Parable of the dishonest steward, it is about a rich man.

In Mammon or Faith which is more important to you, having plenty of money and material goods, or having less money, but rich in faith in God. Because Jesus said, No servant [that is you and me] can serve two masters: [money and/or material good and God] for either he will hate one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Luke 16:13 The words within the square brackets above are mine.

The story of the dishonest steward, Luke 16:1-13 will be further down, I will begin with Mammon or Faith.

Do not confuse: mammon - which is riches or wealth

with manna - which was the bread that fell from heaven during the time the people were wandering in the desert.

All text taken from the King James Bible

Let us begin this Bible study with a prayer, O God, thy heavenly Father, grant me the wisdom and knowledge, so that I may be able to understand this document, in Jesus name. Amen.

Read the story beginning in Matthew 19:13-26

After Jesus had put his hands on the little children and prayed, a wealthy man came to Jesus and asked him how he could have eternal life; and Jesus told him to keep the commandments. The man said he had been doing all this from a young age. But the man wanted to know if there was something else he could or should be doing, and Jesus tells him in -

Matt.19:21 - Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

The young man went away very sad because he was quite wealthy.

Jesus continues speaking to his disciples,

Matt.19:23 - Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matt.19:24 - And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Matt.19:25-26 - The disciples asked Jesus, who can be saved? and Jesus said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

So you see, it is more important to read the Bible, pray and do the work of God and keep his commandments. See - Ten Commandments

Now let us turn to Parable of the Dishonest Steward - found in Luke 16:1-13

In the Parable of the Dishonest Steward, there are once again 2 stories being told at the same time. There is the obvious one of the rich man - one who is wealthy in material goods; and then there is the other story of a certain rich man which is referring to the Lord/God.

Then we come to the steward, on the one hand it is referring to the manager of a household or household affairs (something like a foreman today); and then there is the steward which is a metaphor, and refers to the apostles and other Christian teachers and bishops and overseers - one who is leading or teaching the people in the way of the Lord.

So when you are reading this story, try to keep both stories in your mind at the same time, one may be easier to see than the other.

NOTE:- In the Parable of the Rich Young Ruler, I have explained that even Sarah called her husband "lord"

Let us begin -

Luke 16:1 - And he (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.

rich man - Luke 1:1

Ps.24:1 - The earth [is] the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

So everything belongs to the Lord - that makes him a very rich.

Ex.9:29 - And Moses said unto him, (the Lord), As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the LORD; [and] the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth [is] the LORD'S.

The phrase, "wasted his goods," Luke 16:1, again is referring to 2 different story lines. On the one hand it means to not look after the man's household affairs very well; on the other hand, it means he did not look after the people of his parish or church very well - in either case, he was not doing a very good job.

In verses 2-8, the lord is asking the steward to give an account of his stewardship, and he scrambles to redeem himself, you can read these verses for yourself, I am going to skip down to -

Luke 16:10 - 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.

Let us turn for a moment to the story of the talents in: -

Matt.25:21 - His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

You can read the whole story in Matt.25:14-31 - Also see - Parable of Talents--Not Everybody Shall Enter Into The Kingdom of Heaven. You can read the same story in Luke 19:12-27, pay special attention to verse 17. I have also explained the phrase "joy of thy lord" in the above parable as well.

Luke 16:11 - If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true [riches]?

So in this story what is being referred to here is the steward who has to scramble to redeem himself to 1) the lord (the owner of the household), 2) Lord (the Lord God). I hope you can keep these two straight.

Luke 16:12 - And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?

In other words, if you cannot be trusted to take care of something here on earth, how can you be trusted to look after something in heaven. Again, go back and read the story of the talents, or, See - Parable of Talents--Not Everybody Shall Enter Into The Kingdom of Heaven

Luke 16:13 - 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.

This once again is a story Jesus is telling the disciples, and others who are there listening to him, about being faithful to the Lord and getting into the kingdom of heaven.

Go back and read the story in Matt.19:13-16 again.

Jesus said in -

John 14:2 - In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

What kind of a place do you want when you die, it will depend on what you do here on earth now. See - Temple(s) of God--Churches

Let us end this Bible study with a prayer - O God thy heavenly Father, please help me to be a better person each day, to follow the commandments, and help me to strive each day to be more in thy presence, in Jesus name I ask. Amen.

This document is meant to help you understand your Bible more easily, however, it may not give you all the answers, you will need to study your Bible as well as read other documents, but let no one deceive you, prove all things; hold fast that which is good, because, ultimately, you, are responsible for your own salvation.

Ten Commandments
Meat of God or Bread of Life
Parable of Fruit - Tree of Life
Parable of the Sower
Temples of God--Churches
Fountain of Living Waters vs. Cisterns
Parable of Workers in the Vineyard
Parable of the Rich Young Ruler
Famine / Hunger
Parable of Talents -- Not Everybody Shall Enter Into The Kingdom of Heaven


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