It’s a terrible truth that we – even dedicated believers – often painfully underestimate the power contained within the Scriptures. I will honestly say that there are portions of the Bible that, at times, feel to some as though they drag-on. This is our problem though, not some issue with the Word itself; we often desire to be entertained or provoked, and in the long passages of genealogical information and the like, some people find themselves slipping into disinterest. That’s not to say that this material isn’t valuable! Never make the mistake of ever considering anything in the Scriptures as useless or fluffy or just bulk material; every single word, every single phrase, every name and number has it place and purpose and is there because the Lord directed it to be. What’s really profound is when we take the time to dig into these places – indeed the Word as a whole – and see that there is so much more than just the obvious words on the page before us…
Those who are burning in Hell, those who will yet be cast into the fire, were not thrown into darkness by a vengeful god. They made a choice! An eternally regrettable one. They set their destiny by filling their plate with the lusts of the flesh! They anchored themselves to Hell – just as so many who are alive today – with every single sin. Christ is the only hope any of us have! Jesus is the only way to avoid the torment of Hell!
One day, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess the sovereignty of the Lord! Doubters and believers alike will all stand before the King at some point. Will you stand before him in the light of salvation?
He’s begging, him, this rich man. He knows it’s too late for him, but he is begging in this passage for an opportunity – some way or another – to warn those headed in his footsteps. What happens next? This figure he sees as Abraham answers, and he says what? He says they have the Scriptures, let them read them!
Continue reading “Hell & the Rich Man, Part 10”
You have a choice to make, friend. Do you live for the flesh? Do you choose to fill your belly with all the good things of this world, and all the delicious sins it has to offer? Or, do you acknowledge the God of creation, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, the Author of Salvation! Don’t waste your life…
The rich man found himself in Hell. He looked up and saw Lazarus, the man who in life was not worthy of his attention and his mercy. Now though, as he writhes in agony in the darkness – where the worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched – he cries out to the figure of Abraham as he sees it, calling to him louder than we can imagine Lazarus ever cried out at his gate!
What of the rich man? After his life of self-indulgence, where do we find him? What does the Word say of him? In life, he enjoyed the best there was, but where do we find him in death?
Let me tell you something, friends, death comes to us all! Great, small, rich, poor, we all will one day step into eternity, no matter what our standing or circumstances are in this life. As someone once said:
“Death blends the sceptre with the spade
With equal pace, impartial fate
Knocks at the palace, as the cottage gate
Nor crown nor coin can halt time’s flight
Or stay the armies of the night
King and villain, lad and lass,
All answer to the hourglass…”
Turning back to the Scripture here, we aren’t told specifically of the relationship between the rich man and Lazarus. We don’t know if the rich man mistreated the beggar, or if he simply ignored his presence outside the gate. What we do know though is that he knew of Lazarus, and that he apparently had no concern for his state of being…
It truly is better to give than receive. This was a great truth missed by the rich man here in Luke. As he enjoyed the opulence of his life, he did nothing to help those suffering, even the one just outside his own gate! This man’s sin wasn’t his diet or clothes, it was his self-indulgence while he overlooked “the least of these!”
Continue reading “Hell & the Rich Man, Part 4”