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)

 

Shane Bryant (OMIN CLC, DDIV, ADIV, BDIV)

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