Luke 16:31 - God's Word More Convincing Than Miracles.
Luke 16:31; God's Word More Convincing Than Miracles.
Luke 16:31 (NIV) "He said to him, 'If they do not listen to
Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone
rises from the dead.'"
Luke 16:31 (AMP) He said to him, If they do not hear and listen
to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded and
convinced and believe [even] if someone should rise from the dead.
Luke 16:31 (CWR) Then your story ends by Abraham saying, 'If
your brothers are not willing to listen to Moses and the prophets,
they won't listen to anyone, even if he rose from the dead.' So you
see, you yourselves teach people that they should listen to the
Scriptures and that what they do in this life will affect them in the next
The parable of the rich man and Lazarus (16:19-31)
Luke 16:30 (KJV) And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one
went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
Acts 20:32 (KJV) And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and
to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to
give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by
the word of God.
1 Pet 1:23 (KJV) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but
of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
2 Cor 3:18 (KJV) But we all, with open face beholding as in a
glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from
glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Pet 1:4 (KJV) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and
precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine
nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through
Heb 4:2 (KJV) For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as
unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed
with faith in them that heard it.
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION
Persuaded. That is, to repent (see v. 30). [SDA Commentary]
Those who are not impressed by the plain statement of eternal
truth to be found in Scripture would not be more favorably impressed
by the greatest of miracles. A few weeks after narrating this
parable Jesus raised from the dead a man named Lazarus, as if in
response to the challenge of the Jewish leaders for greater evidence than
they had heretofore. But that very miracle led the leaders of the
nation to intensify their plot against Jesus' life. Not only so; they
felt it necessary to do away with Lazarus in order to safeguard their
own untenable position. The Jews thus gave a literal demonstration
of the truth of Jesus' statement here, that those who reject the OT
would reject "greater" light, even the testimony of one who "rose from
the dead." [SDA Commentary]
The rich man thought that his five brothers would surely believe
a messenger who had been raised from the dead. But Jesus said that
if they did not believe Moses and the prophets, who spoke
constantly of the duty to care for the poor, not even a resurrection would
convince them. Notice the irony in Jesus' statement; on his way to
Jerusalem to die, he was fully aware that even when he had risen from the
dead, most of the religious leaders would not accept him. They were
set in their ways, and neither Scripture nor God's Son himself would
shake them loose. [Life Application SB]
The Pharisees considered wealth to be a proof of a person's
righteousness. Jesus startled them with this story where a diseased beggar is
rewarded and a rich man is punished. The rich man did not go to hell
because of his wealth but because he was selfish, refusing to feed
Lazarus, take him in, or care for him. The rich man was hardhearted in
spite of his great blessings. The amount of money we have is not as
important as the way we use it. What is your attitude toward your money
and possessions? Do you hoard them selfishly, or do you use them to
help others? [Life Application SB]
This pointed story underlines the failure of the Pharisees to
truly believe the Scriptures in which they boasted. If they had
believed, they would not have loved money, but the poor. They would not
have built personal estates, but rather would have fed the hungry.
Instead, like the rich man in the story, Jesus' money-loving critics
"dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day" while
beggars lay outside their gates. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
The teachers of the Law and Pharisees frequently demanded Jesus
provide a "sign from heaven" to prove His messiahship (11:16; cf. Matt.
12:39; 16:4; Mark 8:11). Why didn't He provide it? Part of the answer
lies in Scripture's emphasis on faith. We are to trust God and His
Word to us. Yet part of the answer lies in unbelief. Whatever sign
Jesus provided would not convince those determined not to believe.
Even when Jesus did rise from the dead, His opponents refused to
believe. If a person will not hear and respond to the Word of God, "to
Moses and the Prophets," they simply "will not be convinced."
It's good for us to remember this when we share the Gospel with
others. The Word of God is living and vital. It reaches human hearts,
and those who are open to God respond. Those who do not believe will
not believe, and would not even if we could perform miracles before
them in our own day.
So we witness without hesitation, confident that where the seed
of the Word finds fertile soil, new life will sprout. [The 365-Day
The Bible, God's word, not miracles, is the power that can
change the heart and soul of man. [Pastor Arthur Gibbs]