Thursday, 4 Mar 2021
How Would we Listen?
Pastor Mark Tan

Luke 16:19-31

… “‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” ( Luke 16: 30-31 )

Jesus tells the Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus. It brings together two people from very different worlds, with only three similarities between both of them: they were Jews, they died, and they faced “father Abraham” the patriarch of their faith. The main difference in their eternal consequence was neither their wealth nor stature, but how they listened. While there are no virtues credited to Lazarus, we can learn how to listen from how the rich man did not.

Listen to God’s Provision
The rich man had good things in his life, while Lazarus was given bad things. If the rich man did what God had intended him to do with his wealth, the story would have a very different ending. But because he succumbed to the love for money, greed grew in his heart, not even letting Lazarus have the leftovers of his meal.
Jesus reminds us that if we love the least of these, we love Him therefore. Love others with what He has provided you, for you might ultimately be showing love to Him.

Listen in light of Death.
Death is the greatest equalizer. The rich man, who lived as if he was going to last forever, was abruptly ejected from his party and into eternal torment. If the rich man had only realised that death was always around the corner and that there is more to life than what he had when he was alive, perhaps he would have taken heed before it was too late.
Friends, how gracious God is that despite the pandemic and plague at our doorsteps, we are given this day still to live. Make full use of this day for what matters: preparing for the final destination of our eternal souls.

Listen to His Word
Father Abraham alluded the rich man to Moses (the Law) and the Prophets which basically means the Scriptures. It is interesting to note Abraham saying that “if they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if somone rises from the dead.” (Luke 16:31). This tells us how important it is to not just marvel at the death and resurrection of Jesus, but wonder and appreciate why Jesus died and rose from the dead i.e. for us, His people. To know that Jesus rose from the dead is only half of it. To know that He rose from the dead as our Lord and Saviour is everything.


O Lord, strong and mighty, Lord of hosts and King of glory: Cleanse our hearts from sin, keep our hands pure, and turn our minds from what is passing away; so that at the last, we may stand in your holy place and receive your blessing; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.


*路加福音16:19-31 *

他 说 : 我 祖 亚 伯 拉 罕 哪 , 不 是 的 , 若 有 一 个 从 死 里 复 活 的 , 到 他 们 那 里 去 的 , 他 们 必 要 悔 改 。 31
亚 伯 拉 罕 说 : 若 不 听 从 摩 西 和 先 知 的 话 , 就 是 有 一 个 从 死 里 复 活 的 , 他 们 也 是 不 听 劝 。

耶稣讲了财主和拉撒路的比喻。 祂讲到这生活在不同世界两种典型的人,而他们之间有三个相似之处:他们是犹太人,他们死了,他们面对信仰祖先的“父亲亚伯拉罕”。 他们永恒结局的主要区别即不是他们的财富,也不是他们的身份地位,而是他们的聆听方式。


耶稣提醒我们,『我實在告訴你們,這些事你們既不做在我這弟兄中一個最小的身上,就是不做 在我身上了。』


这位财主,好像他将要永远长寿一样宴乐生活时,突然被死亡从醉生梦死中给唤醒,并陷入了永恒的痛苦中。 如果那个财主死前意识到死亡总是在拐角处,而生命的意义比他活着时还拥有更多,那也许他不会后悔为时已晚。。

朋友们,上帝是慈爱的神,尽管今天流感疫情当前,我们仍然幸存而活着。 愿我们每一天都竭尽所能:装备自己,将来进入那为我们预备永恒荣耀的国度里。

亚 伯 拉 罕 说 : 若 不 听 从 摩 西 和 先 知 的 话 , 就 是 有 一 个 从 死 里 复 活 的 , 他 们 也 是 不 听 劝 。
( 路加福音16:31)
这告诉我们重要的是,不仅惊叹于耶稣的死了三天后复活,而且还思想并感恩耶稣愿意成为代罪羔羊,受死了并从死里复活,为你和我,神的子民。 知道耶稣从死里复活只是懂了的一半。 要知道他已经从死里复活,是要成为我们生命的主宰和救主。

主啊!万军之主,荣耀的王阿,求主除掉我们心里的肮脏污秽,保守我们手洁心清。回转我们的心思意念,好让我们最终可以站在您的圣所,得到您的祝福; 借着我们的复活主耶稣基督,与你和圣灵同住,并与他作王,直到永远。 阿们