While of the tradition which forms the setting of this parable little is known, there can be no doubt as to the teaching which our Lord intended to convey through it. It was a direct reproof to the covetous Pharisees who, in deriding his statement that “Ye cannot serve God and mammon” brought upon themselves the denunciation:
“Ye are they which justify yourselves before men, but God knoweth your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”
The following are but a few reflections upon one facet of this parable, however, and while they have no direct bearing upon its main teaching, may yet serve to emphasise the very real contact which the teaching of Christ has with our everyday life and experience.
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Author: Harold E. Craddock
Keywords: Christmas Carol, Rich man, Rich, Riches, Mammon, Rich man and Lazarus, Lazaur, Dives, Dives and Lazarus, Wealth, Money, Money possessions
Bible reference(s): Matthew 6:24, Mat 19:22, Mar 10:22, Luk 12:15, Luke 16:9, Luke 16:11, Luke 16:13, Luk 16:14, Luke 16:19-31, 1 Timothy 6:9-10, 1 Timothy 6:17
Source: “The Rich Man and Lazarus,” The Testimony, Vol. 4, No. 43, July 1934, pp. 217-20.
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