The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

How will You End? The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

Bible Text

Luke 16 : 19 - 31

19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 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;

23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 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.

25 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.

26 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.

27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:

28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

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.

What is a Parable?

  • A Parable is a short fictitious story used to explain a religious principle
  • It can be termed as a figure of speech or a metaphor
  • A Parable can also be a Proverb (John 16:25)

In the text (Luke 16:19- 31), Jesus narrated the parable of the rich man and Lazarus so that He could teach us some heavenly principles.

It is important to note that, no matter the amount of wealth a man has, it cannot determine where he will end up. The fact that an individual is poor or rich does not conclude where he/she will spend eternity.

There are some things you cannot settle in heaven. The moment an individual die and leaves the earth, that is the end. It therefore necessary that as believers that we should be careful with the way we live our lives here on earth; because, rapture can occur at any time.

Lessons or Principles to be taken from this Parable

  1. Whether Rich or Poor, (Genesis 13:2 – Abram was very rich; Genesis 26:13 – Isaac was great; Genesis 32:4-5 – Jacob was blessed with oxen, asses, men and maid servants; 2 Corinthians 8:9 – Jesus Christ became poor for our sakes) the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Exodus 3: 6) admonishes us to seek His kingdom and righteousness (Matthew 6:33)
  1. The existence of Heaven and Hell. Heaven is real and Hell is real. (1 Peter 4:18)
  1. As Christians, we must recognize that we are in a race of life and must do all it takes to make heaven.
  1. Do not love wealth and leave God.
  1. In all that you do, remember that you will give account at the end of it all. We will all be judged according to our works here on earth.


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