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Dives and Lazarus (and “Rover”….?!)

Luke 16:19-31.  New King James Version (NKJV)



Lazarus at the rich man’s gate by Fyodor Bronnikov, 1886.


19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 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. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.



Jesus told the parable of a poor man named Lazarus who was lying at the gate of a rich man who doesn’t even feed him scraps from his table “and moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores.”

A child, listening to the story mishears: “and more, Rover the dog came and licked his sores!”

And so we have the only dog with a name and with compassion appearing in Scripture as far as the child is concerned – a compassion which the rich neighbour never showed.

It well may be a fascinating and informative venture to hear the Gospel interpreted by a child; “for out of the mouths of babes and sucklings…….”

via Canon Colin Samson, Trinidad


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