Our food for your soul is taken from a certain rich man who fared well in his life on earth but went to hell after death. When he cried and asked for mercy, he was reminded to “Remember” some things about
his lifetime on earth. This was a late hour to think them over. But, every person should do their thinking while they have an opportunity to repent and fix their wrongs.

Listen to the text in Luke 16:25, “But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime received thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou are tormented.”

In v.19, we learn that this other man, was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day.

The story of the rich man and Lazarus is a true one. The Lord referred to it as a fact. In fact, it’s true that Jesus spoke often in parables, but would start his stories with such statements, “And he spake a parable
unto them,” or, “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto,” or “The kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far county,” and at other times when the writers related some of his parables, they would start with such statements, “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying,” but here in Luke when He related the story of the rich man He said, “There was a certain rich man.”

This was intentional on the part of Christ because the story of the rich man and Lazarus was different than all the parables. There had lived a man on earth who was rich and another man who was poor. Both men died. One went to heaven and the other to hell.

The Lord used this true incident as an illustration or example of how men would live on earth, then die and go to either heaven or hell. You ask how he lived?

He lived a luxurious life. Scripture says he was clothed in purple and fine linen. Purple is a very expensive dye taken from the throat of the shellfish, a single drop from each animal. Linen might refer to different
materials, varying in price.

This rich man, Dives is his name, was clothed in fine linen, which no doubt referred to the fine quality linen woven in Egypt. The Egyptians attained proficiency in the art of weaving at a very early age. So delicate indeed were certain fabrics that they were described as “woven air.” It is said that some of the fine linen sold for as much as twice its weight in gold. In addition to his fine dress, fared sumptuously every day. Dives was truly rich!

But then he and Lazarus died. Dives represents the wicked. Lazarus represents the righteous. Both died as any other wicked and righteous person will die.

That’s what v.22 says, “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom; the rich man also died, and was buried.”

The beggar was smitten with ulcers and lay hungry at the rich man’s gate begging for the fragments from his table. We assume that Lazarus died from starvation and unattended sores on his body. God had pity
on him and sent a convoy of angels to escort his happy soul into paradise.

The rich man died also and was buried. This has been the history of man. Men have died and been buried ever since the earliest existence of man, nothing unusual or out of the ordinary. People have had fine
funerals and lots of wonderful things said about them, and then finally their body lay at rest under six feet of earth, with a mound heaped over it. Just another grave; just another dead body, but in hell—the real living Dives, lifted his eyes in eternal burning torments.

This has been a food for your soul moment! Remember, Lazarus was
carried away by a convoy of angels into heaven, while the rich man,
Dives, had his real living in hell.