Luke 16: 24-31
Habakkuk 2: 9-11
Psalm 127: 1
Luke 16: 24 A parable of Jesus concerning eternity.
A rich man has died and is in torment in Hades as a result of his self serving pursuit of money, and lack of mercy, in violation of the Laws of God. A poor man, Lazarus, has also died and is comforted in Abrahams bosom.
Luke 16: 24 The rich man in Hades, looked far away and saw Abraham and Lazarus: “And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’
“But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.'”
Have you ever wondered why, in this scene portrayed, anyone would want to cross over from ‘here to you’, or from ‘heaven’ to ‘hell’? It has to do with the heart attitude of those who are in heaven, their nature has not changed from earth to the heavenlies, that is why they are there. If afforded the opportunity, mercy and love still reigns in their heart and mind, and surely they might attempt such a crossing. Plus if Abraham called for Lazarus to go, he would obey.
In contrast to this attitude, the rich man, who never actually even noticed Lazarus on earth, now notices him, and in an unrepentant attitude still calls out his demands, ‘Have mercy,’ ‘Send Lazarus,’ ‘Bring water.’ The rich man shows no repentance, but expects still to be waited on, hand and foot. He is in Hades because of these attitudes: selfishness, pride, comfort for himself at any cost to others.
Habakkuk 2: 9-11 Speaks to this attitude: “Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house, who sets his nest on high, to be delivered from calamity! You have devised a shameful thing for your house, cutting off many peoples, you are sinning against yourself. Surely the stones of your house will cry out against you from the walls, and the rafters will answer it from the framework.” Those who build only for themselves, who set up empires of safety to exclude others, are building in vain.
Psalm 127: 1. “Unless the LORD build the house, they labor in vain who build it.” (The house being their lifetime, their family, their eternal being, their legacy, their ministry to God)
On this earth we are given the opportunity to repent of known sin, to show mercy, to give of our money, talents, gifts, for the good of others, and the furtherance of God’s kingdom. We are given grace and peace from heaven above, so that we might live gracious and peaceful lives.
We are given choices while on earth, knowing God, and being changed by Him, will last forever.