I noticed the wording of Ezekiel 32:21, “the strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of Sheol.”(RV) When the rich man in Luke 16 was in the realm of the dead he was desperate to get a message to his five brothers who were still on the earth. I wondered what different ones would want to tell us if they got a chance.

Samson would probably say “Be careful of women!”

Saul might say “Watch out for jealousy and presumptuousness.”

Perhaps Abel would say “Keep on doing what is right, even if you are despised for it.”

Cain would say “Be extra careful of your attitude toward your brother.”

Judas might say “Watch out for the love of money. It will bring you to the place where it will be harder for you to enter heaven than it will be for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.

Herod (who was eaten by worms) would say “Fear the praise of men.”

Ananias and Sapphira would likely say “Don’t pretend to be what you are not.”

And likely that rich man in Luke 16 would be trying to tell us “Don’t live as if you are going to be here forever.”

Lot’s wife would say “Oh struggling soul press onward and keep the goal in view.”

Jeptha would remind us “You have opened your mouth to the Lord; you cannot now go back.”

Samuel would say “Whatever you do, don’t neglect to teach your children to love God and to fear Him.”

Hezekiah would say “Put your house in order; the call of death may come unexpectedly…and when it does come, remember, God knows best. How I wish I had just been willing to go when the call came!”

The disobedient prophet would urgently warn us “Be careful of a new doctrine…even if it comes from a servant of God whom you have been trusting!”

Both Joseph and David would encourage us to “Just leave it in God’s hands…His mill grinds slowly, but it grinds exceedingly fine.”

Job is saying “It’s not because God is against you. He is just refining the gold.”

Noah says “Keep at it…your labour will not be in vain.”

Belshazzar says “You are still too light…I am speaking from bitter experience. Only the measure of the Spirit of Christ that has been worked into you will have any weight.”

The five foolish virgins are admonishing “Your lamps may look all right, but what is in your vessels? It’s the part of your life that only you and God know that is going to be the problem.”

Achan says “There is nothing hid that will not be revealed. What is hidden in your tent?”

Naboth says “This heritage of Truth has been handed down to you at a terrible cost; defend it with your life. Don’t let the standard drop.”

Joab no doubt would say “Conquering all the king’s enemies won’t help you if you are not conquering self.”

Martha would say “Seek the place at Jesus’ feet and spend time there before you get too busy.”

And we are so thankful that our Lord Jesus is still saying “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.”

De Edifier