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Our Journey’s End, Luke 16:19

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I. Two souls (16:19–21)

A. The rich soul ()

Luke 16:19 ESV
19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.

B. The poor soul (16:20–21)

1. His pain ()

Luke 16:20 ESV
20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,

2. His poverty ()

Luke 16:21 ESV
21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.

II. Two spaces (16:22–23)

A. Paradise ()

Luke 16:22 ESV
22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried,

B. Perdition ()

Luke 16:22–23 ESV
22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.

III. Two supplications (16:24–31)

A. The rich man’s prayer concerning relief for his body (16:24–26)

1. The request ()

Luke 16:24 ESV
24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’

2. The refusal ()

Luke 16:25 ESV
25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.

3. The reason ()

Luke 16:26 ESV
26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’

B. The rich man’s prayer concerning redemption for his brothers (16:27–31)

1. The request ()

Luke 16:27–28 ESV
27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’

2. The reasons for the refusal ()

Luke 16:29–31 ESV
29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’ ”
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