Understanding the Scriptures
|Steward (vv. 1–3)||Servant|
|Stewardship (vv. 2–4)||Responsibility|
|Mammon (vv. 9, 11, 13)||Worldly wealth and riches|
|Abomination (v. 15)||Wickedness|
|Fared sumptuously (v. 19)||Lived in luxury|
|Abraham’s bosom (v. 22)||The spirit world, more specifically paradise|
|Hell (v. 23)||Spirit prison|
Luke 16:1–15—Why Did the Lord Use the Unjust Steward as an Example in This Parable?
Jesus was not saying that we should be dishonest like the steward. Instead He taught that even a man whose life is centered around money knows enough to plan for the future. How much more should those who understand the things of God plan for the future—the next life. Those covetous Pharisees were pretending to be followers of God but paid more attention to obtaining what the world offered.
Luke 16:14–23—“The Pharisees … Derided Him”
The Prophet Joseph Smith made several inspired changes to this text, as found in JST, Luke 16:16–23. These changes enhance our understanding of (1) the blatant wickedness of the Pharisees, (2) the direct manner in which the Savior rebuked them, and (3) the specific sins the Pharisees were guilty of, which in turn led to the teachings and parable directed to them in Luke 16:18–31.
Jesus Christ bridged the gulf between paradise and spirit prison.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study Luke 16.