A good steward (16:1-15). It seems to me that the best way to understand the Lord’s point is to note the application He makes (16:9-15). When you do what is right because it is right, then you can be trusted. The likelihood of being cast out is minimized. Thus, a servant of God must make a decision between two options: he will serve himself, or he will serve God. The Pharisees wanted others to think they were doing the latter, but in truth, they were doing the former.
Bumpy (16:16-18). It is noted by Bible students that each biblical writer has a central point in his words, and his material focuses on that central point. This portion of Luke, however, has always escaped me as what his central point is. In between the points of good stewardship and the eternal realm, Luke speaks a word on the Law of Moses and adultery. Perhaps to others it is much clearer. Let me offer this: just as the heart plays a role in the parable of the good steward, one’s approach to the Law of Moses and to one’s spouse is also a matter of the heart. The Lord sees all this and, of course, judges.
Hades (16:19-31). The heart of the matter, really, is to what will we listen. The rich man did not listen to Moses and the prophets (cf. John 5:39-40), but the poor man did. The rich man saw his life in his possession, but the poor man could only see life in his dependence on God.
Written by Ron Thomas