For some reason, the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man told by Jesus Christ has been on my mind for several weeks. I keep looking at it over and over. There's something about it that we are missing. What is this Parable?
I was taught that this was a true event that had already taken place. Jesus was telling people what had already happened. Yet, I don't think so anymore. I've been finding scriptures to prove this. Let's dissect this together.
*Note: This is my own perspective and views of this parable. I will provide scriptures to prove my points, to show how they match. If you see more in this Parable, please share and provide scriptures. This Parable is in Luke, chapter 16, from verses 19 to 31.
The Rich Man in the Parable was shown to be enjoying his wealth and luxuries of the world. I believe he represents those who love the world and their possessions. (v19)
Lazarus was a poor beggar who suffered and had nothing in his life. He was a leper and the dogs licked his sores. I believe that he represents the resurrection, as the real Lazarus rose from the dead. *(note: there are two different Lazarus in the Bible)* (v20, 21)
The Rich Man died and was buried (v22)
Lazarus was carried by Angels (v22)
The fact that Lazarus was carried by Angels proves this wasn't a past event, but a future event that has not happened yet. The Bible says that God will send his angels to the four corners of the Earth to gather his elect on the LAST DAY. The Harvest is at the end of the World. (References: Rev 7:1-3, Matthew 13:39)
The Rich Man was in torments (which mean sorrow in Greek) and he was in Hell (which is "Hades" in the original Greek, which means grave). The Rich Man is in death. (v23, 24)
The consumed tongue represents death. (v24)
Another interpretation of the tongue is cotton-mouth which comes with fear.
Lazarus was not in death nor in the grave. He is in LIFE. (v23)
The Greek translation for "in this Flame" is more accurately, "by reason of this flame."
There is a gulf between life and death that no one has ever crossed, except Christ Jesus. He crossed from death into life everlasting. When we have Christ, we shall cross over from death into life everlasting. The graves cannot hold us, and death has no victory over us! (v26)
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." (John 5:24)
Why is Lazarus cradled in Abraham's Bosom? I wondered about that. Abraham was comforting him and he appears as a fatherly figure. What does that mean? Oh! When we have faith on Jesus Christ, we become the seed of Abraham, and the children of promise! (v22)
"Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed." (Galatians 3:7,8)
"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:29)
Why did the Rich Man ask Abraham to send Lazarus unto his brothers so they may believe? (v27-31) The Rich Man thought his family would believe if Lazarus went up to them because he is alive now. He has risen from the dead. Abraham is also risen at this point, because right now Abraham is dead in the grave.
Is the Rich Man alive in the grave? No, that is why this is a parable that illustrates Jesus' point. When the dead die, they have no remembrance, no thoughts. The Rich man is in sorrow because he is dead and cannot be in life. Is he really speaking aloud? No. (references: Psalm 146:3-4, Ecc 9:5, Psalm 115:17, Psalm 6:5)
Jesus used many parables to speak to his disciples, and this is one of them.
"And with many such parables spoke He the Word unto them, as they were able to hear it. But without a parable spoke he not unto them; and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples." Mark 4:33-34.
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