The Parable of the Dishonest Steward (Luke 16:1-13). 1. Why does Jesus focus on the issue of money and wealth in most of his parables?. The danger of a ‘misplaced love’.
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. (1 John 2 : 15-16)
b) Jesus illustrates the nature of Christian discipleship by using 2 parables:
Verse 9 is the climax of this parable.
How did Jesus apply this parable to his disciples?
“Make friends by means of unrighteous mammon”
How then can money actually become “unrighteous’? In 3 ways:
This is precisely what the dishonest steward did.
c) When money is used purely for self-indulgence
Our Lord was harping on this point in this parable.