Monday, July 25, 2005

Luke-The unjust steward thinks

  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.  

Another parable, a story with a spiritual meaning. A steward is in charge of another's possessions. The rich man's steward was accused of wasting his masters goods. We are stewards of what God gives us.

Luke 16:2  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.  

He was being audited, what have you done with what I gave into your care? Good question for God's children. What have we done with the good gifts God has given to us? Are they not to increase His kingdom?

Luke 16:3  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.  

The steward looks at his situation, he cannot dig. My dad dug ditches laying gas pipeline for many years, hard labor. Not all men are able to dig, they have not the strength. Some dig for roots and potatoes seeking food this way; hard work. A farmer must dig the soil in the hot sun to plant a crop, hoping for a good harvest.  

The steward would be ashamed to beg. Some beg, for food with no shame, even those well able to work. Others have infirmities and must beg from others. The Jews were to give alms, money to the poor. It was part of the law. The law was clear, that they were to be blessed by doing good.  

Psa 37:23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Psa 37:24  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
Psa 37:25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Psa 37:26  He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
Psa 37:27  Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

Depart from evil. Under the law of Israel if they did good they would be blessed, if they did wrong they would be punished. Now we are under the grace of God through Jesus Christ, we are forgiven of our sins and failings.  

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Thank God for Jesus and his grace. The unjust steward had to find another way to escape punishment. We have Jesus, he loves us and forgives us when we trust in him.

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