BIBLE ACCENT: Lazarus and the Rich Man


In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus used another example of a rich man to teach His followers a lesson.

Jesus told the parable of a wealthy man who lived a luxurious life, dressing in fine clothes and eating delicious meals every day.

And every day a poor man covered with sores lay outside his door. The man, named Lazarus, would have loved to have a few scraps of food from the rich man’s table, but the rich man did not pay any attention to him.

One day, both the rich man and Lazarus died.

Lazarus was carried away by angels to Abraham in heaven, while the rich man was sent to the netherworld to be tormented for eternity.

When the rich man saw this, he begged Abraham to have pity on him.

Abraham reminded the rich man that he had a good life on Earth while Lazarus had suffered a bad life, which was why Lazarus had found comfort in heaven.

This parable — along with the story of the rich man and Jesus in Mark 10 — warns us that loving wealth and possessions more than God and our neighbors is wrong and can