In my case, it's a parable. It's one that's not often talked about. Here it is.
New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Unjust Steward
16 He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 2 So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’
3 “Then the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’
5 “So he called every one of his master’s debtors to him, and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 And he said, ‘A hundred measures[a] of oil.’ So he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ So he said, ‘A hundred measures[b] of wheat.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.
9 “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail,[c] they may receive you into an everlasting home. 10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?
13 “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.”
Do you have any idea what this means?
I think if you are not honest with a small amount you will not be honest with a large amount. Just like if you are put in charge over two or three people and cannot manage them well, or even to run your small household, and do not do it well, then wh
I guess I added too much at the end. In the parable itself, the dishonest steward prospered because he had his master's debtors pay part of their debt to him, even though it wasn't his place to do so. What does that mean????
I don't know.
There are many passages about which I have changed my understanding. Yet, I do not know how perfectly that change has been made. I may still misunderstand them, but am not yet aware of that. I remain humble that God might teach me more about them all.
Only recently, while completing my book, "The Bible's Hidden Wisdom: God's Reason for Noah's Flood," I understood Genesis 4 in an entirely new light. The retribution against those who might harm Cain, or his descendent Lamech, seems monstrous and unreal. It flatly does not make sense when taken literally. But there is wisdom in it, for it is not a literal lesson. The cause-and-effect of Genesis 4 is borrowed by Genesis 5 so that we may perfect the timeline of the Bible. The 7x retribution of Cain is borrowed by Cainan to give more life or years to his ancestors. The 77x retribution of Lamech (Cain's) is borrowed by Lamech (Seth's) to give more life or years to his ancestors.
With the generations of Adam using the "years of man" (Moses), we multiply by 40 (Moses at the birth of Gershom) so that the days of each patriarch are proper years.
Thus, Noah's Flood is 27,970 BC -- and through science, we know that one species went extinct at this new Flood date -- a species which is described in Genesis 6 as the "daughters of men."
And thus, Adam came to this world 10,434,130 BC, when giants roamed the world that would give you nightmares.
Rod Martin, Jr.
http://tharsishighlands.com/books/thebi … m_noah.php
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