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,