In Luke 16, Jesus first spoke a parable about an unjust steward. The point of the parable was plainly stated when Jesus concluded it: “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Luke 16:13). The word “mammon” signifies material goods or wealth.
The Pharisees who heard Him were said to be “lovers of money” (Luke 16:14). They “derided” Jesus for His teaching instead of listening to Him. Thus, Jesus rebuked them saying, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15).
Jesus went on to cite one example of their tendency towards self-justification as noted in their frivolous practice of divorce and remarriage. While they engaged in this evil practice, they claimed to be doing right (Luke 16:18). These Pharisees needed to be sobered up! They needed to understand that their ungodly desire to live for their own pleasure would bring punishment. Those who engage in or justify unlawful divorce and remarriage today need to see the same. God has never been fooled by the veneer of acceptability attached to conduct He declares ungodly. The Pharisees tried this tack and it failed miserably as Jesus consistently denounced their sinful actions with rousing denunciations. Continue reading » In the Steps of the Savior: The Rich Man and Lazarus