The Rich Man and Lazarus
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. In addition, it happened that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man 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. In addition, 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. However, 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. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’shouse: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Matthew 15:27 and she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs, which fall from their masters’ table. This was the focus point in which Sis. Shatina presented a expository description of a woman who was so depressed she push passed obstacle and perceived and was able to receive a blessing from the Lord, and be declared a women with great faith. While this text is center around Jesus and the Gentile women, it also shows an attitude or disposition of the disciples among who is first thought was to send her way. If it's was up to the disciples one of the biggest deliverance would not have taken place, which shows if we don't take Jesus with you to do ministry we may miss out on doing ministry.
The texts began with Jesus among a multitude of people teaching and expounding on the word of God. Amongst that number were Pharisees, which asked or made statement towards his previous lessons in a critical manner. Which allows Christ to interject a lesson on someone who just wanted a few crumbs? The parable starts with a beggar whom named was Lazarus and a rich man or Dive. The rich man was someone who enjoys the good life and the beggar situation was the total opposite he laid at the rich man's gate. Despite the obvious physical needs and minimal request, the rich man refuses to help or assist him. The two decision and lifestyles made by both men determine their eternal destination. There is a way seems right unto men but the end there of is destruction.
Touch your Neighbors: Be careful how you treat Lazarus
Note: If we do not take Jesus with to do ministry we may miss ministry.
The Rich Man
Lifestyle Earlier in the text Christ says to the Pharisees "Ye are they which justify you before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." God is not telling us that we should not enjoy life or reap the blessings of our labor. Because it declared to be prosperous and be in good health as our souls prosper. Buy the car, get house, take the cruise and do not stop with red bottoms, get some blue bottom it is your money you should enjoy it. However, if your blessings become your blinders then you have chosen your comfort over compassion,