The Storyteller: Rich Man and Lazarus Day 2

The Voice of the Dead

But Abraham said, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’ Luke 16:31 (NLT)

I've heard the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus countless times. I always had an issue with it. When the rich man dies and goes to hell he requests Lazarus be sent to his brothers to warn them of the same ugly fate. I always thought that if a dead guy showed up to warn me, I'd listen.

But Jesus tells us that those brothers wouldn't have listened. They already hadn't listened to Moses, or the Prophets, nor would they be impressed by someone who had returned from the dead (sounds like Jesus predicting his future, right?).

Why does Jesus have such a different opinion of people? Surely I would listen! Then I realize that I walk past the same homeless man every morning. All he desires is some spare change, a few crumbs of my wealth. But my focus is on my prosperity and my possessions, so I don't even acknowledge this man. Surely he would misuse my gift. It's then that I know Jesus is right; I don't want to change my ways and neither did those rich man's brothers.

I know I shouldn't feel ashamed about how I have been blessed. But that wealth has a purpose. God intends for it to be a blessing to those around me, especially those in pain, if only I'd pay attention to the One he places in front of me. A dead man, Jesus himself, has returned to call me to pay attention. The question is; will I?