Think about these verses.
According to Isaiah 33:14, hell is a place of everlasting burning, “The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”
In Matthew 25:46 it is called a place of everlasting punishment. It is a place where man never dies.
Where people suffer all the torments of hell: pain, thirst, stinging, falling, worms, unfulfilled lust, darkness, no rest, wicked occupants, hearing the curses against God, smoke smell and no hope of ever coming out.
Today, I would like to address:
TWO FAMILIES VERSES 19-21.
- One who “fared sumptuously”
Wool, dyed purple was very expensive and could be worn only by the very wealthy. Linen was used for undergarment and was equally expensive. The rich man lived in luxury and nothing was too good for him. For him life was a constant party with no hardships or drudgery. His sin was not in dress or diet, but in providing only for himself.
2. The other was full of sores.
- Lazarus’ friends laid him at the rich man’s gate to appeal to his sympathy.
- All the while his father ministered to his soul and God used Lazarus to be a conscience for the rich man. The word “laid” in verse 20 in the Greek is to be dropped or discarded. Just like thousands of children in Africa (with Aids) and thousands in South America (live in the dumps) are discarded. No one to love them or care. They are laid aside. Thousands of teen-agers in America are discarded into the streets of our cities.
- “Dogs licked his wounds.” Dogs were scavengers in the east and were usually vicious. Lazarus was too weak to run them off, so he was at their mercy.