Life consists of contrasts and differences. One day is great and all things are smooth sailing, and the next the wheels fall off and troubles pour in. As you head out on your family vacation, one wants the radio tuned to KRRO, another to KNWC, and another to KXRB. When planning supper, one says steak and sweet potatoes, one says Pizza Ranch, and one says macaroni and cheese. In most households one is a saver and one a spender, or one enjoys dressing up and the other likes their fuzzy britches.
The examples are endless, but all point to the fact that life consists of contrasts and differences. Our account of Luke 16:19-31 is also a story of contrasts and differences, yet ones that are vital and essential for they portray valuable lessons about life, death, and eternity.