94 Jesus teaches on faithfulness.

Proverbs 21:2; Luke 16:1–17

If God were to view us as his “employees,” what would he expect us to do (Luke 16:1–2)?

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In what ways are we accountable to God (Luke 16:1–2)?

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In Jesus’ story, why did the employee think he was about to lose his job (Luke 16:3)? Why hadn’t that been a concern, earlier?

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Why was the employee’s method of debt recovery commendable (Luke 16:3–8)?

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What must we do to please the Lord (Luke 16:8–9)?

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What does it mean to have “nothing left on Earth” (Luke 16:9)?

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What is the danger of saying we’ll give to the Lord’s work when we have more (Luke 16:10–12)?

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Why did Jesus say it’s impossible to serve two masters (Luke 16:13)?

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In making fun of Jesus, what might the Pharisees have said (Luke 16:14)?

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What is the difference between what people see and what God sees (Luke 16:15)?

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If our effort doesn’t get us into the Kingdom of God, what does (Luke 16:16)?

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If the Law failed to change people’s hearts, what did Jesus mean when he said the smallest point cannot fail (Luke 16:17)?

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Jesus said to his disciples, “Once, a rich man had a manager who was accused of wasting his employer’s money. He called the manager in. ‘What is this I hear about you? I want a complete report of what you have done with my money, because you cannot be my employee any longer.’

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Luke 16:1–2 Jesus said to his disciples, “Once, a rich man had a manager who was accused of wasting his employer’s money. He called the manager in. ‘What is this I hear about you? I want a complete report of what you have done with my money, because you cannot be my employee any longer.’
King James

Luke 16:1–2 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.

“The manager said to himself, What am I to do? I am about to be fired. I cannot do hard labor, and I am too proud to beg. I know what I must do so people will receive me into their homes when I no longer have a job.

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Luke 16:3–4 “The manager said to himself, What am I to do? I am about to be fired. I cannot do hard labor, and I am too proud to beg. I know what I must do so people will receive me into their homes when I no longer have a job.
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Luke 16:3–4 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.

“One by one, he contacted each of his employer’s debtors. To the first, he said, ‘How much do you owe?’

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Luke 16:5 “One by one, he contacted each of his employer’s debtors. To the first, he said, ‘How much do you owe?’
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Luke 16:5 So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?

“He said, ‘One hundred barrels of olive oil.’

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Luke 16:6 “He said, ‘One hundred barrels of olive oil.’ ‘Take your bill,’ the manager said. ‘Sit down right now and write fifty.’
King James

Luke 16:6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.

“‘Take your bill,’ the manager said. ‘Sit down right now and write fifty.’ To the next debtor, he said, ‘How much do you owe?’

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Luke 16:6–7 “He said, ‘One hundred barrels of olive oil.’ ‘Take your bill,’ the manager said. ‘Sit down right now and write fifty.’ To the next debtor, he said, ‘How much do you owe?’ ‘A hundred sacks of wheat,’ he said. ‘Here,’ the manager said. ‘Take your bill and change it to eighty.’
King James

Luke 16:6–7 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.

“‘A hundred sacks of wheat,’ he said.

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Luke 16:7 “To the next debtor, he said, ‘How much do you owe?’ ‘A hundred sacks of wheat,’ he said. ‘Here,’ the manager said. ‘Take your bill and change it to eighty.’
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Luke 16:7 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.

“‘Here,’ the manager said. ‘Take your bill and change it to eighty.’

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Luke 16:7 “To the next debtor, he said, ‘How much do you owe?’ ‘A hundred sacks of wheat,’ he said. ‘Here,’ the manager said. ‘Take your bill and change it to eighty.’
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Luke 16:7 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.

“The rich man praised the dishonest manager for his creative solution, because the people of the world are more clever in their dishonesty than the godly who do right.

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Luke 16:8 “The rich man praised the dishonest manager for his creative solution, because the people of the world are more clever in their dishonesty than the godly who do right.
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Luke 16:8 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.

“Here is the point: Use the world’s resources to build relationships and help others. When you have nothing left on Earth, you will be welcomed at your eternal home in Heaven. Those who are faithful in small concerns will be faithful when much is at stake. And he who is dishonest in petty matters will be dishonest in what is most important. If you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, how can you be trusted with Heaven’s riches? If you cannot be trusted with what belongs to others, who can trust you to do right with what you own?” As on earlier occasions, he said, “No one can serve two masters, because you will hate one and love the other, or you will be devoted to one and cheat the other. You cannot serve God and riches at the same time.”

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Luke 16:9–13 “Here is the point: Use the world’s resources to build relationships and help others. When you have nothing left on Earth, you will be welcomed at your eternal home in Heaven. Those who are faithful in small concerns will be faithful when much is at stake. And he who is dishonest in petty matters will be dishonest in what is most important. If you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, how can you be trusted with Heaven’s riches? If you cannot be trusted with what belongs to others, who can trust you to do right with what you own?” As on earlier occasions, he said, “No one can serve two masters, because you will hate one and love the other, or you will be devoted to one and cheat the other. You cannot serve God and riches at the same time.”
King James

Luke 16:9–13 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. 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 ye 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. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

When the Pharisees heard this, they made fun of Jesus because they loved riches.

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Luke 16:14 When the Pharisees heard this, they made fun of Jesus because they loved riches.
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Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

“You make yourselves look good in public,” Jesus told them, “but God sees your heart. That which is most highly admired by people is detested by God.

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Proverbs 21:2 People rationalize their ways and see them as right, but the Lord considers their motives.
Luke 16:15 “You make yourselves look good in public,” Jesus told them, “but God sees your heart. That which is most highly admired by people is detested by God.
King James

Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs and tries the hearts.
Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

“The Law and the prophets spoke until the time of John the Baptizer. Since then, we have preached the Kingdom of God, but people still try to make their own way into the Kingdom. It would be easier for the skies above and the earth below to disappear than for the smallest point of the Law to fail.”

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Luke 16:16–17 “The Law and the prophets spoke until the time of John the Baptizer. Since then, we have preached the Kingdom of God, but people still try to make their own way into the Kingdom. It would be easier for Heaven and Earth to disappear than for the smallest point of the Law to fail.
King James

Luke 16:16–17 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.