Bible Reading Day 109
Day 109 – Luke 16:19-31
The onslaught against the rich religious rulers continues today. Yesterday Jesus told the parable of the shrewd manager, with the application that you cannot serve both God and money. Today He tells the story of the rich man and Lazarus.
This story is very sobering to those of us who have a comparatively easy life – food to eat, a safe place to sleep, a job or other source of income, and the security of predictability. In the story, the rich man cares only for himself, and ignores the need around him. When he dies, he finds himself in torment, having already received his comfort, while Lazarus goes to be with Abraham where he is comforted. The rich man begs Abraham to send warning to his family and friends, and also begs for a little comfort himself, but is told that conditions now are final (which they were not before), and that there is already enough information about how to live for anyone willing to listen. Since Jesus is telling this story on his way to Jerusalem to be killed and rise from the dead, there is great significance in the final sentence of His teaching: “If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even if someone rises from the dead.”
May God help us to be sensitive to His voice, and attentive to the needs around us, so that we can be found faithful to what pleases Him.
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