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Heed the Warning

July 22, 2020

Read Luke 16: 27-31

He answered, “Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.” Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.” “No, father Abraham”, he said, “but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” (NIV)

Reflect

Are the Scriptures enough evidence for you?

In this parable, Jesus told the story of a rich man and a poor man. The poor man probably suffered from a disability because it said he was “laid at his gate” to beg for food from the rich man. The rich man ignored him and lived a luxurious life.

Eventually, both men died. The rich man is described as being in torment and agony in Hades while the poor man is being comforted at Abraham’s side. First, he asks Abraham to send Lazarus to bring him water to quench his thirst and ease his suffering in the flames.

Even in hell, the rich man doesn’t get it. After years of having the means to ease Lazarus’s earthly suffering, but ignoring him, he has the gall to beg for Lazarus to ease his suffering in eternity. But the tables have turned. Abraham tells him that there is a great chasm between them, and they cannot cross sides.

So, the rich man begs for Lazarus to be sent again. This time as a messenger to warn the rich man’s brothers. But Abraham says that they have already been warned. Moses and the Prophets have warned them what will happen if they do not repent. Still, the rich man claims that if someone goes to them from the dead, then they will believe!

Abraham’s answer gives me chills. He says they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.

Friends, we do not need any more signs or divine messages from Heaven. We have been warned. We have been given a powerful word from Heaven in the Scriptures. We have received Good News. Someone did rise from the dead, and His name is Jesus!  The evidence of Jesus should be more than enough to drive us to belief and repentance.


Pray

Father, thank you for Your Word. You have warned us, and you have made a way for us. Thank you for the promise of life forever with You for those who repent and believe. Amen.

 


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a year ago
Father God thank you for your word and putting the fear of God in me ! No father when I die i want to be eternally with you in Heaven than looking up from hell ! In Jesus name I pray ! ✝️🙏🇺🇸
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a year ago
As a Christ followers are truly follow Jesus Christ is to pick up the cross and follow him.
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a year ago
DEAR ABBA FATHER;JESUS PLEASE I SAY THANKYOUJESUS!@1
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a year ago
Thank you Lord for sending your son for me and my family help us to cling on to you lord and fix our eyes trusting you all times help.our faith to grow each day and thank you Lord for back to the bible organization for the help they render to countries like mine especially during this lockdown period thank you father and bless the people who work in this organization.thank u lord amen
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a year ago
Thank for another wonderful devotion please pray that the lord increase my dedication for leading people to Jesus the best I can just as you guys do! God Bless
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