Jesus Commends Shrewd Money Managers
In Luke 16:1–9, Jesus told his disciples an odd parable where he used a dishonest manager as an example of shrewdness. What did he mean? Imagine a discussion about this between disciples Simon (the Zealot) and Matthew.
“Matthew, you know more about these things than I do. Why did the Master commend the dishonest manager’s shrewdness?”
Simon’s question stung a bit and Matthew’s look said so.
“Oh. I didn’t mean that the way it sounded.”
Simon and Matthew were unlikely friends. And it had been pretty rocky between them at first.
Simon had been a zealot with a lethal hatred of the Romans. He had once sworn himself to the sacred cause of driving them out of Israel. But even more he had loathed Jews who were complicit in the Roman subjugation and pillaging of God’s people. Jews like Matthew. Matthew had collected taxes for Rome — and himself.…