In my previous post I wrote about the parables of the lost and the celebration of the found. In continuing my reflection on the scriptures following these parables; I find that I have difficulties with the heading Additional Teachings.
It’s my proposal that Luke isn’t inserting additional teachings; rather he is continuing the theme of the the previous four parables into the next; in a seamless flow of thought. Verses 14 and 15 are a record of the Pharisees reaction to what Jesus said about money in 13 / 14 and is followed in verse 18 with;
18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
I would like to make the point that in verse 18 Jesus isn’t making a direct statement about divorce and remarriage. Rather what he is doing is slapping the Pharisees in the face about loving money and not people. In effect Jesus is saying; you have divorced your God and married another god and in marrying another god you have committed adultery against God.
Jesus seamlessly continues with the theme of the previous 4 parables in the story of the rich man and Lazarus. When he finishes his stories; he then teaches directly on those parables and explains their meanings in 17:1-8
Therefore I would like to see the headings Additional Teachings and Sin, faith and duty in the beginning of chapter 17 deleted; and perhaps the heading The meaning of these parables be used instead, in the beginning of chapter 17.