|EXPLORE THE BIBLE: (1520 minutes)
This story is dramatic and easily acted out, so invite students to participate as you read the story one verse at a time. Pause after each verse as students portray what is being said. Use the propsthe clothing, bandaids for Lazarus’ sores, food for the rich man to eat and Lazarus to get what drops from the table. When you get to the speaking parts of Abraham and the rich man, read the verse and ask students to paraphrase it into modern language.
Example, verse 24: “Abe, my man! Give me a break! I’m burning up here! Send Laz down here with some cool water! Please! Help me out here, dude!
After you’ve acted out the passage, discuss:
• The rich man went to Hades and the poor man went to heaven in this story. Does that mean all poor people will go to heaven and all rich people will go to hell? What do you think it means?
• The riches of the world are deceitful. Being truly rich has nothing to do with materialism. What do you think it means to be truly rich?
• At the end of the parable, the rich man wants Lazarus to warn his family to change their ways so they don’t also end up in everlasting destruction. But Abraham explains to him that they must believe without seeing living proof, and also that they have been given everything they need to believe, so if they don’t already believe, seeing a man raised from the dead won’t make any difference. We are all given enough to believe. If we don’t believe now, a supernatural act is not going to change our minds and hearts.
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