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  • Let us talk about the ‘Steward Parable’

    Hi All,

    I am new here.

    To me in the least, one of the crucial parables by which Jesus Christ presented, in simple words, the ‘spiritual realm’ in our ‘life reality’ is what is known as the parable of the Unjust Steward {Luke 16:1}.

    The following is what I learnt from it. So please don’t hesitate to correct anything I say that doesn’t look logical to you.

    [1] The rich man refers to God (the One Will/Power of the Father in Heaven and Jesus; unified by the Divine Spirit of Love, the Holy Spirit)
    [2] The steward refers to my being (or any other human being).
    [3] The stewardship refers to the temporary life that was given to me by my Creator, God.
    (4) The ending of the stewardship refers to the death of my mortal living flesh.
    (5) The goods that the steward is responsible of refer to whatever I may have in my life.
    (6) The lord’s debtors refer to the other human beings whom I may meet.
    (7) The mammon of unrighteousness refers to any of the things I may have in life because it is not mine in the first place. I mean if I have something in this world really, I would be able keeping it forever. But, as it happened to the steward in this parable, I will lose, sooner or later at the death of my mortal flesh, all things that were supposed to be mine.


    I guess, you may know now why Jesus says:
    “… And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely”.


    Jesus even explained it by adding:
    “Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when you fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations “.


    Naturally, I try always my best, till my actual stewardship ends, to be like this ‘unjust steward’ and be generous (as possible) towards all others, friends and enemies, with what I got from God since my birth.

    Kerim

  • #2
    Interesting parable. The Nelson Study Bible compares the money matters to spiritual matters. Not being able to handle mammon/spiritual matters is not good.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bradley D View Post
      Interesting parable. The Nelson Study Bible compares the money matters to spiritual matters. Not being able to handle mammon/spiritual matters is not good.
      In this case, I wonder what, in this study, mammon/spiritual matters could mean (or refer to) in our daily life. Thank you.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by KerimF View Post

        In this case, I wonder what, in this study, mammon/spiritual matters could mean (or refer to) in our daily life. Thank you.
        It seems like Jesus was using worldly mammon which means so much to the world. In the place of spirtuality which should mean much more to the world than mammon.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bradley D View Post

          It seems like Jesus was using worldly mammon which means so much to the world. In the place of spirtuality which should mean much more to the world than mammon.
          Jesus, the divine all-knowledge being (my only teacher about Life Reality) knows that the common people (anywhere in the world) listen, by design (instincts), to powerful rich persons only or their privileged representatives (with the hope perhaps to be like them when possible). Jesus also knows {Matthew 19:24} that a privileged rich person cannot (is not interested or not allowed to), also by design, be sincere every time he addresses the multitudes (if not the world, via satellites in these days); unless he decides to lose his given position and join the ordinary people; if not much worse.
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          Therefore, there was one way for Jesus to let people, in his time, listen to Him while He lives, unlike all previous prophets (excluding John the Baptist) did, as an ordinary person among them. Once a while, He just did a worldly miracle (though He didn't came to heal the mortal bodies but souls). But, His various miracles were more than enough to attract the attention of many people; starting from His Apostles and first Disciples. Obviously, His most important miracle was His Resurrection (His body then His message) after which many laid down their lives for preaching His message.

          Naturally, these miracles are no more important in these days because anyone in the world can, if he wants, hear what Jesus says directly from the Gospel. I said 'directly from reading the Gospel' because no one in the world dares, is interested in or is allowed to repeating before the world some crucial sayings of Jesus, as clear as Jesus did. In fact, His teachings about 'Life Reality' cannot be welcomed, for one reason or another, by the men in charge of 'any' ruling system in the world (political or religious). But, at the same time, I didn't hear yet of a ruling system which dares considering the printing of the Gospel (hard copy or e-book) as a crime against its law.

          By the way, I used hearing from friends that they cannot agree with me on any logical answer I may present if it is not approved first by the men in charge of their Church. The irony is that this happens to me even in science. Being a designer in electronics, I had the chance to discover some novel solutions which I use in my applications when necessary. But when I try sharing any of them with other engineers, they don't (or avoid to) give me their own scientific opinion about it (positive or negative). They just tell me: "Sorry, we didn't hear of it".

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