Why did he say that? 8

Jesus / Y’shua said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  
38This is the first and great commandment. 
39And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  
40On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
(Matthew 22:37-40)

Which brings us to the commandments of YHVH God. Exodus 20:1-17

And then we find that He said,

Luke 16:19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 
20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 
21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. 
22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 
23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 

25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 

26 and besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’

Yahshua was a story teller, and where this one came from, we can only guess. But the beggar’s name is Lazarus, the same as the one whom he had raised from the dead. The rich man was not named, except by the fact that he had more in His possession than he needed, yet he did not help this poor beggar who was also His neighbor.

Which brings to light the entire basis for His synopsis of the commandments.

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  
This is the first and great commandment. 
And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  
On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
(Matthew 22:37-40)

Lazarus laid at the gate to his house wanting just the crumbs from the rich man’s table. “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 
But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 
desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores.
 (Vs 19-21)

Apparently, He could have helped him, but just had no compassion for him. But here comes the payoff for His reluctance to Love His neighbor regardless of His station in life.

And Yahshua said, “So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 
And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”
(Vs 22, 23)

Our final destination is all wrapped up in love for our fellow man, and this is the picture Yahshua is painting here for us. And part of why He has said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13, 14)

I have personally experienced the lack of empathy in many of my friends, who profess to be followers of Yahshua Christ, and that very thing was foretold by Yahshua when He said, “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:12, 13)

It is difficult to live under such circumstances, I can imagine how the beggar, Lazarus must have felt waiting on God to take care of Him and His needs, and we are told that He received His reward in Abraham’s Bosom.

But the rich man also received His reward at the same time, Remember, now what Yahshua said on that last day. “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” (Revelation 22:12)

There will certainly be a payoff / reward, for what we have done in this world. Have we had the means to help those in need and used our resources for Yah’s purposes, or have we begun to think that we have a better idea?

In any case the final outcome is irreversible.

“Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. and besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’” (Vs 24-26)

The Apostle John writes in the Book of Revelation of this time of separation, saying, 14Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 
15But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. (Revelation 22:14, 15)

The saved are entering the gates of the Kingdom of Heaven, while the damned can do nothing but watch. There can be no words for those who are unable to cross over, except a certain forlorn cry for them who would not hear the Commandments of YHVH God.

It’s not like we weren’t told, for over 2000 years Y’shua warned us saying, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:23)

But we just could not bring ourselves to believe the truth. Therefore, who’s to blame for this very sad outcome. And even now, we need to know that it doesn’t have to be this way, repent! and submit yourselves to God. while you still may!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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