Essay on The Story of Lazarus and the Rich Man

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The story of Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16:19-31 is perhaps the most vivid description of Hell mentioned in the Bible. Many unbelievers today, however, as well as many believers, erroneously believe that this story was merely a parable and not to be taken as a literal story of an actual event that had taken place. There are many theories and opinions as to what the purpose of this story was and what it was supposed to illustrate. This essay will cover a verse by verse analysis of the story in an attempt to determine the message that Jesus was trying to relay. This essay will also determine whether or not this should be considered a story of an actual event or simply another parable used as method of teaching that was common in …show more content…
Due to the Lord having given Lazarus a proper name, this verse has been the subject of much speculation, as to whether or not this story is based on an actual event or is just a parable that Jesus used to emphasize a point. Perhaps the Lord was sending a strong message about the remembrance of righteous men by referring to Lazarus by his name (Psalm 112:6, Prov. 10:7). Perhaps He was also sending an even stronger message by not giving the rich man a proper name (Psalm 9:5, Prov. 10:7) as a consequence of his wickedness. One interesting coincidence to note, however, is that the name Lazarus is a form of the Hebrew name Eleazar, which was also the name of Abraham’s servant. The fact that Jesus included Abraham, the first Hebrew Patriarch, in the story would suggest that this was an event that had actually taken place. Jesus could have just as easily made his point using another parable without any names. Furthermore, considering that Jesus is the God of the universe, it would not make any sense for Him to have to use any made up parable just to give a teaching. He knows all and sees all. Surely, He has first-hand knowledge of every event that has transpired since the beginning of time. The likelihood that He watched over such events in the lives of the parabolic characters, as they happened, is not far-fetched. I think the book of Job describes God’s omniscience best when it states, “For He looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens”

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