The unjust steward
“1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward, and he was accused unto him, that he wasted his goods. 2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? Give an accounts of thy stewardship: for thou mayest be no longer steward. 3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my master taketh away from me the stewardship. I cannot dig, and to beg I am ashamed. 4 I know what I will do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. 5 Then called he unto him every one of his masters debtors, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my master? 6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said to him, Take thy writing, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. 7 Then said he to another, How much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. Then he said to him, Take thy writing, and write four score. 8 And the Lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely. Wherefore the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. 9 And I say unto you, Make you friends with the riches of iniquity, that when ye shall want, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 10 He that is faithful in the least, he is also faithful in much: and he that is unjust in the least, is unjust also in much. 11 If then ye have not been faithful in the wicked riches, who will trust you in the true treasure? 12 And if ye have not been faithful in another mans goods, who shall give you that which is yours? 13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he shall hate the one, and love the other: or else he shall lean to the one, and despise the other. Ye can not serve God and riches. 14 All these things heard the Pharisees also which were covetous, and they scoffed at him. 15 Then 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.” (Lu 16:1-15 GenevaBible)
(Luke 16:1-15), to show them the effect of the wrong use of their superior position and privileges as stewards of the divine favours, as far as the Law had revealed them. —Matt. 23:1-3.
“1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do: but after their works do not: for they say, and do not.” (Mt 23:1-3 GenevaBible)
The scribes are here represented as standing between God and the people, as the steward in the parable stood between his lord and the debtors. The steward was wise; when he realised that his office was about to be taken from him, he made friends with the debtors, by writing off portions of their debts, so that they would be ready to favour him when he was cast out. Here was an intimation to the scribes. They, sitting in Moses’ scat, had unjustly bound grievous burdens on the backs of the people. They had imposed burden upon burden by means of their traditions, which made the word of God of none effect. To have relieved the people of these weights of tradition would have been no more than just, and it would have been a wise policy for them to adopt, seeing they were about to be cast out of the stewardship; but, instead of conceding anything, they sought all the more to justify themselves, and thus made themselves more abominable in God’s sight. — Luke 16:15.
“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.” (Lu 16:15 AV)
– The New Covenant Advocate June 1909 p.43
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