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Notes on Luke 16:6-15

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Luke 16:6-7

The manager offered huge amounts of discounts on the debt owed his master. hundred baths. A bath was the usual Jewish measurement for oil of the day. It was the equivalent of 8.75 gallons (33.1 liters). The total value would have been around 1,000 denarii, or three years' worth of wages for the average worker. hundred cors. A cor was the same as ten ephahs or thirty seahs in ancient measurements. This is about 10-20 bushels (almost 400 liters) in modern terms. A hundred cor was worth about 2,500 to 3,000 denarii, or about eight to ten years salary for an average worker.

Luke 16:8

shrewdly. Acting with cleverness or cunning. The manager did not offer commendation of the dishonest and disrespectful action. He commended the clever way the manager wisely planned for his future. By giving the master's debtors huge discounts, he made them feel indebted to him. Soon, the manager would need a new job (v. 2) and these debtors would help. children of this world. A phrase for unbelievers which emphasized their focus on the present age. children of light. A name for God's people among certain believing communities in that day. more shrewd. Unbelievers know how to employ their money and their energy in order to secure their own interests. The manager saw what was coming and knew how to plan for it. If pagans can be wise in their pursuit of thing in this life only, how much more should God's people be wise in how they pursue eternity (v. 9)?

Luke 16:9

unrighteous wealth. Not money gained by sin, but wealth that exists in this world only. It is unrighteous because people often trust in it rather than God. friends . . . eternal dwellings. If we are to be wise and faithful stewards, then we will be shrewd with our resources (v. 8). Rather than live for this world alone, we will plan for our future glory in God's presence. Specifically, we are to focus on people. Jesus uses the language of friendships. His disciples should use their resources to love other and spread the gospel that more people will enter the kingdom through faith and repentance (Mark 1:15; 2 Cor. 5:11-21).

Luke 16:10-13

See WLC 142; HC 110.

Luke 16:10-12

How you spend your money is an indicator of how you will handle other things. Money is important because it's an easy measure of where our heart is. Where you spend your treasure reveals where your heart is and reveals your priorities (Matt. 6:21). Those faithful with something temporal and earthly like money can be trusted with something more spiritual.

Luke 16:13

servant. Serving God brings freedom and joy (Rom. 6:18). Serving anything else is idolatry and it brings bondage (John 8:34; Rom. 6:16-18). love . . . hate. Masters call for an exclusive commitment. Between two masters, someone or something is going to rise to the top of your affections and be the supreme treasure of your heart. It's either God or an idol like wealth (14:26).

Luke 16:14

Pharisees. See note on 5:17.

Luke 16:15

justify yourself. They tried to show their righteousness by their external behavior (see 10:29). Part of this was displays of wealth. They wrongly believed that wealth was a sign of God's acceptance (see 1:52-53; 6:20-26; Matt. 6:19-21; Jam. 1:9-11). hearts. You might fool everyone else by looking righteous on the outside. But you cannot fool God who sees the heart. Loving anything more than him is abomination. See BC 23.

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