A Bad Man's Good Example by Tony Nester

A Bad Man's Good Example
Pastor Tony R. Nester
Luke 16:1-11
9/23/2007

(Luke 16:1-11 NRSV) "Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. {2} So he summoned him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.' {3} Then the manager said to himself, 'What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. {4} I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.' {5} So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' {6} He answered, 'A hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.' {7} Then he asked another, 'And how much do you owe?' He replied, 'A hundred containers of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill and make it eighty.' {8} And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. {9} And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. {10} "Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. {11} If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?"

Even a bad man can give a good example.

This parable features a manager who doing very well for himself because he's skimming off money for himself at his employer's expense.

I have a son-in-law who works as financial officer for a corporation in Omaha that does business all around the world. He's always working on his accoun ...


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