Jesus’ parables can be difficult to understand for many different reasons. Some are challenging because of their cultural distance from our late modern world (for example, the parable of the ten virgins). Others deal with difficult topics, like money or hell. Still more leave readers wondering what point Jesus was making, such as the last of the kingdom parables in Matthew 13).
This passage includes all three challenges, and for that reason demands much reflection. When I first laid out our sermon series on Jesus’ parables in Luke, I entitled this message “A Word about Shrewdness.” But the more I think about it, the less I believe shrewdness is really the main point. What our Lord is talking about gets at the heart of who we are, and why we’re here.
Title: A Word about Shrewdness?
Text: Luke 16.1–15