12/6/15 Take Heed To God’s Word, It Will Save Your Eternal Soul

“But the rich man wasn’t ready to give up completely.  With the only bit of caring in his heart, he begged Abraham, ‘Then please, Father Abraham, send Lazarus to my 5 brothers.  Have him tell them about this place of torment so that they won’t suffer the same fate as me.’  For the rich man knew that his brothers were no better than he had been in his life on earth.  But Abraham answered the man, ‘Your brothers must learn the same way as everyone else, through the writings of Moses and the prophets.’  The rich man pleaded, ‘They already know what Moses and the prophets wrote, and it didn’t make any difference to any of us in the way we’ve lived.  But if someone comes back from the dead, they will listen to him.’  Abraham shook his head sadly and replied, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen to anyone coming back from the dead either.  What could Lazarus say that is not already written and available to them?’”  Finishing the story, Jesus looks sternly at all of the Pharisees in the group, His meaning clear:  the Pharisees are in danger of suffering the same fate as the rich man in the story, and just as stubborn as his brothers in not listening to the truth written for them in the scriptures.  But the Pharisees pay Him no attention, simply glaring back at Him with loathing in their eyes.

Luke 16:27-31

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