Live@5 – Thursday, March 17, 2022
Luke 16:14–18 (NKJV)
Jesus addresses the Pharisees regarding their love of money, among other things, in this additional follow-up to the parable of the unjust steward earlier in the chapter.
14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.Luke 16:14-17
16 “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.
The Pharisees seemed to love wealth, and rejected Jesus’ notion of not serving “mammon” as He taught in the previous passage of Scripture in Luke. He warned them that God knows the condition of their hearts, and sees the greed and lust for wealth that gets in the way of their obedience to God. He reminded them that the system surrounding the law that had been adulterated to the point of oppressing the people serving it was now being displaced by the preaching of the kingdom of God. Their perversion of the law was no longer going to be sheepishly obeyed. The law itself was given by God and is still good. However, the man-made system of its interpretation is being replaced with a gospel of grace.
18 “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery.Luke 16:18
Jesus then gives an example to them of divorce and remarriage. Men, including great leaders of the Jewish faith, had made exceptions and interpreted the law to the point that men could divorce and remarry for just any reason. Jesus brings them back to the law and its original intention, that of commitment and covenant for a lifetime. This is just one example of Jesus’ correct reinterpretation of the law. He contradicts the religious leaders’ twisting of Godly truth and brings them back to Biblical, divine truth.
When true followers of God allow other things to master them, they cease to recognize God and God and begin to follow their own desires and their own sense of truth. Are their things which you consider good and right that the word does not? If so, stop creating loopholes and excuses and simply believe and follow the tenets of the Word of God. It is higher than our logic and deeper than our understanding. It is not ours to rationalize God’s word to the point that we negate its power, but rather to obey it and live it.