Read with me now from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 13, Verse 34:
“All these things Jesus spoke toThe multitude in Parables; and Without a parable He did not Speak to them.”
Webster defines a parable as, “A simple story illustrating a moral or religious lesson.”If we use this definition, and combine it with our studies of scripture, it would stand toreason, that we are to obtain a moral or religious understanding from “The Parable of theRich Man and Lazarus.” So, together, let’s read it, analyze it, and learn from it.
Our story begins by contrasting the two main characters, a rich man and a poor man. Therich man is not given a name, but the poor man Jesus calls Lazarus.The rich man is described as being clothed in purple and fine linen. This is to illustratenot only great wealth, but also a great deal of importance, since purple and fine linenoften represents royalty.Deuteronomy 7:6 describes the mind-set of the Jews in the days of Jesus.
“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God Has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.”
Here we have a people who are known, especially among themselves, as God’s chosen people. To use a word more effectively, they were God’s “royalty” here on earth. And because they were His chosen people, they were expected to keep His commandmentsand all of the moral laws. For this obedience, God would bless them among all of theother nations. And through them, He would send the Messiah to redeem the world fromsin. Of course, we can see from Jewish history their many ups and downs on thehistorical timeline. While they were obedient, they
When they became disobedient, they came under the rule of other nations.