Luke 16:20-31And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
What will it take for people to wake up and hear the warning that God’s word gives us? All through history mankind has turned a deaf ear to warnings, signs, wonders, and judgments. Noah in his time warned the people that a great flood was coming, but they mocked him, and turned away. Lot lived in Sodom and God sent angels to warn him of the rain of fire that would soon come. Lot no doubt tried to warn others but still they thought he was joking. Notice how the bible says that the angels had to take Lot and his family out of Sodom? They were not ready to leave! They were turning away but by the Mercy of God they were taken out of Sodom. Jeremiah the Prophet warned the People of Judah for over 40 years and they turned a deaf ear.
The prophecies for the coming Messiah were taught and told by the people for many years, and when Jesus came he fulfilled everyone. But the people turned a deaf ear and were blinded by there own selfish desires, their wills, and their plans. The salvation of the righteous is because of God’s mercy, not by mankind’s own doing. We are saved by grace.
We today have the living word of God. Some might say well the bible was written by man, and it has been translated so many times. How can we trust that? I say by faith and obedience in God’s word!
2Timothy3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
1Peter1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
But you can’t tell that to most self proclaiming Christians today! They may come to church on Sunday, holding their breath through the service, and fixing their minds on the things of the world, turning a deaf ear to the message given. Then they walk out with a great exhale and sigh of relief, as they check their Facebook status or tune their radios to the ballgame.
I have come to preach the word of God. I have come to preach the truth. I am a watchman on the wall, sounding a trumpet. You may not be addicted to drugs, alcohol, or pornography but,if there is anything in your life that you’re putting before God, it is grieving the Holy Spirit. It is the unholy trinity Me, Myself, and I. It is selfishness focusing on what you want and it’s adding on more brick to the tower of Babel!
This parable set’s before us the Wrath of God to come. It is designed to wake us up. Many people today claim to know God.
They don’t pray to him.
They don’t read the bible.
They don’t fellowship with the saints.
They are not teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of Christ Jesus is to connect us to poverty and affliction and to arm us against temptations, and worldliness. In this parable spiritual things are represented in a story of good and bad in this world, and the other world. It is a fact that Christians in poverty and miseries die and go to heaven to an everlasting life of joy and peace. People who are rich and live lives of luxury, who are ruthless to the needy and poor, die and go into a state of eternal torment.
I remember when I was working for a radio station in St. Louis, we were doing a live remote, and this homeless man came up asking for a few bucks. The promotion director was very rude to the homeless man. He showed no compassion for the homeless man at all. I remember feeling very sad for the homeless man, but also feeling very angry against the promotion director. Who was he in his position in life to judge this homeless man? As if his life in God’s eyes had a greater value than this homeless man’s life.
Jesus came so that we all would have life through him eternally.
Jesus came to give us understanding of another world and in this parable he does it.
It is for us to learn and to carefully consider.
The conditions of the wicked rich man, and a godly poor man in the eyes of the world.
Jew’s of the old world thought a godly person, who was prosperous, meant that they were a righteous person.
If you were a person living in poverty, then you must have unrepented sin in your life.
The same stereotypes or in our world today. We seem to judge by the quantity that a person has and not by the quality of the heart.