God’s value system

Scripture reading for March 25th:  Luke 16

“No servant can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and money.”  “Now 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 men, but God knows your hearts.  What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.”  (Luke 16:13-15)

The world’s values are different than God’s!  Money can easily take first place in the life of a person, rich or poor.  Jesus taught that no servant could successfully serve two masters.  His teaching brought mockery from the religious community leaders who really loved money.  They believed in a type of ‘prosperity’ gospel that said those who had money were favored by God.  Jesus did not appear to have much, living off the land without a place to lay His head.  (Luke 9:58)  To them, poor people were under God’s curse.

Jesus told them a story about two real people. (Luke 16:19-31)  There was a rich man who lived in luxury and had plenty of everything but failed to help his poor neighbor, Lazarus, who was covered with sores.  Both these men died but there was a great reversal!  The rich man ended up in Hades, the place of torment and the poor beggar went to Abraham’s bosom to be comforted and cared for.  Though both died, they were alive in the next world and had feelings and could express desires.  The rich man wanted Lazarus to come and bring him a small drink to cool his tongue.  Father Abraham explained this was not possible.   Money is worthless in the place of torment!

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