Luke 16:14–17 (ESV)
The Law and the Kingdom of God
14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in
the sight of God.
16 “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it. 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth
to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.
Verse 14 begins stating that “the Pharisees, who were lovers of money”. Jesus has been speaking about money in the parables: “The
Lost Coin”, “The Prodigal Son”, and The Dishonest Manager.” Jesus now addresses them specifically. The Pharisees try to justify themselves before men by lifting themselves up. But God’s ways are not man’s
ways. They are building themselves in the worldly kingdom, but not in God’s Kingdom. The Lutheran Study Bible states: “Jesus seems to complain about the violent reaction people have to God’s Word. The Pharisees abuse the proclamation
of the Gospel (v 14), just as they abused the Law and the Prophets. They even rejected John, who prepared the way for God’s rule in Christ.” The Pharisee’s world is ruled by money and man while the Kingdom of God is ruled by God.
I pray: O Lord, many people think the world revolves around money and fame. I acknowledge that the world revolves around You (God). I know you provide everything I need and you take care of all my
needs, yet we struggle and find ourselves to be held captive by the power and need for money. Help me O Lord, to keep a healthy balance, but to never be controlled by money, but to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Forgive me when I fail in this area.