Luke 16:1-9 “1ALSO [Jesus] said to the disciples, There was a certain rich man who had a manager of his estate, and accusations [against this man] were brought to him, that he was squandering his [master's] possessions.
2And he called him and said to him, What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management [of my affairs], for you can be [my] manager no longer.
3And the manager of the estate said to himself, What shall I do, seeing that my master is taking the management away from me? I am not able to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.
4I have come to know what I will do, so that they [my master's debtors] may accept and welcome me into their houses when I am put out of the management.
5So he summoned his master's debtors one by one, and he said to the first, How much do you owe my master?
6He said, A hundred measures [about 900 gallons] of oil. And he said to him, Take back your written acknowledgement of obligation, and sit down quickly and write fifty [about 450 gallons].
7After that he said to another, And how much do you owe? He said, A hundred measures [about 900 bushels] of wheat. He said to him, Take back your written acknowledgement of obligation, and write eighty [about 700 bushels].
8And [his] master praised the dishonest (unjust) manager for acting shrewdly and prudently; for the sons of this age are shrewder and more prudent and wiser in [relation to] their own generation [to their own age and kind] than are the sons of light.
9And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions), so that when it fails, they [those you have favored] may receive and welcome you into the everlasting habitations (dwellings).”
Verse 9 above is written “mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions).” And no, He’s NOT telling us to go steal stuff to give away to make new friends!
Now, I could be wrong, but it sounds to me like Jesus is saying if you have cheated your employer and gotten fired for it, then make friends with those you helped out through your cheatin’ ways, so they’ll take you in when you get fired, because the Lord won’t.
Jesus continues in Luke 16 verse “10He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much.
11Therefore if you have not been faithful in the [case of] unrighteous mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions), who will entrust to you the true riches?
12And if you have not proved faithful in that which belongs to another [whether God or man], who will give you that which is your own [that is, the true riches]?
13No servant is able to serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (riches, or anything in which you trust and on which you rely).”
Now look here, notice in verse 13 above, that mammon is described “mammon (riches, or anything in which you TRUST AND ON WHICH YOU RELY).”
Jesus continues speaking in Luke 16, verse 15 “15But He said to them, You are the ones who declare yourselves just and upright before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted and highly thought of among men is detestable and abhorrent (an abomination) in the sight of God. [I Sam. 16:7; Prov. 21:2.]”
1 Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Proverbs 21:2 “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs and tries the hearts. [Prov. 24:12; Luke 16:15].
Proverbs 22:12 “12 The eyes of the Lord keep guard over knowledge and him who has it, but He overthrows the words of the treacherous.”
Proverbs 22:16-19 “16He who oppresses the poor to get gain for himself and he who gives to the rich--both will surely come to want.
17Listen (consent and submit) to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge;
18For it will be pleasant if you keep them in your mind [believing them]; your lips will be accustomed to [confessing] them.
19So that your TRUST (belief, reliance, support, and confidence) may be in the Lord, I have made known these things to you today, even to you.”
So, there we have it. It’s all about “WHO Do You TRUST?”
Remember Luke 16:13 above? We can not trust in God and mammon. It’s either ~ or. Make a choice.
Proverbs 24:12 “If you [profess ignorance and] say, Behold, we did not know this, does not He Who weighs and ponders the heart perceive and consider it? And He Who guards your life, does not He know it? And shall not He render to [you and] every man according to his works?”