THE WRITE-OFF OF THE UNJUST STEWARD (Continued)
Reading: Luke Chapter 16:1-17
16:1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.
16:2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
16:3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.
16:4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
16: 5 So he called every one of his lord's debtors [unto him], and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
16:6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
16:7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.
16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true [riches]?
16:12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
16:16 The law and the prophets [were] until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
The combined power of what the write-off represents is able to bring every believer into his full inheritance in the Lord Jesus Christ. This Magnificent Seventy ushers in the power of His Resurrection and lands the remnant safely on spiritual shores far above principalities and powers of darkness. The remnant walks in the Spirit and realization of the third seal of Revelation 6:5-6. "And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and a three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine."
The horse is used as a symbol of God’s Presence and Power in warfare. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, as those employed by the carnal steward, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. The world system has no mechanism or means for pulling down the strongholds of the carnal mind. The carnal mind may be likened to a rag doll in the hands of an excited toddler when compared to its true relation to the systems of religion and the world. It is helplessly dragged into a realm of darkness with a thickly-walled prison manned by demonic sentries. The black horse reveals the darkness of carnality. The balance in the hand of the rider is seen in the words of the Shulamite in Song of Solomon. "I am black but comely." The Shulamite pictures the Bride of Christ. Follow her story to the end and you will see as the king is so is she. Hallelujah! The Good News is that carnality is a passing state to the believer who wants to follow on to know the Lord. We have passed from death to life or darkness to light, and it is time every believer walked in the truth of that fact. All the horses and what they represent are Adam’s or the fallen man’s worst nightmare but the inner man’s hope of glory!
"A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny..." While wheat speaks to our redemption, barley speaks to our life in Resurrection power. In Deuteronomy 8:8 it tells of things found in the Promised Land, and all the things listed in Revelation 6:6 above are included there. Our Promised Land is a Man named Jesus Christ. The Land is a higher Life!
The following song was inspired while praising and worshipping God for a personal in-grasping of the Redemptive Work of Christ and the Life found only in Him:
There is a Life that is higher.
It’s full of God’s grace and power.
There’s a Life where no darkness can ever prevail.
There’s a Life in Christ Jesus our Lord
Just as it says in His Word,
And It’s full of Light where Love can never fail.
Copyright 2004 by Carolyn P. Bynum
"And see thou hurt not the oil and the wine."
Above we saw the symbolic meaning of oil. On resurrection terms it symbolizes the Anointing. The wine speaks to joy. Joy in the Holy Ghost is an indication the Kingdom has come in the life of a believer. How can one hurt or unjustly use the oil as the carnal steward did? Simply attempt to misuse the Anointing of God, and there is surety of no joy of the Lord. As Nehemiah said, "The joy of the Lord is my strength." Could this hurting of the oil and wine be behind the lack of power so obvious in the religious system perpetrating as the church today?