I Just Realized This

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.’” Luke 16:31

Last night is was thinking about a something I would love to happen in Houston, holding an apologetics conference that would have all the big names speak. As I went down my list of speakers I came to cults and thought of Ron Rhodes. This led to one of my encounters with a Jehovah’s Witness missionary I had talked to a number of years ago. One of their beliefs is that when we die we are in a state of total unconsciousness. They believe we will remain in this state until the final judgment. To answer this I countered with Jesus’ parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. In the story the rich man, Lazarus and Abraham are all aware of what is going on. In fact the rich man begs Abraham to send Lazarus to his brothers to warn them what is in store for them in they do not change.

Now to what I just realized, this parable ends in a prophesy. Just as Abraham told the rich man, that if his brothers did not believe Moses and the prophets they would not believe Lazarus, even if he returned from the dead to warn them. As it turned out many did not believe Jesus even after the resurrection. They had been told by the prophets what would happen and did not hear. They saw what had happened and did not see. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in what I think the story is telling me I miss some other point. I may be the last person to realize the there was a prophesy in these verses. I had always thought of only two prophesies that Jesus made. The destruction of the temple and His own death and resurrection. Here I have found another.

What I find really interesting is that God’s Word never ceases to reveal new truths to me. It was over five years ago when I encountered the Jehovah’s Witness at my door and used this parable to refute their teaching. The one night in the shower as I contemplate the verse I find deeper meaning. This is a good reason why we should commit God’s Word to memory and always find time to study His Word. He has much to teach me. I have so very much to learn.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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