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They are included in the gospel record. One out of three — or about a third — deal with money in some way. That is not surprising that money should have a dominant role in the teaching of Jesus, since it has such a dominate role in our lives.
We spend, according to statistics, more of our waking time thinking about money than not thinking about money, how to acquire it, how to acquire more of it, how to spend it, how to save it, how to invest it, how to borrow it, counting it, sometimes giving it away, loaning it.
Money and possessions, wealth are so much a part of this world's experience that they actually dominate, define, and determine an inordinate, if not a consuming, portion of our lives. If you were to be, say 85 yo, statistics say that you would have spent nearly fifty years of your waking time thinking about money!
Sadly, all that thinking about money may not be wise. We can be so foolish when it comes to money. Our Lord redirects our attitude toward money in the parable.
In any event chapter 15 "lost and found" now turns in chapter 16 to possessions. In Luke 15 the message was more "evangelistic" with the lost, prideful, legalistic Pharisees and scribes as the main target audience. Now Jesus shifts to His disciples and while clearly the Pharisees are listening Lk Now keep in mind that although Jesus is addressing "the disciples," this group is not necessarily all saved individuals.
As explained below, disciples were followers and probably most of those who were following Jesus at this time were interested in His teaching and His miracles but had not yet placed their faith in Him as their Messiah and Redeemer.
For example in John 6: 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. The entire chapter should make us all stop and think carefully about our attitude toward money.
It is a story about as choice a set of rascals as one could meet anywhere. However the text does not say he praised his dishonesty but because he "had acted shrewdly.
MacArthur explains that "Jesus actually was very adept at doing that. Jesus taught, as I said, from the expected and the unexpected experiences of life and life offers us both and both can be good places to learn from.
In Luke 18, as we shall see in the future, he used an unjust judge as an analogy to God himself. Here the main character is a man identified in verse 8 as the unrighteous steward.
There's no question that this man is unrighteous. He starts out as irresponsible and ends up an embezzler. And some people have worked really hard to try to protect Jesus from using a bad man to make a good point, and so they have tried to read into this story some kind of stuff in the cracks and between the words and somehow cast this man in a different light and make him good.
Can't do it because there's no way around the fact that he is called the unrighteous steward. And by the way there are no hidden details. This is a story Jesus made up. There are no more components than the ones He gave. There's nothing more to the story. No secret explanation, no hidden details to uncomplicate it or complicate it And we are shocked as the audience of disciples would be when the master praises him.
We would understand that. They would understand that, but commend him?
That's the surprise ending, ah but that's the whole point of the story. And it's really not unusual for Jesus to teach this way.
Frequently Jesus followed a rabbinical pattern of teaching and the rabbis loved to teach from the lesser to the greater. If an irritated man will open the door just to get rid of you what will a God who loves you do when you knock on His door with a need?
If a wicked, evil man is shrewd in the use of money that he has access to what will you do? It's from the lesser to the greater and the rabbis love to teach that way and so did Jesus. How much more, how much more?
Jesus is telling us that there is a way you can take it with you, namely, by wisely investing the resources that God has entrusted to you now in things that matter for eternity. This parable is given by Luke alone. It seems to mean that at this same time, after speaking to the Pharisees chapter 15Jesus proceeds to speak a parable to the disciples To Everyone an Answer has 26 ratings and 2 reviews.
Emily said: This is a good, semi-academic overview of Christian apologetics (ie a defense of the fait /5. About Norman L.
Geisler About the Contributors Index of Names Index of Subjects Scripture Index. Introduction Francis J. Beckwith. THE APOSTLE PETER INSTRUCTED HIS FELLOW CHRISTIANS TO “BE READY ALways to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Pet KJV).
For all these reasons, the only biblically possible view is that Adam and Eve were created on the sixth, literal, normal, hour day after the beginning of time. Norman L. Geisler (PhD, Loyola University of Chicago) has taught at top evangelical colleges and seminaries for over fifty years and is distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California/5(4).
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Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim (KJV).