In our frequently asked questions (FAQ) today, we are going to answer the question: what can we learn from the story of the rich man and Lazarus?
But before we answer this question, let’s outline the bible verse where we have that story.
Bible verse about the story of the rich man and Lazarus.
“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.
But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table.
Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom.
The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.Luke 16:19-23.
What we can learn from the story of the rich man and Lazarus.
The story of the rich man and Lazarus simply teaches us not to be selfish and greedy, especially to the beggars.
In the story of the rich man and Lazarus; we can clearly see how the rich man had all the good things of life while he was here on earth, while Lazarus on the other hand was just a poor and wretched beggar.
But in the afterlife, both men were forced to switch their positions. Lazarus became the one in the better place while the rich man was suffering.
If only the rich man had given some food to Lazarus while on earth, there would have been a way for him to render the help he needed.
This story should therefore teach us how to be kind towards the less privileged we have in our midst.
Remember that this is the only thing that will save us from the last day of judgment as we can see from the only recorded last judgment in Mathew 25:31-46.
In that bible portion, we discover that Jesus is going to judge us based on how we took care of and looked out for our fellow human beings; especially the less privileged and the unfortunate.
He repeatedly says: ‘whatever you do to the least of your brothers, you do it to me. Now enter into the home of my Father”.
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