Today’s Parable is The Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31.
Because this is a parable I won’t get into theology on Heaven and Hell as the rich man is sent to Hades and tormented while the the poor man Lazarus is given a comfortable afterlife in fellowship with Abraham (the father of the Jewish people).
This story of the rich man and poor man parallels quite a bit the lessons of the Old Testament and Jesus’ teachings:
The basic thought of the Torah is that Yahweh is the protector and defender of the poor (Exodus 22:25; 23:3; Leviticus 19:10; 23:22).
“So the last will be first, and the first will be last” (Matthew 20:16).
Earthly rewards vs. Heavenly rewards (Matthew 6:1-21).
The Bible is clear, over and over again, that we are to care for those who need help. We are to look out for the widows, the orphans, and the outcasts. We are the hands and feet of Jesus.
And if we do nothing? That inaction is an action and it displeases God.
Listen to the lyrics of this song Do Something by Matthew West.
That’s about it, folks. As Micah 6:8 says, ” Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.”