Saturday, 16 April 2011

Luke 16

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

Worldly wealth is fleeting so spent it on things that will last forever, that is, things that will extend God's kingdom.

Susan said...

v.8 The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.

Christians are often too passive, expecting God to do things for them when God has equipped them to do it themselves. The people of the world are shrewd.

Susan said...

v.17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.

In that culture the Law was more than the 10 commandments. The Law was more likely the first 5 books which included narratives, instruction, sermons, etc. All of God's word is useful for us.

Susan said...

v.31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

And they weren't.

Susan said...

v.1-9 Parable of the shrewd manager

(From Constable’s Commentary) "Did the manager dishonestly cheat his master out of what others owed him, or did he deduct the interest that would have come to him as the agent for each transaction? ... it seems unlikely that Jesus would have proceeded to commend the manager and hold him up to the disciples as an example to follow if he was that dishonest...The second alternative is possible and probable. The agent could well have received a commission for each of the transactions that he had negotiated for his employer and deducted these commissions from the debtors' costs. Even a 100 percent commission (v. 6) was not unknown in Jesus' culture. Probably the commission was part of the original bill... Whatever the sum that the servant discounted, it must have come out of his own pocket rather than that of his employer."

Susan said...

v.27 He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family’

Rather oddly the rich man still saw Lazarus as a servant, someone could be ordered around, at his request. He did not see him as an equal. Even in Hades the rich man had not repented.