The Parable of Dives and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)

 

CONTEXT: 16: 13-31 – Mammon (entrusting yourself to something or someone)

POINT OF THE PARABLE – WHO OR WHAT IS YOUR GOD [god]

THREE PARTS TO THE PARABLE:

1. The conduct of the rich man1.

2. His fate.

3. And the sufficiency of existing warnings to keep us from his sin and his end.

I have got to tell you that; this parable that we have just read is probably the scariest story in the entire Bible. There is no such story like this and this story about hell is unique to the Book of Luke only. It is scary and sobering at the same time. Even though it is a Parable, one of the points that Jesus is trying to make is that there is indeed a hell where the unsaved reprobate sinner will most definitely end up. Hell is real and the Parable is about the self-absorbed, the self-righteous; those that reject truth even when the truth is undeniable! This Parable is directed straight to the Pharisees and Scribes who deemed themselves super-righteous and the rest of mankind wicked sinners!

Jesus had much to say about hell. In fact, the entire Bible has much to say in reference to hell. Allow me to give you some Scripture references about hell.

OLD TESTAMENT!

Psalm 9:17; 112:10.

Proverbs 15:24.

Ezekiel 18:20.

NEW TESTAMENT!

Matthew 8:12; 10:28; 13:28, 42, 50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30, 41, 46.

Mark 9:43.

2 Thessalonians 1:9

2 Peter 2:4

Jude 1:7

Revelation 19:20; 20:13-14; 28:8

A. THERE IS NO REPENTANCE IN HELL (Verse 24)

B. THE GREAT CHASM (GULF) – HELL AND HEAVEN (Verse 26)

C. MOSES AND THE PROPHETS (Verse 29)

D. IF SOMEONE IS RAISED FROM THE DEAD (Verse 31)

John 11:1-5; 12-14; 38-53; John 12:9-11.

“The sinner in hell would give everything that he had and do everything that he could to make the number of his sins in this life one less… Just to get 1 ounce less of torment… Hell is more horrible than anyone of us can ever contemplate”. (R.C. Sproul)

 

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The Parable of the Sheep – Luke 15; Matthew 18

 

Jesus uses the Parable of the Sheep in two sections of Scripture.

Some would say that the accounts of this specific parable are in conflict and seem to contradict each other especially among those who are antagonistic towards the Bible and, moreover, to the fact that the Bible is the inerrable, infallible word of God. They would say something like this, “… You see, the Bible is full of contradictions and here again, in two Gospels the same exact same parables are in direct conflict with each other and, therefore, the Bible contradicts itself… it cannot be the Word of God and neither is it applicable to our 21st-century society and culture…”

Well, in both cases, that is; both Parables about the Sheep, are the same analogy but used in two different contexts. Even a normal human being may very well use the same analogy and use it in various contexts depending on the application and the people one is speaking to. Matthew 18 uses the Parable of the Sheep in the context of those Christians that have gone astray and have backslidden, whereas, Luke 15 uses the same Parable in the context of those who are lost, admit they are lost, and then Jesus places this in contrast to the self-righteous and the self-sufficient and the elite-minded religious person who is forever pointing out the wrongs in someone else’s life and not being able to see their own sinful nature, even when [s]he is exposed to the light of the truth and yet still rejects that truth outrightly!

Luke 15:1-7

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

1Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

3So he told them this parable: 4“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Matthew 18:10-14

10“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.d 12What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

 

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The Agony Of Being Double-Minded With God

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Double-mindedness is cause for agony in any arena:

  • Who wants an employee who has never decided to kick it in 100% with the company?
  • Or someone on the athletic team who is half-hearted?

Having our affections divided between God and the world is like a guy standing on two chunks of ice that are floating in opposite directions. Disaster is imminent!

Here’s how Francois Fenelon addresses this business of double-mindedness:

Woe unto those weak and timid souls who are divided between God and their love for the world!

They want and they do not want.

They are torn by passion and remorse at the same time.

They fear the judgments of God and those of others.

They have a horror of evil and a shame of good.

They have the pains of virtue without tasting its sweet consolations.

O how wretched they are!…

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