Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Lazarus and The Living Water

Biblical Proof Christians SHOULD Support Health Care Reform Part One

WTBN’s static voices state their stance on health care very clearly—they are adamantly opposed to it, as good Christians should be. This confounds me. Even if you weren’t Christian and were simply decent you would support reform.

Janet Parshall is particularly vociferous on the subject, and screams to heaven in shouting it down. The other day she mentioned the good Samaritan, insomuch as the Christian thing to do is to allow the less fortunate to rely on charity. It is a profound parable. The good Samaritan was a foreigner who aided a Jew, so if he would do that for someone of another nation, and we want to be like him, how much more then should we take care of our own?

That got me thinking of the story of the Samaritan woman, who Jesus asked to drink from her well. ‘If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.’ John 4:10.

Which in turn made me think about Lazarus, the beggar covered in boils at the rich man’s gate, who begged for crumbs while the dogs licked his sores. When Lazarus died he was carried by angels into Abraham’s bosom, while the rich man lifted his eyes into torments. And seeing Lazarus he cried: ‘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.’ Luke 16:24.

Who has the living water there?

The rich man then asked Abraham to send someone to his house, to warn his family. ‘Abraham saith unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.’ Luke 16:31.

Which brings us to the other Lazarus—Lazarus of Bethany—who Christ raised from the dead after he had been buried in a cave for four days. He was the brother of Mary who had anointed him with oil and wiped his feet with her hair. Jesus loved them, and after glorifying God, ‘he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin.’ John 11: 43-44.

Abraham was right.

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