Steward (Luke 16)

 

Highlights on Luke 16:1-12


            A steward in Bible days was not a servant. He had full charge over all the servants and the household as well. He acted for his master in all matters. He was not paid a salary. He was part of the family, although not a blood relative. It was considered the highest of honors to be selected as a steward. He was given the master's signet ring which means power of attorney to put the master's official seal on legal papers: to buy and sell, engage and fire servants, allot money to the master's wife, appear in court in behalf of the master. In other words, the steward stands next to the master himself in all matters. He can forgive debts. It is therefore, of great importance that a steward be skillful, discreet, wise and honest with much love.

            The steward in the story was such a one. He acted even as a benefactor, which was entirely in his province to do. Through the years he had kept record, but not required from the hands of two of the poor creditors all that was due his master. Stewards had this right. For if in the event the future would be bad for his master or himself, those to whom they had served as benefactors would then become their benefactors in return. It is an Eastern practice even to this day.

Bishop K.C. Pillai, D.D.

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Anthony Gilmore,
May 16, 2012, 9:09 AM
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