Luke 16:10-17


The Pharisees loved money.

What a statement. These men who were supposed to love God, the religious leaders of the day, the Jewish elite, Jesus described them as lovers of money. They were known not for their great love for God, but their love of gold and silver coins. The sound of it jingling in their pockets, the feel of it in their hands, their goal was the accumulation of wealth. Their foundation was the size of the pile of metal on which they stood, and Jesus could see it in their faces and hear it in their accusations.

“‘Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.’ The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, ‘You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it. It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.’” Luke 16:10-17

Jesus warned them, “You cannot serve both God and money.”

There can be only one master. There can really be only One whom we serve.

The Pharisees ridiculed Jesus for His teaching. To hide their duplicity, they made fun. To cover up their hypocrisy, they mocked the very God they claimed to serve. The light shining off the gold in their pockets kept them from seeing the true Light. They missed the real treasure.

Jesus told them that God could see. Jesus warned them that God knew their hearts. He explained that the things we treasure here will eventually pass away. Gold, silver, jewels, heaven and earth could all pass away, but there is one true thing in life that would never end and that is God’s Word.

The Word had become flesh and was standing before them and all they could do was mock the real true treasure. The very foundation of everything was standing in front of them and they were too blinded by their own foundation of wealth to see.

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