Aug. 24. The Rich Man and Lazarus

Lk. 16:19-31

To further stress the importance of the proper use of one’s money, Jesus told a story of a rich man and a poor beggar named Lazarus. The rich man lived a life of luxury, but Lazarus begged for just the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table.

After they both had died, the rich man, because of his selfish use of money was in torment in Hades and Lazarus was in the bosom of Abraham. Lazarus was not saved because he was poor, but it must be inferred that he was obedient to God.

As the rich man suffered, he became the beggar. He begged for Abraham to send Lazarus to just touch the tip of his tongue with water. That was impossible as there are no second chances after death.

The rich man then became concerned about his five brothers, who were still alive, but were living in sin. He requested that Lazarus be sent back to warn them. Abraham pointed out that if they would not hear the word of God, they would not believe, even though someone were to return from the dead.

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