Jesus continued teaching about the difference between worldly, material wealth and godly, spiritual wealth (143).
“We can all agree that a person who is faithful in little things will probably be faithful in big things. And a person who is dishonest in little things will probably be dishonest in big things.
“So if you don’t handle your worldly, material wealth in a godly way, how can you be trusted with the true spiritual wealth of God’s kingdom?
“You all know that no servant can be the slave of two masters. At any given point in time, he will hate one & love the other, or he will be loyal to one & despise the other. In the same way, you cannot serve God and mammon (144).”
When the Pharisees heard Jesus teach these things, they made fun of him — because they really loved their mammon. Jesus said to them, “You try hard to appear right & proper in other people’s eyes, but God sees what’s going on under the surface, in your hearts. Things that are valued in this world are worthless in God’s eyes.
“The law of Moses & the writings of the prophets were all you knew about God up to the time of John the Baptizer. Since then, everyone seems to think they can ignore the Law & the Prophets and still enter the kingdom of God! But it remains easier for heaven & earth to disappear, than for the smallest truth from the law of Moses to be done away with.
“For example, in God’s eyes, any man who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery. And in God’s eyes, the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
(143) Luke 16:10-18
(144) “Mammon” is an old-fashioned Bible word for money.