The Rich Man and Lazarus

Rich Man and Lazarus

Jesus told this story to His disciples and to the Pharisees, who were lovers of money.”…There was a certain rich man man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.  But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, (many consider this a true store as people in Jesus’ parables are not named) 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.  So it was that the beggar died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom.  The rich man also died and was buried,  and being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom…”  The rich man cried out to Abraham and asked him to send Lazarus to cool his tongue.  But Abraham said a startling thing “…remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus evil things (prosperity teachers should pay attention here!!!) ; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.” He also told this unfortunate soul that there was a great chasm between Paradise and Hades, with no passage possible between the two places.  Then the rich man  begged Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his five brothers so they would not end up in “this place of torment”. It is difficult to fathom  this man’s bossy attitude and his unwillingness to grasp the truth of God’s word…that it has the power to save .  Abraham reminds him that his brothers had access to Moses and the prophets and if they do not listen to them, they would not believe even though one rise from the dead.  (Interesting that in a few weeks another man named Lazarus would be raised from the dead!)

Teaching tip:  Hell is translated many ways in the KJV.  In Hebrew (OT)  the word is “sheol” (Strong’s H7585) and is a place of no return & without praise of God.  In the N. T., it is translated from  the Greek “hades” (Strong’s G86) the receptacle of the unrighteous dead awaiting judgement; or “geenna” (Strong’s G1067)  the lake of fire. In 2Peter 2:4, it is translated from the Greek word “tartaroo” (Strong’s G5020) and is referring to the angels that sinned, cast into hell (tartarus) and kept in chains of darkness, reserved unto judgment.

Important note: I am  relatively new to scanning and posting and have been informed that many of my “uploads” might have been scanned at too high of a resolution.  This means more work for you to get your figures to come out the right size.  I apologize for the hassle and recommend you  do a test copy with plain paper, before using the more expensive card stock. The completed  project  for this lesson should measure 5 1/2 inches by 9 inches…the figures below are the correct size!

Rich Man and Lazarus – figures

The previous post (3/15/2012) I went over the instructions for making the background for this lesson using regular shaving cream and food coloring. It is really fun to try but  should  be made ahead of  your story time and left to dry. (a portable hairdryer might be handy for this or better yet, make them the week before)  Give the kids colored chalk or crayons to color the top third of the paper.  Use the purple, green and blue to cover the “flames” (see below)  Color and cut out figures, and glue to background.  Accent with gold metallic gel pen and glitter if desired.  Have kids write the verse from Luke 16:24.   I would like to thank my son, Aaron Ernst , for drawing the figures for this lesson.


If you would like to add another verse you will have to add that to another piece of cardstock  as it is hard to write over crayon or chalk. (I tried) You might try the shaving cream technique in blues and greens to use for an extra verse. Cut it  out and glue below Abraham.

shaving cream background with blue and green

adding another verse

Abraham’s test

Abraham's test

This lesson includes a key verse of the Christian Faith. The stones on the worksheet page are to be cut-out and glued on the alter. If you have younger children you may have to precut the stones, ram, and the branch. A snack-size baggie will keep all your “set-ups” handy and easy to pass out. Please stress that Isaac was not a little boy as sometimes pictured in storybooks( probably in his 20-30’s)…  Abraham was thoroughly convinced that “God  was able to raise him up, even from the dead.”  Isaac had perfect trust  and was willing to submit himself to his loving Father’s will.(does this remind you of anyone else?)  Read the story in Genesis 22.

Call of Abram

Abram's call *

For this lesson I purchased a footprint holepunch. A footprint stamp would also work well.  I made the little tents so the flap would open. You will need to trace the shape of the tent and cut out, making a flap then glue onto a light background… trim and glue above the words..dwelling in tents.  ( A simple line is the tent stake.) There is a portion of the scripture that the kids need to fill in “…and he went out not knowing where he was going…” The concept of faith is defined and emphasized  in the next two lessons about Abraham.  (Sorry, Persian Gulf got cut off above…should show up on the worksheet!)