This is Memorial Day Weekend. While we’ll have our fun doing what we do best as Americans (BBQ), lets enjoy ourselves for all its worth, but not forget the price that gets paid to ensure our freedom to do so. Lets pray for peace and an end to madness…that’s the best gift we can give to any solider far from home.
Ok…well, this Sunday we’ll be reading Luke 16:1-9 …it is a serious WTF passage. (WTF=”where’s this fit?”…..why, what did you THINK I meant?)
Scholars have had headaches for hundreds of years trying to puzzle through what this story is trying to say…and how we apply it to life as the church. I scoured through a lot of writings by experts from N.T. Wright and Eugene Peterson to John Piper and John MacArthur (different ends of the doctrinal spectrum, FYI), and taking their thoughts in overview provided the footing I needed to try and exegete this passage. I’m no scholar…so you may disagree with me, and that’s totally cool…but I think we CAN learn some valuable principles from this passage that are at very least in harmony with the rest of Scripture.
I won’t throw out a lot of questions in this post….just one main one: What do you think Jesus’ point is in telling this parable? Can you decipher a context that could help this make sense?
I’d be interested in your thoughts….but it’s an odd passage, so I’m not pressuring you to weigh in. You’d be surprised how many scholars just say “We can never understand it”, and move on to the next verses. Not US though…we’re taking this passage to the mattress! Hope you can be there to join the exploration!