“The Shrewd Dude”

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The story is told of 2 very rich, very old men playing golf at a very ritzy golf resort. They were at the 1st tee about to start their round when a very attractive woman in a bathing suit walks up and kisses one of the old men. She says—”I’m about to lay out by the pool and them I’m going to our room. I’ll meet you there when you are finished with your round of golf.” The other golfer asks—”Was that your granddaughter?” He replies: “No, that was my wife.” Hearing this the golfer was speechless for a moment, he then asked—”How old is your wife?” “27”—replied his friend. “How old are you?” “77”—said the old man smiling. The amazed golfer scratched his head and said—”How did you get her to marry you?” His buddy said, “I lied about my age.” The other golfer laughed and said—”Oh, you said you were 57?” “No” was the reply, “I told her I was 97!”
Today we are going to look at a similar story that Jesus told. As we look at the Parables Jesus told we find one where Jesus speaks about a shrewd operator. The great thing about many of the stories that Jesus is that you can’t figure out who the good guy is until you get to the end of the story. We will examine a story about a man who is deceitful. While Jesus does not endorse deceit, Jesus will examine the man’s resourcefulness. Jesus will speak about money and the creative cultivation of relationships. Look with me as we examine what I call—”The parable of the shrewd dude.” This is found in Luke 16.
Luke 16:1-15>>Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ 3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ 5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 “‘Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.’ 7 “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ “‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’ 8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. 10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? 13 “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 both God and Money.” 14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 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.” (NIV)
Join me next week as we look to see what truths Jesus would have us to learn from this interesting parable.