America in the Kingdom Parables

C.O. Stadslkev - 1959

The Unjust Steward

Luke 16:1-9

   The Parable of the Unjust Steward is recorded in Luke 16: 1-9, and opens as follows: "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·"

   The "certain rich man" in this Parable is the Lord. "The steward" was the scribes and Pharisees who, as Jesus said, "sit in Moses' seat" and were, as Paul wrote (Romans 3:1-2) - in possession of the oracles of God - the religious ordinances as well as the civil and moral laws of God.

   They wasted the Lord's goods in that they made the Word of God of none effect by their traditions.

   In Matthew 15:1,3,6b, we read, "Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

   "But Jesus answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? ... Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition."

   Verse 2 in the Parable of the Unjust Steward states, "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."

   "Thou mayest be no longer steward" is in effect the same statement as we found in the Parable of the Husbandmen where Jesus said to the chief priests and Pharisees, "The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof."

   With these facts in mind we shall read the balance of the Parable of the Unjust Steward: "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.

   "So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? 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.

   "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."

   "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."

   When the Lord in this parable said the unjust steward would neither dig (produce) nor beg, but rather manipulate debts, He spoke volumes in a few words, giving the history of the unjust steward from that day to the present time.

   The Lord did not commend the unjust steward because he had done the right thing, but rather the wise thing: "for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light."

   And how true that has been due to Christendom's ignorance and disregard for the economic laws of God. The enemies of Christ and Christendom, through the use of their unscriptural debt money system, have gained entrance and control of all of our houses - houses of government, houses of religion and education, as well as our houses of business and finance. This is the mammon of unrighteousness Jesus referred to in the last verse of the Parable of the Unjust Steward.


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