The Rich Man and the Beggar Named Lazarus

Luke 16:19-31

There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and feasted lavishly every day.

And there was a beggar named Lazarus, who was laid at the rich man’s gate, full of sores, begging to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. And the dogs came and licked his sores.

The beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom.

The rich man also died and was buried.

In Hell the rich man lift up his eyes, being in torments, and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

The rich man: Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

Abraham: Son, remember that in your lifetime, you received good things, and Lazarus received evil things: but now he is comforted, and you are tormented. Besides all this, there is a great gulf fixed between us and you, so that those who would pass from here to you cannot; and those, who would come from there, can not pass to us.

The rich man: I pray, father, that you would send Lazarus to my father’s house that he may testify to them lest they also come into this place of torment, for I have five brothers.

Abraham: They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

The rich man: No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will repent.

Abraham: If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded even if one rose from the dead.


In hell, the rich man:

— has eyes and can see.

— can reason that water will cool his tongue

–wants relief

remembers his life and family

recognizes Lazarus and Abraham

The word torment is used 4 times.

The rich man is “in this flame.”

Other things we know about Hell.

–It is a prepared place. (Matthew 25:41)

–Everlasting fire (Matthew 25:41), The fire is not quenched (Mark 9:44,46,48)

–outer darkness (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30) No light. In heaven God and the Lamb will be the light. (Revelation 21:33)

–There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 24:51, 25:30)

–The worm does not die. (Mark 9:44,46,48)

–Everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46

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Martha and Mary

We are introduced to the sisters, Martha and Mary, in Luke 10:38-42.

Jesus entered a certain village (we find out later it was Bethany), and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.

Martha had a sister called Mary, who sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving.

Martha: Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me.

Jesus: Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.

We hear of them two other times.

In John 11, their brother Lazarus died, and Jesus raised him from the dead.

In John 12, Jesus was at a supper a day or two before he was crucified (Matthew 26:2). Martha was again serving, and Lazarus was at the table with Jesus. Mary was again at the feet of Jesus. She anointed his feet with an expensive fragrant ointment and wiped them with her hair. Jesus said she did this to prepare his body for burial.

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Moses and Jesus

At the end of Genesis, Joseph brought his father, brothers and their families to Egypt because of the famine. Joseph was about 40 years old at that time, and he lived to be 110 (Genesis 50:26). But then years passed and Joseph was forgotten, and the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves.

After 400 years of slavery (Genesis 15:13), God provided a deliverer. Moses spent 40 years in the palace of pharaoh (Acts 7:23) and 40 years as a shepherd in Midian (Acts 7:30). Then God spoke to him from a burning bush and sent him to Egypt to free the Israelites from slavery (Exodus 3-4).

Moses is a picture of Christ. Moses delivered the people from physical bondage in Egypt, and Christ delivers us from the spiritual bondage of sin.

The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17)

If you want to read more about Moses and Jesus, here are a few passages.

A new covenant in Christ (2 Corinthians 3:7-18)

Jesus is greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:1-6)

Salvation through faith in Christ, not through obeying the law (Romans 3:1-11)

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Jesus: The week before the crucifixion

What was going on during the week before the crucifixion?

John tells us in chapter 11 that “the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves.” (vs 55)

Chapter 12 starts by letting us know that Jesus also went early.

Six days before the passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. (John 12:1 )

Jesus entered Jerusalem on the next day (John 12:12)

That’s what is called the “triumphant entry.” You know the scene: Jesus on the donkey and the people cheering and putting garments and palm branches down in his path. Shouts of Hosanna.

That evening Jesus …went out of the city (Jerusalem) into Bethany; and he lodged there. (Matt 21:17)

Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off. (John 11:18) A furlong is 1/8 of a mile, so Bethany was less than 2 miles from Jerusalem.

Now in the morning as he returned into the city… (Matthew 21:18)

and he taught daily in the temple. (Luke 19:47)

Jesus taught daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him, And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him. (Luke 19:47-48)

Jesus stayed in Bethany at least two nights then stayed at the mount of Olives.

And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives. And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, to hear him. (Luke 21:37-38)

….on one of those days,…Jesus taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel… (Luke 20:1) Wow I never noticed that, he preached the gospel.

And as Jesus sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately… Matthew 24:3

Two days before the Passover (Matthew 26), they made a supper for Jesus in Bethany, and many came. Lazarus sat with Jesus, Martha served and Mary anointed his feet with expensive, fragrant oil and wiped them with her hair. Jesus said she did this for his burial. (John 12:2-8)

Then Jesus ate the Passover supper with his disciples (Matthew 26:17-30), and Judas left to betray Jesus (John 13:21-30).

After the Lord’s Supper, “when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.” (Matthew 26:30)

Judas knew Jesus planned to go to the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives (John 18:1-2). It was there that Jesus prayed (Matthew 26:36-46). It was there that Judas brought the “”great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people” to arrest Jesus (Matthew 26:47-56). His hurried trial took place during the night and early morning. And he was crucified that day.

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Ladies, Use Valentine’s Day to encourage a friend!

Valentine Messages for your Friend

– You inspire me

– God’s love binds us together

– You encourage me

– I love you and God loves you too

– You are a blessing

– Your friendship means a lot to me

– I’m so glad you are a part of my life

– You are an example of a godly woman

– The sweet spirit of God binds us together

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Jesus’ Years of Ministry

We can count the years of Jesus’ ministry by the Passovers.

He began his ministry after the Passover where he cleansed the temple. (John 2:13)

Beginning of 2nd year of ministry-The disciples ate grain as they walked through the grain field, and the Pharisees accused them of working on the Sabbath. This occurred just after a Passover. The Passover isn’t mentioned but it says “Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first…” (Luke 6:1) This was the way the sabbaths were counted from Passover to the Feast of Weeks.

Beginning of 3rd yr of ministry, Jesus fed the 5,000 and the Passover was near. (John 6:4)

His third year of ministry ended on the Passover when he was crucified.

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The Good Shepherd

Jesus said:

I am the Good Shepherd;

I know My sheep,

and my own sheep know me…

I lay down My life for the sheep.

I have other sheep which are not of this fold;

I must bring them into this fold also,

and they will hear My voice;

and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

(John 10:14-16)

But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep.

My sheep hear My voice,

and I know them,

and they follow Me.

And I give them eternal life,

and they shall never perish;

And no one can snatch them out of My hand.

(John 10:26-28)

The shepherds brought their flocks together at the well to water them.

When the shepherd left the well, he called to his sheep

and his sheep knew his voice

and came out from among the other sheep

and followed his shepherd .

The shepherd guides the sheep to green pastures.

The shepherd protects the sheep from harm.

The shepherd keeps the sheep on the right path.

The shepherd searches for the lost sheep.

The shepherd brings the sheep into the safety of the fold.

Matthew 18:12-13

If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray,

he leaves the ninety-nine and goes to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?

And if he finds it, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.

We are the sheep.

We hear the voice of the good shepherd,

And we come out from among all the people of the world,

And we follow our good shepherd.

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