Abraham's Bosom is a "synonym" for life hereafter. According to the Old Testament, when a person died he went to
phiver4 wrote:Is there someone who can give me an explanation for Abraham's Bosom?
From my understanding this was a place of rest for those that died during the O.T. times, some type of "compartment" set apart from Hades. These people could not enter Heaven because,even though they were forgiven of their sins through the sacrifices set forth in the O.T., they could not enter Heaven because their sins were not "wiped away" and forgotten. This could only be accomplished through Jesus Christ who was to come later. Jesus then would save these people and bring them into Heaven because only then was His ultimate Sacrafice completed.
I guess I am having a problem with someone being held for a period of time in a place (Abraham's Bosom) where is no dimension of time, a place that is supposed to be eternal. How could these people be "waiting" in a place that is not supposed to have that dimension?
"be with his fathers". (Gen 15:15,47:30, Deut 31:16, Judges 2:10) The patriach Abraham was regarded as "father". (Luke 3:8, John 8:37-40) So at death you went to your forefathers to join Abraham. Nelsons Bible Dictionary
It is a parable, but it also gives one a picture of what its really like in Heaven.
Luk 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
Luk 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
Luk 16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
This rich man had showed no compassion to this poor man in life, as they lived here in the flesh. Even the dogs showed more compassion for Lazarus than that rich man, for they came and licked the sores of Lazarus.
Luk 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Lazarus was carried into heaven by the angels of God, while the rich man's body was buried in the ground and his soul went to Hades, the holding place "before" being destroyed by hell fire.
Luk 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
This is a parable about two men that actually lived, and when both died, the rich man could see Lazarus in heaven with Abraham. He could look across that great gulf that stood between them, but could not go there. Our Heavenly Father is the Father of the living and not the dead. Thus to be absent from this physical body of the flesh is to be present with the Lord. (2 Cor 5:7-8)The soul does not go to the grave as the flesh does, but goes immediate to heaven.
All souls can actually see the throne of God from where they are. Those that are on the rich man's side are being held for that great judgment day.
Luk 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
What kind of water is this? Living water John 4:14
"tormented in this flame", flame of embarrassment, shame and disgrace because he wasn't a believer.
Luk 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
you reap what you sow
Luk 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that [would come] from thence.
gulf 5490 casma chasma khas'-mah
from a form of an obsolete primary chao (to "gape" or "yawn"); a "chasm" or vacancy (impassable interval):--gulf
A gulf that can not be crossed. This space is talked about by the prophet Ezra, or in the Greek "Esdras" in the Apocrypha, in the II Esdras 7:78-87.
Luk 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
This is the rich man speaking to Abraham/GOD, asking him to send Lazarus back to earth, to witness to his brothers, father and mother.
Luk 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Help my five brothers so they don't end up like I am.
Luk 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
Your brothers have the Word of God from the prophets, let them listen to them. That is all they are going to get. That's all your are going to get also, the words by the prophets of God, and the written word that you are studying now. Believe it or not, that's up to you, but if you reject it, and refuse the only way provided, by repentance through the blood of Christ, you will end up exactly where this rich man is. You make the choice for yourself.
Luk 16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
Many people today after hearing the truths still will not repent and accept Him, but continue in their evil ways of self-righteousness.
Luk 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.