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The Rich Man and Lazarus by Plumer

The Rich Man and Lazarus by Plumer

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BY REV. WM. S. PLUMER, D.D.
Luke xvi. 19 — 31.
BY REV. WM. S. PLUMER, D.D.
Luke xvi. 19 — 31.

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THE RICH MA AD LAZARUS BY PLUMER BY REV. WM. S. PLUMER, D.D.There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purpleand fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day : and there wasa certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, fullof sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell fromthe rich man*s table : moreover the dogs came and licked hissores. And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was car-ried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich ••man alsodied, and was buried : and in hell he lifted up his eyes, being intorments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.And 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. ButAbraham said. Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime re-ceivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things : butnow he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And besides allthis, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed : so thatthey which would pass from hence to you cannot ; neither canthey pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, Ipray thee, therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to myfather's house : for I have five brethren ; that he may testifyunto 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, !"ay, father Abraham : but13194 THE RICH MA AD LAZARUS.if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. Andhe said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets,neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. — Luke xvi. 19 — 31.
 
In these Words we have an account of two men very-different in heart, in life, and in their last end.I. One of them was a beggar. His name wasLazarus. This word means the Help of God, AndGod was the only help he had. He had no money,no home, no friends, no helper. Some persons, weknow not who, laid him at the entrance to the houseof the rich man. But he was helpless himself, and/?^//of sores. What was the nature or the cause of hisdisease we know not, further than that it made him aloathing to himself and others. He seems to have beenbut little cared for. The dogs came and licked his sores.He seems to have been a modest man. He desired to befed with the portion that is commonly given to thedogs, the crumbs which fell from the rich marCs table.Whether he got even so much we do not know. Howlong he was sick, and sore, and lying at the gate, weknow not. He may have had many a dark night andmany a dismal day. • But to the righteous there comesat last an end of pain. So it is added, the beggar died.It is probable no man saw him die ; but the angelswere about, and God was with him. We are not evenTHE RICH MA AD LAZARUS. 195told that he was buried. Possibly some one had kind-ness enough to dig a grave, and lay away his poor body.But all was well with his soul. He was carried hy theangeU into Abraham b bosom. What must have beenhis feelings as he bade farewell to this cold and cruelworld ! Cold and nakedness, hunger and thirst, painsand sickness, languor and frightful dreams, all gonefor ever ! How bright and glorious, how kind andbrotherly, his new companions ! They carried him onand on till he reached Abraham's bosom, and at thefeast above he took his seat next that great believer,now glorified in heaven. He seems to have been a
 
great saint. He had borne and had had patience invery great trials, perhaps not a whit less than those of the father of the faithful. He had come out of thefurnace like gold seven times purified.n. The other of these two men was rich — ^howrich we know not, except that he had clothing com-monly worn by kings and princes- He was clothed inpurple and fine linen. And he kept a fine table. Hefared sumptuously every day. He doubtless had hisfriends around him. He believed in good eating andgood drinking. Those who were fond of his daintiesno doubt praised him much. They praised him toeach other. They called him a good fellow. Howlong he lived in this way we know not, but he outUved196 THE RICH MA AD LAZARUS.Lazarus. At length, it is said, TIte rich man also died.Whether he died suddenly or lingered long in pain,whether in his last hours his mind was calm or troubled,rational or delirious, we know not. But we are toldthat he loas buried. It is probable there was a greatfuneral. Perhaps some one made an oration, and toldof his many good quaUties. Perhaps there were manylies uttered over him.But while these things were going on in this worldthe rich man was very differently occupied in anotherworld. He lifted up his eyes in hell being in torments.On earth he had been heedless of eternal things, butat last he lifted up his eyes ; he began to pay attention — to look at things as they really were. He was inhell, in torments. The first thing he saw was Abrahamafar of, and Lazarus in his bosom. How changed washis state — ^but not more so than that of Lazarus ! Hewas a Jew, and cried, "Pather Abraham, have mercy

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