The Rich Man and Lazarus by Otis Q Sellers
In this booklet, published in 1962, Otis Q Sellers discusses the The Rich Man and Lazarus. Mr. Seller explains that the story of the Rich man and Lazarus is satire, divinely inspired satire.
All Scripture is inspired by God. The story of the rich man and Lazarus is a divinely inspired satire. Its study is the study of a store that was spoken by God. It is as much the Word of God as any other portion of Scripture. It’s purpose was not given for the purpose of teaching men about the ways and works of God. Its purpose was to turn the light upon the Pharisees. It is not the place to go to find what our Lord taught about death, the state of the dead, future punishment or future bliss.
An objection is anticipated. Some will say that to treat this portion as a satire is to offer an interpretation that is so complex that it puts it beyond the reach of the simple, unsophisticated seek of God’s truth. But is not this also true when Luke 16 is treated as historical narrative.
This story is not “The Gospel”. The gospel concerns “His Son Jesus Christ our Lord” Rom 1:3 and Christ and is not even referred to in this story. This is not the place to bring an honest seeker who is looking for the Saviour, neither is it the place to bring the simple believer who desires to learn more about God and Christ. This story was aimed at the sneering, unbelieving, self-righteous Pharisees. When handled rightly it still carries a powerful message to all such today.