My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Thursday, August 02, 2007

Luke 16

Money

Summary:
Imagine a manager of an estate who was about to be fired for fraud. He knows this, so whilst he has his job he cancels the debt of a lot of people who owe to the estate. That way he has friends when he has no job! Money is only good if it builds relationships with others that can lead into eternity. You can't serve God and money!

People are pushing to get into heaven!

A rich man knew a poor man. They died. The poor one went to heaven, the rich one to hell. The rich one wanted some relief from Lazarus, but he got denied because you cannot cross between heaven and hell. He then wanted to send someone back to warn his family, but the truth is, if they don't listen to the prophets, they won't listen even if someone comes back from the dead.

Key verses:
9. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
31. If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.

My thoughts:
The first parable is one I don't know too well. It's quite interesting, and seems to be somewhat immoral, but it's point seems pretty similar to what we say in church. Money is useless until we do something eternal with it, which is often to give it away, or perhaps, to build friendships! Sweet! I wanna be rich!

Except rich people go to hell... as is evidenced in the next parable. It's a cool wee story. I like the inclusion of the unfortunate reality of some people's stubborn lack of faith. It seems very true to me. Some people will do anything not to believe, though many people haven't been given a real chance at the same time.

For ages people thought hell was in the earth and heaven in the sky. But this passage certain'y implies that this isn't the case.

54 days til Halo 3

2 Comments:

Anonymous Mark said...

I was pretty much skimming chapter 16 until I got to verse 9:

Luke 16:9: "I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves"

which seems to contradict this:

Luke 12:33: "Sell your possessions and give to the poor"

but then if you read around 16:9 it probably means you can gain friends by giving away your worldly wealth...

p.s. what's Halo 3? is it something I should be concerned about?

p.p.s. [or if you don't buy that] - Oh, they made a Halo 2?

10:40 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

The point is still the same! You can't use money in the long term. Use it to 'buy' something eternal.

5:34 pm

 

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