A Band of Brothers: Week 5

The Battle Against Materialism

(Luke 16:19-31)


  • Luke 16:13 says, “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
  • Luke 16:14 says, “The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him.”
  • The discussion of the Pharisees and the love of money sets the scene for Jesus telling the story of Lazarus and the Rich man.

1. Earthly Possessions are Powerless (Luke 16:19-22)

Thoughts from the Text:

  • The rich man had extravagant clothes, extravagant food, and an extravagant home.
  • Lazarus, was laid at the gate, was covered with sores, wanted on the crumbs, and wild dogs licked him.
  • Both men still died. Everyone will. Possessions, influence, or fame can’t stop death.

Application to your life:

  • Which one would you want to be? The rich man or Lazarus? Be honest. We all would prefer to be the rich man up until verse 23, but the question is are you a lover of money or a lover of God?
  • Are you prepared to die?

2. Eternal Destinies are Permanent: (Luke 16:23-26)

Thoughts from the Text:

  • He didn’t call out to Jesus, but to Father Abraham. Perhaps a message to the Pharisees.
  • The Rich man remembered and knew Lazarus. He knew him, but he never helped him.
  • Anguish or Torment is used repeatedly in the description of eternal punishment.
  • Eternal destinies are permanent. Once you leave this life, your destiny is set.

Application to your life:

  • What missed opportunities will we remember after life is over?
  • What type destiny are you preparing for? A destiny in torment or a destiny in heaven?
  • What are you using your wealth and influence to accomplish? Things that will pass away or are you laying up your treasures in heaven?

3. Additional Evidence if Pointless: (Luke 16:27-31)

Thoughts from the Text:

  • The Rich man’s concern turns to his five brothers whom he doesn’t want to share his fate.
  • Perhaps the rich man is making excuses by saying if he has seen someone rise from the dead, he would have repented.
  • Jesus states in the story that even if someone goes to them (lovers of money) from the dead, they will not repent.
  • Jesus also indicates that Moses and the Prophets are sufficient for salvation. This means we do not need additional evidence.

Application to your life:

  • If you could spend five minutes in Hell, how would your life change?
  • Are you seeking harder after earthly possessions than you are after reaching lost souls for Christ?
  • Do you constantly seek more evidence or do you recognize the Bible as sufficient?

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