Monday, August 8, 2005

Luke - Son of Abraham

Luke 16:23  And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luke 16:24  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.

The rich man still has contempt for Lazarus. Send Lazarus to cool my tongue, even to dip his finger in water. Hellfire, is a hot place for those who refuse God's way in this life. He appeals to Father Abraham as a son of Abraham. That is not enough to be right with God. Jesus spoke to proud Pharisees who trusted in their connection to Abraham, but opposed Jesus, the promised Messiah from Abraham and God.  

John 8:39  They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
John 8:40  But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
John 8:41  Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
John 8:42  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
John 8:43  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 8:45  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

The Rich man was connected by blood to Abraham, but his heart was on his wealth, while on earth. He had no compassion for those in need. He was in need spiritually, but was blind.

Luke 16:25  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.  

It is more than being rich or poor. The heart must believe the promises of God. The promise of a Messiah to come, who would take away our sins.

Luke 16:26  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.
Luke 16:27  Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
  Still, he sees Lazarus as a lowly servant.
Luke 16:28  For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Luke 16:29  Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

They had Moses and the prophets who spoke of the one who would come. Still most Jews are blinded, not seeing Jesus as their Messiah. The day will come for Israel to see.  

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Luke 16:30  And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
Luke 16:31  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

 So true, for Jesus would arise from the grave and still most of His Jewish brethren would not receive him. The time is coming, hard times, but Israel will receive their Messiah. It was too late for the rich man, but it is not too late for you to receive Jesus and escape eternity in hell. Heaven is the home for God's newborn children. The choice is now, receive the Lord Jesus Christ,the Promise of God for your salvation.  

1 comment:

spacecowboy123 said...

The rich man was blind and seemed so even after his death. All should take heed and take inventory and ask God to help us see clearly. The rich man's blindness was not congenital; rather it increased as he allowed wealth to blind him as he became independent from God. Wealth gives the illusion of power.
Before we think to ourselves we would not do as the rich man did...No one starts out thinking I will be deceived. gh