Abraham saith unto him, they have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. – Luke 16:29
Upon arriving in Hell, the rich man immediately learned a lesson that everyone alive desperately needs to learn before it is too late; there is a place called Hell. It is far worse than any can imagine, and is the final destination of a countless number of people who believe it either doesn’t exist, won’t be that bad, or will somehow be cleverly avoided. Make no mistake, without true conversion of the heart, mind, and soul through our Lord, Jesus Christ, hell awaits. In fact, it is constantly expanding simply to receive the countless number of souls going there. Isaiah 5:14 says, “Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure.”
The rich man knew his family was headed to hell. He begged Father Abraham to send Lazarus to talk to them. He figured if they saw someone come back from the dead, and he told them about Heaven and hell, they would repent of their sins and change. Father Abraham simply said, “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.” In other words, “they have the Bible.” At the time, it was just what we know now as the Old Testament, but it was still enough information to save unconverted souls according to Abraham.
I would venture to say that there is not a single person who reads this today that does not have access to a Holy Bible. Unfortunately, it goes unread because we are, for the most part, uninterested. It took me five years after being saved to actually start reading the Bible. Nearly 100% of the people that I counsel who are struggling with sin do not make it a regular practice to simply read the Bible and pray. Nearly 100% of the time that I begin to feel far away from God, you guessed it, I have gone a long stretch of time without hearing Moses, Jesus, or the prophets and apostles. I neglect the simple act of reading my Bible and praying.
So, no wonder there is a “screen generation” rising up who have zero interest in reading any book, much less a hard to understand, difficult book that will take a lifetime of study, such as the Bible. As long as we have texting, gaming, television, movies, and other various forms of entertainment, who needs it?
One day we will draw our last breath and our eternal destination will be sealed. Every person who reads this probably thinks he or she has lots of time, but so did the rich man in the story two thousand years ago. His time ran out. He never planned on making hell his home. Sooner than we think, our time will run out as well. Where will you spend eternity?
Pick up your Bible, also known as “the sword of the Spirit,” read it, learn it, live it.
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. – 2 Corinthians 6:2