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The Unjust Steward Explained May 10

Luke 16:1-9

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.

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.

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.

So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?

And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.

Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.

And the lord commended the unjust steward because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.

Have you ever wondered about this parable? It looks like the servant is destroying the master's wealth & then the master commends him for his actions. But back in this day & time, the steward was in charge of collecting debts owed to his master. The way a steward made his money was on a commission basis, and he charged whatever he thought he could get. He was setting a very high percentage, double the debt.

When the master demands accountability, he decides that he better gain some favor with these other business people hoping that I might be able to get another job. He took and wrote off his commissions and charged a no-interest loan if you pay it off now.

The master was pleased to get his money back with his interest making the steward profitable in his eyes. So I guess the moral of the story is, 'Be good to your company's customers, just in case you need another job someday."

He is: El Roi

The God Who Sees me


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