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Lazarus is known by name to the Lord, for he was called to faith by the Lord (cf. Isa 43:1). The Lord knew him and cared for him, even when those around him didn’t. The rich man’s situation in eternity, by contrast, is the reverse of his life on earth: on earth everyone knew who he was, but in eternity in hell, he is unknown — “Depart from Me, I never knew you,” the Lord will say to those on His left on the Last Day. The rich man’s name was not written in the book of life, and consequently he is namelessly condemned for his refusal to believe the word of Moses and the prophets.

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