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Br. Samuel Babu, Believers Brethren Assembly, (BBA), Majlis - Bahrain For the last few days, we have been relentlessly praying for Br. Samuel Babu, who suffered Cardiac Problems and was admitted in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. It was well pleasing for our Lord to call HIS child to the Eternal Home, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sickness and no death. He went to be with the LORD around 10:30 PM Bahrain Time today (Friday 23rd 2015). Let us uphold the grieving family members to the Throne of Grace. May the Lord bestow upon them heavenly Grace, Peace and strength and console them with the word of God.
 
 
 
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HOW ARE THEY WISER?

Bro. Mathew Paul, India

 

 

There are certain passages of the Scriptures which are some what hard to understand especially to casual readers. Lk.16:1-12 is such a passage. In this passage the Lord seems to appreciate the unlawful act of an unfaithful steward and then our Lord goes on to make some comments which are hard to understand at the first reading. We will try to see what our Lord is trying to teach us through this difficult passage. I am sure there is a great lesson hidden in this passage for all of us.

 

First of all, in order to understand this passage, we need to know the difference between a parable and an allegory. A parable is a story told to bring home a single point. However in an allegory, events and participants in the story represent events and participants in real life. There are several allegories in the Old Testament. Isa. 5:1-7 is a good example. And there are many parables in the New Testament. Our present story is a good example of a parable told to illustrate a single truth. There is great danger in trying to allegorize parables.

 

There is a story told about a preacher giving a beautiful sermon based on the Good Samaritan story. He gave an allegorical interpretation to each and every part in the story except for the donkey in the story. One of the congregation members who enjoyed the sermon so thoroughly (probably he wanted to preach it as his own elsewhere) got up and asked for a clarification. He wanted to know whom or what the donkey in the story represented. Another shrewd person in the audience got up immediately and responded saying, "The donkey in the story represents our preacher today." I think we see the danger in allegorizing the parts of Scripture which are not meant for that.

 

Let us come to our story about the unfaithful steward. Our Lord is trying to teach us a point in this story and that is found in v.8. "The steward's lord commended him because he had done wisely". The unfaithful steward when dismissed from his work for his misdeeds did something more criminal. However, in doing that he was planning for his future. His planning for the future is commended by the lord here; and not his dishonesty. The Bible never ever commends dishonesty in the least. We can never imagine our Lord ever doing it either.

 

The next phrase confirms our conclusion. The next phrase says, "For the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light". How are the children of this world wiser than the children of light? Are we to conclude that heaven and God are only for muffs? Or that all wise people will go to hell? That is the way some understand this text! What it actually means is that the children of this world are wiser in that they plan for their future. The only future they have is their retired life. They plan very well for their retired life with insurance and provident funds, etc. The children of light are not as wise as the children of the world in this respect. The children of light hardly ever plan for their future which is in eternity.

 

The Lord tells us through this story to be wise and plan for our future which is in eternity. Elsewhere our Lord told His disciples where to lay up our treasure. Matt 6:19-21 "Do not lay up treasures on earth for yourselves, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up treasures in Heaven for yourselves, where neither moth nor rust corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

 

Man is the only 'animal' who is able to think about and plan for the future. All other animals do things by instinct. We do a lot of thinking about our future. Tragically even believers also think about their future on this earth. Very few believers have plans for his/her eternity. Satan has made us such short-sighted people that we hardly ever think of our real future in heaven. If all believers take an interest to plan for their eternal future, our church life and home life would be very different!

 

Sure, every believer has a responsibility towards the family. 1Tit 5:8 says, "But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially his family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." However hoarding wealth for generations to come is the most foolish thing that a believer could do. History is replete with examples of believer families who lost their generations to the world and to Satan because of excess wealth.

 

John Wesley advised his people always to earn as much as they could, but spend as little as they could. Then he went on to say to give away as much as they could to the needy and to the Lord as well. It was Chrysostom the golden mouthed preacher among the church fathers who used to say, "the best place to store all your excess wealth is in the bellies of hungry men and women around as it counts for eternity".

 

We must all learn a great truth. The health and wealth that we enjoy is not our own; they have been given to us (1Cor.4:7). Any thing which we spend for ourselves is finished with the using. Any thing we spend for others and for the kingdom has dividends both here and now, and in eternity.

 

Are we going to wiser and are we going to plan for our future in eternity? May the Lord give us grace. To His name be all glory.

 

 
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