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August 23, 2010

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Nathan Hawkins

Good points. I've also heard another point about his passage. The rich man had Lazerus at his gate the whole time and looked down on him. The rich often saw the poor as their servants and this doesn't change in the rich man's heart even after death. Despite the rich man being in torment and Lazerus being in Abraham's bosom, the rich man still sees himself as worth being served. He addresses Abraham as a figure of authority and supposes Abraham will order Lazarus around to serve his needs. Both to serve him water and then to serve him as a messenger. Never mind the fact Lazerus might not want to serve the rich man nor go back to his life of poverty when he is now "comforted". The whole passage reveals the continuing pride, selfishness and stubborn refusal to see things differently despite the obvious reversal of position in the new reality.

Clive McKegg

So much for repentance in the afterlife eh? He was sorry for himself and scared for his brothers but there was no heart change even in the midst of all that. An strong encouragement to us to examine our attitudes to the people around us - all deserve dignity being created in God's image no matter who messed up. What can we do about that in our community?

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