Man From the Dead

Jesus tells a story about a rich man who wants a dead man to rise to life and warn his brothers about what awaits them if they do not change. Who might the dead man be in the story? The math tells.

Luke 16:19-31

19There was a rich man who used to wear purple and fine linen and every day he made merry very lavishly. 20There was a poor man named Lazarus who was laid down at that rich man's door afflicted with boils. 21He longed to fill his stomach with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table. The dogs also came and licked his boils. Luke 16:19-2122It happened that the poor man died and the kings carried him into Abraham's bosom and the rich man also died and was buried. 23While he was tormented in the grave he lifted up his eyes from a distance and saw Abraham with Lazarus in his bosom. 24He called in a loud voice saying, My father Abraham have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip his finger in water and wet my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame. Luke 16:22-2425Abraham said to him, My son remember you received your pleasures when you were living and Lazarus his hardships and now he is comfortable here and you are suffering. 26Besides all these things a great gulf is fixed between us and you so that those who wish to pass from here to you cannot, neither from there to pass to us. Luke 16:25-2627He said to him, If that is so I beg you my father to send him to my father's house, 28for I have 5 brothers. Let him go and testify to them so that they may not also come to this place of torment. Luke 16:27-2829Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the prophets. Let them hear them. Luke 16:2930But he said to him, No, my father Abraham, but if only a man from the dead go to them they will repent. Luke 16:3031Abraham said to him, If they will not hear Moses and the prophets neither will they believe even if a man should rise from the dead. Luke 16:31 (Luke 16:19-31 BRB)


5 = Deuteronomy


Moses gives a prophecy in Deuteronomy about a prophet that Yahvah will raise up from among Israel.

15The Master your god will raise up to you a prophet like me from the middle of you, of your brothers, to him you will listen. 16Just as you asked of the Master your god at Horeb on the day of the assembly saying, Do not let me hear the voice of the Master my god any longer, nor let me see this great fire any longer, so that I do not die. 17The Master said to me, They spoke well what they spoke. 18I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers and will put my words in his mouth and he will speak to them all that I will command him. 19Whoever will not listen to my words which he will speak in my name I will require it of him. Q Acts 3:22-23 P John 1:21 P John 6:14 P Acts 7:37 20The prophet who will presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who will speak in the name of other gods, that prophet will be put to death. Deuteronomy 18:17-2021If you say in your heart, How will we know the word which the Master has not spoken? 22Whenever a prophet speaks in the name of the Master, and the thing does not come to pass nor follow, that is the thing which the Master has not spoken, but the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you will not be afraid of him. Deuteronomy 18:21-22 (Deuteronomy 18:15-22 BRB)

This prophecy likely fulfills when Yahvah raises up Samuel, David, Nathan, Elijah, Elisha and other prophets in the ministry of the prophetic gift. However, we know, ultimately, that it's really pointed at Jesus, and, in fact, not just his earthly ministry, which certainly was prophetic, but to his current prophetic ministry that began after he was raised up to life and the skies above. At least that's what Peter tells us when he applies this passage from Deuteronomy to Jesus.

1It came to pass as Simeon Peter and John were going up together FA to the temple at the time of prayer at the 9th hour, 21 man lame from the womb of his mother was carried by men who were accustomed to bring him and lay him at the gate of the temple which is called Sapphira, so that he might ask alms from those who entered into the temple. 3When he saw Simeon and John FA entering the temple he begged them to give him alms. 4Simeon and John looked at him and said, Look at us. 5He looked at them expecting to receive something from them. Acts 3:1-56Simeon said to him, Gold and silver I have none, but what I have I give to you. In the name of Joshua FA the anointed the Nazarene rise up and walk. 7He took him by the right hand and lifted him up and in that very hour his legs and his feet received strength. 8He jumped up and stood and walked and entered with them FA into the temple walking and jumping and praising god. 9All the people saw him walking and praising god 10and they recognized that he was the beggar who had sat daily and asked alms at the gate which is called Sapphira and they were filled with amazement and wonder at what had happened. Acts 3:6-1011As he was assisted by Simeon and John all the people ran in astonishment towards them FA to the porch that is called Solomon's. 12When Simeon saw it he said to them, Men of Israel, why are you wondering at this man or why are you looking at us as though by our own power or authority we made this man to walk? 13The god of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, FA the god of our fathers, has glorified his son Joshua, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate when he was determined to let him go. 14You denied the holy one and the righteous and asked a man killer be given to you, 15and killed the prince of life whom god has raised from the house of the dead. We are all his witnesses. 16By belief in his name, this one whom you see and know, he has healed and made strong, FA and belief in him has given to him this health before you all. Acts 3:11-1617Now my brothers I know that you did this through ignorance, just as your leaders did it. 18Those things which god preached before by the mouth of all the prophets, that his anointed would suffer, he has fulfilled. 19Therefore repent and turn that your sins may be blotted out when the times of tranquility will come to you from before the face of the Master, 20and he will send to you one who has been prepared for you, even Joshua the anointed, 21whom the skies must receive until all the things which god has spoken by the mouth of his holy prophets since the world began should be fulfilled. 22For Moses said, The Master will raise up a prophet like me for you from among your brothers, listen to him in all that he will say to you. 23It will come to pass that every person who will not listen to that prophet will be lost from his people. Q Deuteronomy 18:18-19 Acts 3:17-2324All the prophets from Samuel and those who follow after, as many as have spoken and preached, have foretold of these days. 25You are the children of the prophets and of the contract which god made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, By your seed all the relatives of the land will be blessed. Q Genesis 12:3 26It was to you 1st god appointed and sent his son to bless you if you turn and repent from your evils. Acts 3:24-26 (Acts 3:1-26 BRB)

So if Jesus is the one who was destined to rise from the dead with a message, with a prophetic ministry, then he's most certainly the one in his story that will not be listened to by those who do not already listen to Moses and the other prophets. The irony is that Jesus was telling this parable to those who were already not listening to him in person and who certainly would not begin to listen after he rose from the dead and went off planet.