twice in heaven John says God will wipe away every tear? It is only my guess, but sometimes it occurs to me that it could be because in heaven we realize what we could have done on earth for God's glory if we had used the possessions He had entrusted to us faithfully and fruitfully, abiding in His Vine (Jesus) and filled with (supernaturally enabled) His Spirit!