Today we will be talking about a rich man and the beggar Lazarus.
there was a rich man which was clothed in fine linen, he fared lavishly every day. So, when he got up every day, he felt he had what he needed but there was a beggar that didn’t have anything that you could compare to the rich man. The reason for that is you can’t compare the earthly things with the heavenly things. But here was Lazarus laying at the gate full of sores. Just put yourselves in his shoes. Well that’s kind of a overstatement, Lazarus didn’t have shoes, but if he did you could just imagine how he would feel.
Jesus tells us how he felt, so hungry he desired to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table, he also felt pain having dogs come lick his sores. After that time past, Lazarus died. He was carried by Angels into Abraham’s bosom. The rich man died also and was buried. Notice they went separate places why? Because in Mark 10 : 25 Jesus says it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.
The rich man lifted up his eyes being in torment, he sees far off, and Lazarus in his bosom. So, from this verse we understand he’s in hell. But Lazarus is not. The rich man cries to Abraham asking, have mercy on me, he even asked Abraham to have Lazarus dip the tip of his finger in water to cool his tongue, for he said I am tormented in this flame.
Is it just Me or is it strange that he never asked Lazareth himself? Could be he knows the shame he caused Lazareth.
At this point he is very aware of past and present. Abraham responds saying son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things. But Lazareth evil. But now he is comforted, and you are tormented. To us this would be the worst news ever, but it only gets worse. Abraham adds to his pain with these words, he says besides all this between us and you is a great Gulf, so that they which passed from here to you cannot, neither can you pass to us. His words are simple, he’s saying you’re stuck.
We have been told numerous times that you can choose eternity in heaven or hell. The rich man had his choice and so do we. Which will you choose today? The rich man even says I pray that you will send Lazareth to his father’s house once again I want to point out that he is trying to have Lazareth do things for him, but not once did he do anything for Lazareth.
There is a even bigger side to this story. Not once does Lazarus say the most famous saying that we say; tell me if this sounds familiar, You didn’t do anything for Me, you didn’t feed Me when I was hungry. (1st Corinthians 13 “chapter of love”) no he kept his mouth shut. The rich man told Abraham to have Lazarus to tell his five brothers to warn them for fear that they come to hell to be tormented. So here he shows a form of emotion in that he shows love for his brothers; he doesn’t want them to come to him in hell.
Abraham throws a wrench in the game when he says this, they have Moses and the prophets, let them listen to them. He’s telling them clearly that they have the word to take heed to it. The rich man just won’t stop, he keeps trying. He says this “no” father Abraham, but if just one of you went from the dead, they will repent. That was his last choice to make. Begging in a firmly manner trying his best to save his family. The rich man was beat.
do you want to be like that? in a way it sounds like our lives. We want to do what we want till we can’t then, we beg for better results. Will Abraham has to let his words set in so he says this. if they hear not the Moses, and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded even if one rose from the dead. This last sentence is Jesus the one that rose from the dead. Here is the question; are you persuaded by what Jesus done from His time on earth?
Just look at us now what do you want to do to make changes in your lives. We can’t expect to get to heaven on empty promises. We have a foundation laid that we are to build upon. Jesus is that foundation. We are told in Luke 18: 17; truly I say to you, whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child shall no wise inner there in.
We are told a little clearer in Matthew 18: 3 says truly I say to you, except you be changed, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of heaven. Jesus wants us to go to our father. seek things from him as a little child. Why? because a little child is clean and blameless. And has needs that can only be met by a father. then Jesus says this in Matthew 18: 6 but whosoever cause to stumble one of these little ones which believe in Me, it would be better for him to have a millstone hung around his neck and drowned in the sea.
We are here to lift each other up. That’s the reason for us having fellowship together. James 5: 16 says confess your faults one to another pray for one another that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. The word effectual means effective and avail means accomplishes. And fervent means boiling or fiery when you pray to the father, ask him for the things you need as a fellow Christian, that is our job. Praying for others is very important also. 2nd Corinthians 1: 11 says you also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift given to us by the means of many people’s thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
So, I have a question to ask, who have you prayed for lately. Here’s something to keep in your mind. Let’s say if you had a child and they were on their deathbed. Who would you turn to? Would you pray for them, well if your prayers are heard then they will be answered. John 14: 14 so what’s stopping you from saving somebody else is life.
The rich man could have not only helped Lazarus, but he could have saved his own life and his family’s buy some simple changes in his life.
Please seek godly things; earthly things won’t last. When you’re dead; you’re dead. Just a few minutes out of your day and you could make a big difference.
I ask that you take this moment right now and connect to God. We aren’t promised tomorrow. Please make right now count, pray!