Friday, February 24, 2017

Lazarus - Persecuted Servant (LG46)

Luke 16:20-21 "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."

To run missions and charitable homes requires a lot of finance, so God laid Lazarus (His beloved and faithful servant or ministries) at the gate of the rich man's house, whom God had made a steward of His wealth. God used Lazarus in such sorrowful, painful, and miserable conditions to stir up the rich man's compassion so that God can reward him as a faithful steward.

Who are the dogs?

2Pet 2:12,14, 21-22 But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption.... having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children... For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: "A dog returns to his own vomit," and, "a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire."

The dog is a fallen Christian (just as the fallen angels), who had gone back to his old ways. These dogs know the word of God but not truth. They are carnal and have become liars, hypocrites and are 'wolves in sheepskins'.

Rev 22:15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

moreover the dogs came and licked his sores

Jude 1:16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.

These dogs will cause Lazarus to suffer more by their persecutions with lies. false accusations and condemnations thus preventing financial help from the rich man.

Mat 23:13 "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in."

A dog returns to his own vomit

Today, these depraved pastors and church leaders are once again covetous and worldly and they make all types of plans (some appearing spiritual) to enrich themselves. They hoard up God's money (tithes, love offerings, etc.) by laying treasures on earth in fix deposits, stocks, properties, etc. They have robbed God of His money by building their own Empires. They prevent the church to give to His various ministries by telling lies, revelries, false testimonies and accusations (common lie and accusation - 'no accountability' to frighten the rich from giving). They have caused the rich men to look at Lazarus (God's faithful servant and beloved of God representing His various ministries such as missions, charity, charitable homes, etc. ), whom God had sent to bless them, to be a beggar and waiting to rob them of their money.

Phi 3:1-2 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!

Brethren. for your own salvation, beware of these hypocrites, wicked servants, antichrists, wolves in sheep's skin, false teachers, etc. (dogs) for they will surely lead you into damnation