Who was Lazarus? In the scripture before Jesus starts talking about the rich man and the beggar, Lazarus, he reminds us about the law regarding family. “Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.” (Luke 16:18)
Could it have been that Lazarus was related to the rich man and his five brothers? He could have been their father’s firstborn son with his first wife. A man’s family is complicated enough until he abandons his first wife and first family for another woman. When this happens, the father starts working against his first family in favor of his second family. In the end, the second wife and her children will work against the first family too.
A wise man does not abandon his first family for another woman. In Abraham’s family, Hagar and her son Ishmael, resented Isaac who was ten years younger. In Jacob’s family, Leah’s sons thought about killing Joseph, Rachel’s firstborn son. What would have happened if Abraham and Jacob had abandoned their first family for their second family? There would have been no father to protect their firstborn children from a second husband and his children with the firstborn child’s mother. There would have been no father to protect their firstborn children from a second wife and her children with the firstborn child’s father. This adultery! Save the first family!