"...Have mercy on me..."
Written by Jay Yeager
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 21:30


“…Have mercy on me…”

(Luke 16:24)


These pitiful words were uttered by a man who could have turned to God who is gracious and merciful (Jonah 4:2), but chose to ignore the Father of mercy (II Corinthians 1:3) until it was too late.


All who are compassionate feel pity at the heart-wrenching words, “have mercy on me”. However, Jesus did not give us the account of the rich man to elicit sympathy, but to drive home tremendous lessons:



1.      The decisions we make in life have eternal consequences – both good and bad.

“For we shall all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10).


2.      If mercy is not obtained in life, it does not reach beyond the grave.

“And 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 thou in thy lifetime receiveth thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence” (Luke 16:23-26).



3.      No one should live forever with regret. Please do not depend upon someone else to do what you could have and should have done yourself.

“Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they come into this place of torment” (Luke 16:27-28).



1.      Lazarus, was a beggar “…who desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores” (Luke 16:21). A man who suffered much in this life, but in death he “…was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom…” (Luke 16:22). The words of Romans 8:18 certainly come to mind. “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us”.


2.      Serving God in life is such a blessing in death. “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them” (Revelation 14:13).


3.      To live without regret. You cannot lead others where you are not going yourself. The Bible teaches in the plainest language that salvation begins with self. “And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, save yourselves from this untoward generation” (Acts 2:40). “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). Christian are intended to be a wonderful influence for all to see (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:15).


Two men going in different directions because of the decisions they made in life. If you were to die tonight what direction would you be going? If you have not yet decided to become a Christian and live your days serving Christ, why not tonight?

1.      Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24)?

2.      Will you honestly repent of your past sins (Acts 17:30)?

3.      Do you have the courage and conviction to confess Christ before men (Romans 10:10)?

4.      Will you be baptized to have your past sins remitted (Acts 2:38)?

 If you will – come while we stand and sing