Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Kathryn Smith
October 10, 2001
"Parables of Jesus - Luke 15:1-16:12"

I.   Structure
A.   Eating with Sinners (15:1-32)
1.   Challenge by Pharisees & scribes (15:1-2)
2.    ParablesofJesus1Parable of the Lost sheep & the 99 (15:3-7)
3.   Parable of the woman & the lost coin (15:8-10)Deals with being lost and
4.   Parable of the prodigal son (15:11-32) found
B.   God and Wealth (16:1-13)
1.   The dishonest manager (16:1-8a)
2.   Three applications of the parable (16:8b-13)
a.   ParablesofJesus2Saying about the children of this age (16:8b-9)
b.   Saying about being faithful in much (16:10-12) Shares lessons on
c.   Saying about two masters (16:13) material possessions
C.   Teaching in pairs of three was very common for oral presentation in Jesus' time
II.   Parable of the Dishonest Manager
A.   Questions to ask?
1.   In what way is the manager dishonest?
a.   Squandered his masters money
b.   We do not know how - could have been fraud, neglect, it does not say and probably implies that it does not matter
c.   Andy's possible theory: that he was loan sharking, which was against Jewish law and was not fair (read below for more details)
2.   What economic elements are involved in the story?
a.   The Master
i.   Far away from the incident geographically
ii.   Probably an absentee landlord for farmers land
b.   The Manager
i.   Was a trusted agent
ii.   Lots of responsibility
iii.   Had the ability to take landlords assets and lend out to interest and could keep the interest on the assets that would ultimately be sitting
c.   The clients
i.   Farmers
ii.   Paid in products they had farm from the rented land
3.   Why does the master praise the manager?
a.   It possibly was not the master's money
b.   The manager is forgiving his own commission
i.   He possibly could have been loan sharking and that was his dishonesty to begin with
ii.   He either completely wiped out his commission or stopped loan sharking and returned to the honest "loan rate"
4.   What is the point of the parable?
a.   The manager was sacrificing something tangible now for the betterment of the future
b.   Prudence in using our resources for God's reign
c.   This parable is not about how bad money is, and it is not about becoming a crook and a cheat in order to succeed in life