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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
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He also said to his disciples,
"There was a rich person who had a manager,
and charges were brought to him
that this one was squandering his possessions.
Calling him he said to him, 'What is this I hear about you?
Give back the account of your management;
for you can no longer be manager.'

"The manager said to himself, 'What should I do,
since my lord is taking away the management from me?
I am not strong enough to dig; I am ashamed to beg.
I know what I should do,
so that when I am removed from the management
they may welcome me into their houses.'

"So calling each one of his lord's debtors
he said to the first, 'How much do you owe my lord?'

"He said, 'A hundred baths of oil.'

"He said to him, 'Take your bill
and sitting quickly write fifty.'
Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?'

"He said, 'A hundred barrels of wheat.'

"He told him, 'Take your bill and write eighty.'

"The lord commended the manager of injustice
because he acted shrewdly;
for the sons of this age are more shrewd
with their own generation than the sons of light.

"I tell you, make friends for yourselves
from the money of injustice,
so that when it fails
they may welcome you into eternal dwellings.

"The one faithful with the smallest
is also faithful with much,
and the one unjust with the smallest
is also unjust with much.
Therefore if you were not faithful with the unjust money,
who will trust you with the true?
If you were not faithful with another's,
who will give you ours?

"No domestic can serve two lords;
for either one will hate the one and love the other,
or one will hold to one and disregard the other.
You cannot serve God and money."

The Pharisees being money-lovers
heard all this and sneered at him.

He said to them,
"You are the ones justifying yourselves before people,
but God knows your hearts;
for what is highly valued by people
is an abomination before God.
The law and the prophets were until John;
since then the sovereignty of God is the good message
and everyone is pushing into it.

"There was a rich person,
and he wore purple and fine linen
celebrating splendidly every day.
Someone poor named Lazarus had been laid at his gate,
covered with sores and longing to satisfy his hunger
from the things falling from the table of the rich one;
moreover dogs coming licked his sores.

"It happened that the poor one died,
and was taken away by the angels to the bosom of Abraham;
and the rich one also died and was buried.
In Hades lifting his eyes, while in torment,
he saw Abraham from a distance and Lazarus in his bosom.
Calling he said, 'Father Abraham,
have mercy on me and send Lazarus
so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water
and cool down my tongue,
for I am in pain in this flame.'

"But Abraham said, 'Child, remember
that you received your good things during your life,
and Lazarus similarly the bad things;
now he is comforted here, but you are in pain.
Besides all this,
between us and you a great chasm has been fixed,
so that those wishing to pass from here to you cannot,
and no one may cross from there to us.'

"He said, 'Then I ask you, father,
to send him into my father's house;
for I have five brothers; so that he may warn them,
lest they also come to this place of torment.'

"But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the prophets;
let them listen to them.'

"But he said, 'They don't, father Abraham,
but if someone from the dead goes to them,
they will change their minds.'

"He said to him,
'If they don't listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be convinced
if someone rises from the dead.'"

63. God and Money Harmony 63 * Interpretation 63
64. Raising Lazarus from the Dead Harmony 64 * Synthesis 64 * Interpretation 64

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