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The Great Reversal

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We must live obediently before God now for there are no 'do-overs' after death.

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We must live obediently before God now for there are no ‘do-overs’ after death.

We must live obediently before God now for there are no ‘do-overs’ after death.

1. The life situation of the rich man and Lazarus, 16:19-21.

Luke 16:19–21 NASB95
“Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. “And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.
Luke 16:19-21

2. The life situation reversal for Lazarus and the rich man, 16:22-23.

Luke 16:22–23 NASB95
“Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. “In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luke 16:22-23

3. The three pleas of the rich man, 16:24-31.

1) Plea #1 and response, 16:24-26:

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(1) Plea: “Send Lazarus to give me a little relief,”16:24.

Luke 16:24 NASB95
“And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’

(2) Response:

a. There is no ‘do-overs,’ 16:25.
Luke 16:25 NASB95
“But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.
Luke 16:25
b. There is no crossing over, ever. 16:26.
Luke 16:26 NASB95
‘And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’

2) Plea #2 and response, 16:27-29:

(1) Plea: “Send Lazarus to warn my brothers of their peril,” 16:27-28.

Luke 16:27–28 NASB95
“And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

(2) Response:

a. They have God’s warnings in Moses, the Prophets, 16:29a.
Luke 16:29a NASB95
“But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’
b. They have the same opportunity to obey, 16:29b.
Luke 16:29b NASB95
“But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’
Luke 16:

3) Plea #3 and response, 16:30-31:

(1) Plea: “They will listen if someone from the dead goes to warn them,” 16:30.

Luke 16:30 NASB95
“But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’

(2) Response:

a. If they refuse to listen (obey) Moses, the Prophets (16:31a); then…
Luke 16:31a NASB95
“But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”
Luke 16:31
b. Nothing will persuade them, 16:31b.
Luke 16:31b
Luke 16:31b NASB95
“But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”
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