Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Kathryn Smith
October 10, 2001
"Parables of Jesus - Luke 15:1-16:12"
with Sinners (15:1-32)
by Pharisees & scribes (15:1-2)
of the Lost sheep & the 99 (15:3-7)
of the woman & the lost coin (15:8-10)Deals with being lost and
of the prodigal son (15:11-32)
and Wealth (16:1-13)
dishonest manager (16:1-8a)
applications of the parable (16:8b-13)
about the children of this age (16:8b-9)
about being faithful in much (16:10-12) Shares lessons on
about two masters (16:13) material possessions
C. Teaching in pairs of three was very common for oral presentation in Jesus' time
of the Dishonest Manager
what way is the manager dishonest?
his masters money
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)
economic elements are involved in the story?
away from the incident geographically
an absentee landlord for farmers land
a trusted agent
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
in products they had farm from the rented land
does the master praise the manager?
a. It possibly was not the master's money
manager is forgiving his own commission
possibly could have been loan sharking and that was his dishonesty to begin
ii. He either completely wiped out his commission or stopped loan sharking and returned to the honest "loan rate"
is the point of the parable?
manager was sacrificing something tangible now for the betterment of the future
b. Prudence in using our resources for God's reign
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