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He's a rich man with no name. This story puts him in the place of the dead, a place of torment. The next character that Jesus describes is given a name. He's Lazarus. Lazarus is seated next to Abraham, another named man, Lazarus and Abraham are sitting together at the heavenly banquet, free from suffering free from want entirely content, fully satisfied. And the nameless rich man wants Lazarus to come and serve him. That's the way he remembers things. The rich man shouts, Father, Abraham, have some pity, send Lazarus over there. to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, I'm hearing anguish in these flames. There's a hardening of heart that we must guard ourselves against. We can get to the place where we're unable to see who we really are and what we've become. We can get to the place where we can't remember our name, or we can't see our need for God, we can get to the point where our position, our power, our riches, they they blind us to the message of Abraham, and the other named ones. The ultimate message of the named ones is the resurrection. God's going to raise the dead to life, and it will begin with his son. That's what the prophets foretold. That's what Moses foretold. This message of resurrection can be missed by a heart that is blinded by riches, the blindness creates a heart that refuses to see its own souls need its own souls poverty before God. Our riches can blind us to the words of Abraham and the prophets. It can blind us to the message that God alone can raise us to new life, Lazarus believed that God could, even in his poverty, he believed that God would raise him up, and God honored him in the end, and seated him at the table with Abraham. That's what God does. He demonstrates over and over again, resurrection, and offers all the honor of sitting at the table with the named ones. This is a gift that we must receive by faith, the righteous, the named ones, they live by faith. They don't trust in their riches, they don't trust in their reputation, they don't trust in anything other than the God who raises from the dead. And they, they will know their name, and they will know the name of their God. So today, you can find yourself sitting at the table with the named ones. feasting on the word that God has for you, seeing who you really are. And that's the prayer that I have for my own soul. That's the prayer that I have for my family for my wife, my daughters, my son. And that's a prayer that I have for you may be so
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