Daily Devotion

LUKE 16:19-31 This is a parable constructed with such masterly skill that not one phrase is wasted. Let's start by looking at the two characters in it. (1 st ) is the rich man, usually called Dives, which is the Latin for "rich". Every phrase adds...

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LUKE 16:14-18 This passage falls into three sections. (1 st ) it begins with a rebuke to the Pharisees. It says that they derided Jesus. The word literally means that they turned up their noses at him. The Jews tended to connect earthly prosperity...

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LUKE 16:1-13 (continued) (2 nd ) in verse 9, the lesson is that material possessions should be used to cement friendships wherein the real and permanent value of life lies. That could be done in two ways: (a) it could be done in a way to affect...

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LUKE 16:1-13 This is a difficult parable to interpret. It is a story about as choice a group of rascals as one could find anywhere. The steward was a rascal. He was a slave, but he was in charge of running his master's estate. In Israel, there were...

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LUKE 15:11-32 NOT WITHOUT REASON, THIS HAS BEEN CALLED THE GREATEST SHORT STORY IN THE WORLD. UNDER JEWISH LAW, A FATHER WAS NOT FREE TO LEAVE HIS PROPERTY AS HE LIKED. THE ELDER SON GETS TWO-THIRDS, AND THE YOUNGER ONE-THIRD, (DEUTERONOMY 21:17.)...

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LUKE 15:8-10 THE COIN IN QUESTION IN THIS PARABLE WAS A SILVER DRACHMA WORTH ABOUT 5 CENTS. IT WOULD NOT BE DIFFICULT TO LOSE A COIN IN AN ISRAEL PEASANT'S HOUSE AND IT MIGHT TAKE A LONG SEARCH TO FIND IT. THE HOUSES WERE VERY DARK, THERE WAS ONLY...

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