Lazarus and the Rich Man – part four

He (the Rich man) said, ‘Then,
father, I beg you to send him to
my father’s house—  for I have
five brothers—that he may
warn them, so that they will
not also come into this place of
torment.’ Abraham replied,
‘They have Moses and the
prophets; they should listen to
them.’  He said, ‘No, father
Abraham; but if someone goes
to them from the dead, they
will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If
they do not listen to Moses and
the prophets, neither will they
be convinced even if someone
rises from the dead.’”

The rich man then begs
Abraham. Did you hear that?
He begged. On earth, day after
day Lazarus begged for food at
his gate. Now the formerly rich
man begs Abraham to send
Lazarus to his still living
brothers. Though he shows
concern for his family, even in
his begging he had so little
esteem for Lazarus that he
would order him about as he
would a slave.


Are you still following me?

Pay attention here … this is an
important point that Jesus is
making.


 Abraham bluntly said, ‘They
have Moses and the prophets;
they should listen to them.’


Remember that Jesus is telling
this to the temple rulers, the
Scribes and the Pharisees.
These two different Jewish
sects had different religious
philosophies. The Scribes
based their beliefs strictly on
only the five books of Moses
with disregard for the books of
the prophets and others. The
Pharisees philosophy was
based more on the oral
tradition of the elders rather
than scriptures.  


So Jesus having Abraham say,
‘They have Moses and the
prophets; … they should listen
to them.’
it was pointed
directly at his audience. And
I’m sure that it wasn’t lost on
them.


The story continues, ‘Father
Abraham; if someone goes to
them from the dead, they will
repent.’  He said to him, ‘If
they do not listen to Moses and
the prophets, neither will they
be convinced even if someone
rises from the dead.’”


A little bit of messianic
prophesy thrown in here at
the last, for we know that
many were not convinced
even when Jesus returned
from the dead. 

Prayer
Forgive us, O God, for the times
that you’ve filled our cup to
overflowing and we’ve kept it
all to ourselves instead of
sharing the bounty with those
in need. You have warned us
of the consequence of such
action or inaction and we have
heard.  We will be better
stewards of the resources with
which you have entrusted us.
Amen.

All content (except quotations) ©2019 Thomas E. Williams
Originally published September 18, 2019

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