Why does God bless us with material things?

Luke Bible Background

04.18.2016 New Testament: Luke 16.19–21

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 16.19–31 on April 18, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Jesus told of a man who was rich, and that a beggar was set at the gate of the rich man’s property,

“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” (Luke 16.19–21).

The rich man lived very well. The poor man barely lived. The poor man did not want everything of the rich, only the crumbs that fell from his table.

So far nothing appears wrong, but as the story continues, you get the idea that the rich man never helped the poor man, and for that, the rich man died and woke up in a place of torment.


  • Why do you think God has blessed you with what you have, even if it is little?
  • Are you stingy or generous?

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