Wily


Re:Verse passage – Luke 16:1-18 (day three)

“Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.”

Establishment types thought Jesus played fast and loose with the law of Moses, as in this story whose sympathetic central character was an ethics-challenged accountant emerging not chastened but rewarded. Missing the point entirely – that believers must become as expert in the ways of the light as worldly people are expert in the ways of the dark – the Pharisees could hardly contain their disdain: Do we really want our people hearing morally questionable content from one who has such little regard for the law? Knowing the Pharisees’ own attempts to reimagine the law, Jesus responds, “Who’s the real lawbreaker, the one telling stories about wily scoundrels, or the ones trying to make marriage the domain of actual scoundrels?”

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor to Pastoral Ministries & College and Single Adults at FBCSA.

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