LUKE 16- MARTIN LUTHER AND THE PARABLE OF THE UNJUST STEWARD

INTRODUCTION
Martin Luther began his Reformation five hundred years ago this year.Luther was driven by his need to know God personaly, and would not agree with the Pope of Rome who was selling Indulgences to raise money to build his new church.This was not the first time that man would abuse God’s Holy word, it was being done even in Jesus’ time as we shall se intros review of Luke 16. Was Jesus indicting the Priests for their love of money?Even so,Jesus does not want us to become cold and calculating in our dealings with Him and other men.

“God did not send his son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17.
THE PHYSICS OF SOUND
“Money has ears!” This God given ability to “call money in” is available to us if we will listen to the Lord. Metal has memory, and rocks can record sound. Listen and Learn something new– every day!” David Van Koevering.(Light Sound and Matter:YouTube).Long before the introduction of the Internet and the use of audible recognition devices like the Amazon echo, men were given the gift of speaking into the realm of the Holy Spirit and summoning answers to prayer from the throne of God. No credit card was needed or PayPal account; the Lord of heaven has promised to supply all our needs by his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4–19.
LOVE HAS GROWN COLD
The Heavenly Father loves the Jewish people, he loves the Arab people, he loves the Gentile people.He loves us so much that he sent his son to die for our sins (debts) and to break the chains of the “Religious System”.The “church” world is crumbling, and many people have lost interest in going. Even some pastors I know are no longer attending denominational meetings. Instead they choose to attend small “home-church” fellowship groups, much like the early days of the book of Acts.

In Luke 16 and the parable of the ”Steward of the Unrighteous Economy”,we find a man who is unreliable in the safe-keeping of money. Most current translations unfortunately title this parable as the unrighteous steward, however the original Greek language actually turns this around and calls him: the steward of the unrighteous Mammon. Strangely enough, the dishonest business manager (Oikonomon) is praised by his boss because the boss loved money more that God, and making some profit was better than none. It is worthy to note that the Lord Jesus chooses to end this parable with the famous saying that “man cannot serve both God and Mammon, but he must choose one or the other”Luke 16-13.
THE PROBLEM
The parable begins: “And he said also unto his disciples, there was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused on to him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, how is it that I hear this of the? Give an account of device stewardship; for thou may be no longer steward. 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. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.” Luke 16:1– 5.
SLANDER AND ACCUSATIONS
The “Steward” is referred to in the Greek language as the “Oikonomon.” According to The Complete Word Study New Testament Greek Parallel edited by Spiros Zodhiates; he says “to understand this parable, two words must be understood. The two words are “dieblethe”, translated “accused”, should actually be translated “falsely accused”. It is derived from diaballo (1225) from which the word “diabolo’s”(1228), “devil”, is derived. The other important word is “metastatho”, translated “put out of” (from methistemi)[3179], which was a word used by the Greeks to denote one’s removal from this world to the next. In view of his “metastasis” his removal from this earth, he must engage in the declaration of the forgiveness of debts(sins).This declaration of forgiveness of sins is the most important thing that any believer can receive during his life of faith before his departure from Earth death. Furthermore, Jesus declares what will happen when this believer, here presented as the business manager is finally removed from his job on this earth as the steward of God. The business manager collected at least part of the debts do to his master, who would have otherwise received nothing, thus pleasing his master. This arrangement also please the debtors, who were unable to pay the full debt that they owed, and they became good friends with the business manager. The business manager knew that when he became needy, after being dismissed from his job, these debtors would be hospitable and take him into their homes. (Spiros Zodhiates page 262.)
THE SOLLUTION
So he called everyone of his Lords debtors unto him, and said unto the first how much do you now owe to my Lord? And he said, 100 measures of oil. And he said unto him, take by Bill and sit down quickly, and write 50. Then he said to the other, and how much all was thou? And he said, hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him take by Bill and right fourscore. And the Lord commanded the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
Godly Wisdom and Earthly Wisdom
In verse eight, the words “wisely” and “wiser”are translations of the Greek word “phronimos (5430)and is a derivative of the word “phronimotepoi” (5429). This word must be distinguished from “Sophos” (4680), a Greek word that is translated “wise”. Both words refer to the use of intelligence and the wise use of one’s to accomplish something. The difference lies in the ends which one is attempting to accomplish. The word “Sophos” is used only when the thing which will be accomplished is good. The word “phronimos” is most often use when the and that will be accomplished is evil. (Spiros Zodhiates; page 263.)
MANDATE TO THE BELIEVER
“And I say unto you, make to yourselves friends of the Mammon of unrighteousness; that, when you fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 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. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous Mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? 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. You cannot serve God and Mammon”.Luke 16-
WHAT ABOUT THE PRIESTS?
“And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. And he said unto them, ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God know if your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the side of God.” (Luke 16 page 264. Spiros Zodhiates translation.)

After carefully laying this foundation based on the commentary by Dr.Spiros Zodhiates, a native Greek speaking believer in Jesus Christ I would like to expand by adding some personal observations and commentary I received from my mother, Dr.Despina White, another native Greek speaking believer, and revelations from the Holy Spirit which I humbly submit with all proper fear and trembling.
BUSINESS,MONEY,AND RELIGION
Since we are looking at the parable of the economist of the household, it is fair to assume that the Lord Jesus is using economic terms in order to express spiritual truths. And since these truths had such a profound effect on the Pharisees who were listening to Jesus teaching, that we must realize that a large portion of this teaching is actually an indictment of the religious systems the Pharisees had imposed on the people of this time. Religion can be a good thing, but mostly religion can be used to enslave the people of God. It was religion that rejected Jesus Christ and it was religion that put him on the cross. Jesus often said I have come that you might have life and life more abundantly. Jesus was clearly sent on a mission by his heavenly father to come to earth to set us free from the religious enslavement of the law, which people could never escape from without the divine intervention of God the father and his son Jesus Christ. That is why we must accept the blood of Jesus as for atonement and payment for our debts, and receive him as our personal Lord and Savior, who forgives all our debts if we believe on him.
A NEW AND LIVING WAY
The Lord Jesus Christ’s came to change the religious and worldly system of the Economy Of Sin, To The Grace-Based System Of Forgiveness Based On The Sacrificial Death Of God’s Son On The Cross. By Jesus Death Burial And Resurrection Those Who Believe On Him Are Delivered From All Unrighteousness And Raised Into New Life By The Blood Of Jesus.
SOME AMBIGUITY CAN BE A GOOD THING
The Economist of the household,(ie business manager,or steward), also seems to display a shrewd and ambiguous nature in that he is motivated to make friends with the debtors of the boss by cheating the boss and at the same time reducing their indebtedness to the boss. The Economist economist is doing a good thing but for the wrong reasons. His motivations are selfish and he is looking for security for himself by making new friends at the expense of his boss. In this case the “{Shrewd Economist” could be a type of the person of the Lord Jesus as he comes to reduce the debts, (sins), of the people to set them free from the heavy load of this earthly boss and the economic system they were under. The Greek word “adikia” refers to unrighteous, shrewd, or unclean motives and the goods that were produced under this unrighteousness were in themselves not proper in light of the way they were acquired. Therefore the steward is actually the “ Untrustworthy Steward of the Unrighteous Mammon”.
Clearly Jesus is trustworthy and is motives are pure in his mission to set us free from the crushing burden of the “Law of Religion” as it had become by the evil desires of men. The ambiguity of the principal characters I believe is meant to show us that law without love and religion without the Spirit of God can easily become a tool of the devil! Jesus mission on earth was to forever destroy that “Babylonian World System of religion and love of money” which he did by His atoning death!
MAMMON CAN BE AN IDOL
The Pharisees who were in attendance to Jesus teaching stood on the outside of the group but were highly offended by Jesus words about the unjust boss, the steward, and the unrighteous Mammon. Why we have to ask where they so offended by a simple story about the economic dealings of a rich man’s household? Luke 16:14 says;” that the Pharisees were covetous and when they heard Jesus words they derided him”. Did they deride him simply because he stated, “you cannot serve both God and Mammon?” Jesus clearly nails them in verse 15, saying; “Ye are They Which Justify Yourselves Before Man; But God Knows Your Hearts: For That Which Is Highly Esteemed Among Men Is Abomination In The Sight Of God.” Here is the heart of this whole parable, The corrupt priesthood of the Pharisees is morally and spiritually bankrupt and is being replaced by the Royal Priesthood of the Malchizadek line. The very priests who shouls have recognized Jesus as the Messiah and welcomed Him actually rejected Him and condemned him to death! Talk about “blind leading the blind!?” It is my decided opinion that one of the main themes of this parable is the replacement of the “Aaronic priesthood system with the new and better way, the priesthood of the believer in Jesus Christ, We no longer need an intermediator now that we have Jesus as the Heavenly intercessor between God and man; all due to the Cross of Jesus Christ.It does not stop there, but any modern-day priest , pastor, Rabbi or Poloitical Guru who presumes to have power to speak for God or to absolve debts (sins) by any means contrary to the word of God in the Holy Bible is operating in the same spirit of “Adikia” as was the Okonomos! Let the reader beware, let no man deceive you! As it is written “The love money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”1 Timothy 6:10 (the Babylonian world system).
WHAT ABOUT THE LAW?
The last unspoken element of this story is -“The Law” and the Pharisee priesthood. The law which was given to Moses by God the Father for the benefit of the people had been turned into a harsh master and oppressor of the people by the religious priests, i.e. the Pharisees, and there cruel and unreasonable interpretation of the law of Moses. They were no longer serving the living God but were clearly serving the “God of this World,ie the devil,who is best recognize as the “Boss” in this lesson,a teaching that was supposed to open the eyes of all who would listen to it.Obviously it opened the eyes of the Pharisees much more than they could stand. There answer was to kill Jesus!
MARTIN LUTHER KNEW BETTER
MARTIN LUTHER had a revelation of God’s truth when he realized that”The Just shall live by his faith” Habakkuk 2:4. The Law could not save us, our deeds can not save us, our money can not save us.No priest can save us.Faith in Jesus Christ alone is the only thing that can save us. Could this be the foundational principal f Luke 16, that the corrupt priesthood was trying to “sell” forgiveness by manipulating the people, just like the Steward of the unrighteous Mammon?
There is much more that I would like to say on this subject, but for now I think this is enough to digest at one sitting. The Lord Jesus was sent on a mission by God the father to free the people of God from their burden of sin, to destroy the Economy Of Sin and replace it with the economy of forgiveness, freedom, and love. This was all accomplished by the righteous life and death on the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus is extending this freedom to you and me right now, if we will accept his shed blood as full payment for our debts. I urge you today if you have not received as your personal Lord and Savior to invite him into your heart right now by simply confessing you believe on Him, bowing your head and asking him to come into your heart; to forgive you of your sins and to be your personal Lord and Savior. His forgiveness is real, his forgiveness is total, His Forgiveness Is Forever!
Maranatha! Even so, Come Quickly Lord Jesus!

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    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    Jewish Rabbis have publicly announced that their Messiah will be revealed in the coming years who will be a leader and spiritual guide to all nations, gathering all religions under the worship of one God.

    Biblical prophecy tells us that this Jewish Messiah who will take the stage will be the antichrist “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). For a time he will bring about a false peace, but “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (Matthew 24:15)…then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

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    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. This Mark couldn’t be spiritual because the word references two different physical locations. If it was spiritual it would just say in the forehead. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it. Revelation 13:11-18 tells us that a false prophet will arise on the world scene doing miracles before men, deceiving them to receive this Mark. Do not be deceived! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we needed two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.

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    “EITHER HUMAN INTELLIGENCE ULTIMATELY OWES ITS ORIGIN TO MINDLESS MATTER OR THERE IS A CREATOR…” – JOHN LENNOX

    We all know God exists. Why? Because without Him, we couldn’t prove anything at all. Do we live our lives as if we cannot know anything? No. So why is God necessary? In order to know anything for certain, you would have to know everything, or have revelation from somebody who does. Who is capable of knowing everything? God. So to know anything, you would have to be God, or know God.

    A worldview without God cannot account for the uniformity and intelligibility of nature. And why is it that we can even reason that God is the best explanation for this if there is no God? We are given reason to know or reject God, but never to know that He does not exist.

    It has been calculated by Roger Penrose that the odds of the initial conditions for the big bang to produce the universe that we see to be a number so big, that we could put a zero on every particle in the universe, and even that would not be enough to use every zero. What are the odds that God created the universe? Odds are no such thing. Who of you would gamble your life on one coin flip?

    Is there evidence that the Bible is the truth? Yes. Did you know that the creation accounts listed in the book of Genesis are not only all correct, but are also in the correct chronological order? That the Bible doesn’t say the Earth was formed in six 24-hour days but rather six long but finite periods of time? That the Bible makes 10 times more creation claims than all major “holy” books combined with no contradictions, while these other books have errors in them? The Bible stood alone by concurring with the big bang saying, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1); and says our universe is expanding, thousands of years before scientists discovered these things. Watch a potential life-changing video on the front page of http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM with Astronomer(PhD) Hugh Ross explaining all these facts based on published scientific data. He has authored many books, backed even by atheist scientists.

    Jesus came to pay a debt that we could not; to be our legal justifier to reconcile us back to a Holy God; only if we are willing to receive Him: “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23).

    God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him, through faith, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus says if we wish to enter into life to keep the commands! The two greatest commands are to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself. All the law hang on these commands. We must be born of and lead by the Holy Spirit, to be called children of God, to inherit the kingdom. If we are willing to humble ourselves in prayer to Jesus, to confess and forsake our sins, He is willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking of Him; giving us a new heart, leading us into all truth!

    Jesus came to free us from the bondage of sin. The everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels due to disobedience to God’s law. If we do the same, what makes us any different than the devil? Jesus says unless we repent, we shall perish. For sin is the transgression of the law. We must walk in the Spirit so we may not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, being hatred, fornication, drunkenness and the like. Whoever practices such things will not inherit the kingdom (Galatians 5:16-26). If we sin, we may come before Jesus to ask for forgiveness (1 John 2:1-2). Evil thoughts are not sins, but rather temptations. It is not until these thoughts conceive and give birth by our own desires that they become sin (James 1:12-15). When we sin, we become in the likeness of the devil’s image, for he who sins is of the devil (1 John 3:8); but if we obey Jesus, in the image of God. For without holiness, we shall not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

    The oldest religion in the world is holiness through faith (James 1:27). What religion did Adam and Eve follow before the fall? Jesus, Who became the last Adam, what religion does He follow? Is He not holy? He never told us to follow the rituals and traditions of man but to take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). There are many false doctrines being taught leading people astray. This is why we need the Holy Spirit for discernment. Unlike religion, holiness cannot be created. It is given to us from above by the baptism of the Spirit. Jesus is more than a religion; He is about having a personal relationship with the Father. Start by reading the Gospel of Matthew, to hear the words of God, to know His character and commandments. Follow and obey Jesus, for He is the way, the truth, and the life!

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