Friday, June 06, 2008

Most confusing parable ever...

As I head off to the coldest weekend in the history of the world-State Youth Games, I leave this parable for you to all ponder, even though half of my readers will probably be down there as well!

Anywho, I expect the rest of you readers to have come up with an interpretation of this that makes any sense at all by the time I get back on Monday! Well at least come up with something better than the rubbish I came up with for my essay!

Luke 16
The Parable of the Shrewd Manager
1Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2So he called him in and asked him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.'
3"The manager said to himself, 'What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm ashamed to beg— 4I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.'

5"So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'

6" 'Eight hundred gallons[a] of olive oil,' he replied.
"The manager told him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.'

7"Then he asked the second, 'And how much do you owe?'
" 'A thousand bushels[b] of wheat,' he replied.
"He told him, 'Take your bill and make it eight hundred.'

8"The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. 9I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.


I've heard Mike Frost explain it really well one day, but have totally forgotten what he said, so any help appreciated :)

16 comments:

David said...

Why not ask the Holy Spirit what it means?

Aren't you on good talking terms with God?

Just by the way, wouldn't it be more efficient of God for Him to write his message across the sky (in clear King James English)?

Janet Woodlock said...

My word David, you do pop up everywhere? Do you trawl all the Christian blogs of the world?

I hope you've enjoyed SYG Digger... I've stayed home in the warmth... oops, shouldn't boast...

I had thought the main point of the parable is in the last paragraph... if you use your worldly wealth to give to the poor you will have friends to give you welcome in heaven. This is a bit like the idea in the sheep and the goats parable... those who have given of themselves for those in need have really done this for Jesus, and will be rewarded in the next life.

In biblical terms, those who are wise prepare for eternity... they invest their lives (and money) into things that will last forever. This evokes for me Jesus' words: "What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and loses his soul?"

Although I think giving money / resources away to gain "friends in heaven" is the main point, I think Jesus is also commending wisdom... the idea that even ungodly people know how to look after their own self-interest... how much more should we who know Christ consider our "eternal self-interest"... "for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

They're my thoughts anyway.

David said...

Janet's on such bad talking terms with God, she's had to obtain a theological qualification to understand it all.

Haven't you got dinner to look after Janet. Don't let hubby and the kids go hungry, now. No time for trawling blog pages.

owl said...

This passage is not easy to understand, but if you read the next few verses, it becomes somewhat clearer.

rockpaperdynamite said...

Quick someone, find some food for the troll, he's getting hungry.

Digger said...

David I'm not going to bother honouring your coments with a response.

Yeah Janet SYG was awesome fun, and it actually wasn't at all cold this wkend which was awesome!

Yeah maybe the idea about having friends to welcome you there in heaven sits better, rather than 'you will get into heaven' as it could be interpreted.

But in regards to your last para, isn't the whole point that we don't look after our own self-interest? We help people for the sake of it, not cos it will help us.
We take up our cross and put others first etc.

I'm not sure how they fit together...

Digger said...

Hey owl,

Yeah see the next few verses are a little easier to understand and apply to our life etc, but I actually am not sure how well they fit with the story.

Verses 10, 11 and 12 all seem to say that trustworthiness is important, but the steward in the story has beena anything but...

Janet Woodlock said...

Well, of course we don't care for others for what we "get out of them"... we care because we love because God is love. On the other hand, I don't think we need to more "holy" than the bible is... because Jesus didn't hesitate to talk about reward in heaven... I think in particular when addressing those who would be persecuted and martryed for following Jesus, it's a necessary reminder... this life is not all there is...

I've just done a biblegateway search on "reward", and there are plenty of "hits" (I'm particularly interested in the comments by Jesus)... I don't know if this link will work but you can do your own search if you like:

http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/index.php?search=reward&version1=31&searchtype=all&startnumber=51

Munzy said...

david you're a wanker

Digger said...

Haha just telling it like it is, Munzy style. Welcome to the blogosphere.

No doubt David will take on board ur constructive criticism! :)

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