Then 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.’ Luke 16:24
The torment of hell is greater than just a flame. The torment also takes a great toll on the mental side of you.
He lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Luke 16:23
The rich man is tormented at seeing the comfort of heaven, comfort he is denied .
Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; Luke 16:25
The rich man is tormented at remembering his former life and rejection of Christ and how he treated others. There is torment at what you have said. Even your thoughts will betray you and return to torment you.
There is no Alzheimer’s in hell.
Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us. Luke 16:26
The rich man is tormented to know there was no escape for him. This is it for eternity.
I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment. Luke 16:27-28
The rich man is tormented with the thought that his five brothers would also come there. No one in hell wants anyone else to show up.
Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ Luke 16:29
The rich man is tormented in knowing there are others that will reject the Law & the Prophets (the Bible) and end up in hell.
If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead. Luke 16:31
The rich man is tormented with the thought that Someone IS raised from the dead and yet hell has enlarged herself (Isa 5:14) to handle the masses that reject Christ.
The rich man is tormented forever with these thoughts.
The rich man ended up with a burden for the loss. If only every Christian could be tormented as such! Then, we too, would have a burden for the lost while there is still hope for them.