96 A dead man wants to tell his brothers about his eternal torment.

Luke 16:19–31

Do you think Jesus’ story about the rich man and the beggar was hypothetical or from first-hand knowledge (Luke 16:19–21)? Why?

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If God loves both the rich and the poor, why are they left to live in their different conditions (Luke 16:19–21)?

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While alive on Earth, how might the rich man have suffered and the beggar have been blessed (Luke 16:19–21)?

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When the rich man and Lazarus died, where did they go (Luke 16:22–24)?

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If the angels carried Lazarus, who carried the rich man (Luke 16:22–24)? Why?

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What was the nature of the rich man’s suffering (Luke 16:22–24)?

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How was the rich man able to communicate with Abraham (Luke 16:22–24)? Why did he think Lazarus could help?

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Why did Abraham point out the good times that the rich man had once enjoyed (Luke 16:25–26)?

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What kind of warning did the rich man want delivered to his brothers (Luke 16:27–28)?

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If the brothers had not listened to Moses and the prophets, why did the rich man think a messenger from the dead would make a difference (Luke 10:29–31)?

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How did Abraham know that someone raised from the dead wouldn’t convince the brothers (Luke 10:31)?

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There was a rich man,” Jesus said, “who dressed in expensive clothes and lived in luxury. At the gate to his house lay a poor beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores. While Lazarus longed for a few leftover scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs licked his sores.

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Luke 16:19–21 “There was a rich man,” Jesus said, “who dressed in expensive clothes and lived in luxury. At the gate to his house lay a poor beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores. While Lazarus longed for a few leftover scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs licked his sores.
King James

Luke 16:19–21 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

“One day, the beggar died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, but his soul was in torment. In the place of the dead, the rich man saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. He shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me. Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am suffering in these flames.’

Eyewitness

Luke 16:22–24 “One day, the beggar died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, but his soul was in torment. In the place of the dead, the rich man saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. He shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me. Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am suffering in these flames.’
King James

Luke 16:22–24 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, 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 said, ‘Son, remember all the good things you received during your life. Lazarus lived in misery, but now he is comfortable while you are in agony. Besides, a great abyss separates you and me. No one can cross over.’

Eyewitness

Luke 16:25–26 “Abraham said, ‘Son, remember all the good things you received during your life. Lazarus lived in misery, but now he is comfortable while you are in agony. Besides, a great abyss separates you and me. No one can cross over.’
King James

Luke 16:25–26 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

“The rich man said, ‘I beg you, Father, if Lazarus cannot come to me, send him to my father’s house. At least he can warn my five brothers there so they will avoid this place of torment.’

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Luke 16:27–28 “The rich man said, ‘I beg you, Father, if Lazarus cannot come to me, send him to my father’s house. At least he can warn my five brothers there so they will avoid this place of torment.’
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Luke 16:27–28 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

“‘They already have Moses and the prophets,’ Abraham said. ‘Your brothers can listen to them.’

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Luke 16:29 “‘They already have Moses and the prophets,’ Abraham said. ‘Your brothers can listen to them.’
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Luke 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

“‘Oh, no, Father Abraham. If a messenger is sent from the dead, they will surely turn from their sins.’

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Luke 16:30 “‘Oh, no, Father Abraham. If a messenger is sent from the dead, they will surely turn from their sins.’
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Luke 16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

“But Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced, even if someone rises from the dead.’”

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Luke 16:31 “But Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced, even if someone rises from the dead.'”
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Luke 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.