In Lu 16, Jesus tells two parables—the unrighteous steward and rich man and Lazarus—to show that God’s perspective on riches and our perspective are often diametrically opposed. It is about how you used (or wasted) your time, talents and money in this drama call life!If we want to be truly rich, we need God’s perspective on money..... You can't take it with you, but you can send it on ahead! I sometimes wonder why twice in heaven John says God will wipe away every tear? It is only my guess, but sometimes it occurs to me that it could be because in heaven we realize what we could have done on earth for God's glory if we had used the possessions He had entrusted to us faithfully and fruitfully, abiding in His Vine (Jesus) and filled with (supernaturally enabled) His Spirit!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. The word diabolos (slanderer) is this same root and it is used even of women, she-devils (1 Tim. Matthew Henry - Here is the dishonesty of this steward.
What if we get rich only to discover that we’re really poor? Yes, your sins are totally forgiven, but that is not what this accounting is about!Particularly troubling to interpreters has been the master’s praise of his steward in Lk 16:8a. And it's really not unusual for Jesus to teach this way. For each of us, our stewardship will one day come to an end.It seems as if the master has lost money and yet praises the steward’s crooked action." Barclay adds "THIS is a difficult parable to interpret. Frequently Jesus followed a rabbinical pattern of teaching and the rabbis loved to teach from the lesser to the greater. The preacher’s voice, mental faculties, and strength will not last forever.Mac Arthur explains that "Jesus actually was very adept at doing that. He starts out as irresponsible and ends up an embezzler. If a wicked, evil man is shrewd in the use of money that he has access to what will you do? If Jesus does not come first, we all will die and pass from this life to the next.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. 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. It's from the lesser to the greater and the rabbis love to teach that way and so did Jesus. " (Luke 16:1-13 Investing Earthly Finances with an Eternal Focus) Steven Cole explains that Jesus "is saying that we can learn a valuable lesson from this pagan scoundrel, who is wiser than many “sons of light,” in that he saw what was coming and he used what had been entrusted to him while he could to prepare for the future. Warren Wiersbe - In His portrait of the prodigal and the elder brother, Jesus described two opposite philosophies of life.In Luke 18, as we shall see in the future, he used an unjust judge as an analogy to God himself. Can't do it because there's no way around the fact that he is called the unrighteous steward. The lesson for us is a faithful steward will use his Master’s money shrewdly to provide true riches for eternity. Prior to his repentance, the prodigal wasted his life, but bis elder brother only spent his life as a faithful drudge.Here the main character is a man identified in verse 8 as the unrighteous steward. 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." Hendriksen - In the parable of The Shrewd Manager (The Steward with Foresight) Jesus shows that worldly people are often more shrewd, more forward-looking, than are the people upon whom the light has been shining. Both attitudes are wrong, for the Christian approach to life is that we should invest our lives for the good of others and the glory of God.In Luke 15 the message was more "evangelistic" with the lost, prideful, legalistic Pharisees and scribes as the main target audience. Metaphorically it means to dissipate, squander as the prodigal son did with his inheritance (Luke -note).Now Jesus shifts to His disciples and while clearly the Pharisees are listening (Lk ), this message is more of a discipleship lesson, on how disciples are to live their lives. Mattoon says the idea is "to winnow, like a person that separates the grain from the chaff by throwing it up high into the air and letting the wind blow away the chaff." This is the way this manager handled his master's resources. Squandering refers to the steward’s continued wastefulness, carelessness, and/or neglect of duty.Since we’re all prone to the world’s ways, we need to think carefully about what Jesus is saying so that we follow God’s way to true riches rather than the world’s way to deceptive wealth and ultimate, eternal poverty. All will have to give account in some way, and we will give account to God.Bock warns us that "The parable of the “unjust steward” is one of the most difficult of Jesus’ parables to understand.... That's the surprise ending, ah but that's the whole point of the story. Spurgeon once noted that each of us will have to give account of our stewards whip regarding our time, our talents, our substance, and our influence..