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The Wicked Servant, Luke 16:1-13, Video Sermon

This sermon was preached on September 22, 2013, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.

The Parable of the Wicked Steward, Luke 16:1-13

 The scripture text is as follows

Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So 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.’

 “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— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’

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

 “‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied.

 “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’

 “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’

 “‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied.

 “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’

 “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. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

 

Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus
by: Robert Farrar Capon
publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, published: 2002-03-11
ASIN: 0802839495
EAN: 9780802839497
sales rank: 6737
price: $17.59 (new), $13.59 (used)

Here in one volume is Robert Farrar Capon’s widely praised trilogy on Jesus’ parables — The Parables of the Kingdom, The Parables of Grace, and The Parables of Judgment. These studies offer a fresh, adventurous look at all of Jesus’ parables, treated according to their major themes. With the same authorial flair and daring insight that have earned him a wide readership, Capon admirably bridges the gap between the biblical world and our own, making clear both the original meaning of the parables and their continuing relevance today.

The Parables of Grace
by: Robert Farrar Capon
publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co, published: 1990-11
ASIN: 0802803040
EAN: 9780802803047
sales rank: 528908
price: $53.06 (new), $6.98 (used)

In his highly-readable manner, Capon discusses Jesus’ parables told between the feeding of the five thousand and the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. His ability to bridge the gap between then and now makes clear both the original meaning and the modern-day relevance of these parables.

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