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About-Him.Com Devotional 04-30-2005
My Thoughts on the Life of Christ, from His Baptism to His Ascension.
175: The Rich Young Ruler Mt.19:16-30; Mk.10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30
Mt. 19:16 -30 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
A young rich ruler of the synagogue had no doubt been a silent observer as Jesus ministered to the people. He, like the apostle Paul, considered that he was blameless in keeping the law of Moses. However, there was an emptiness in his heart, something was missing. He had probably struggled with the idea of approaching Jesus for some time. He probably observed Jesus blessing the little children. When he saw that Jesus was leaving to return to Jerusalem, he came running.
He addressed the Lord as “Good Master.” "What big and noble thing can I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus said, “You know the law, what does it say? Don’t kill, Don’t commit adultery, Don’t lie, Honor your father and mother and treat your neighbor as yourself?” “Lord, I’ve done all of this, what else is lacking?” Jesus looked upon him with compassion and love and gave him a two part answer: If you want to be perfect, sell your possessions and distribute the proceeds to the poor and take up your cross and follow me. Then you’ll have treasures laid up in heaven. The young man hung his head and went away with great sorrow, for he was very rich.
Jesus remarked to his disciples that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to be saved. This made the disciples wonder. If keepers of the law could not be saved and a rich man could not be saved, just who could be saved? Jesus answered that that which was impossible with men was quite possible with God.
Mark 19:23 ¶ Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
This prompted Peter to ask, “What about us? We’ve left our homes and businesses and have been following you for three years now?” Jesus answered that everyone who had forsaken houses and lands and family would receive a hundredfold blessing in this lifetime and in the future life would sit with Him judging the twelve tribes of Israel. However, once again the admonition is given that the first shall be last and the last shall be first.
Conclusion and Application:
When the young ruler addressed Jesus as "Good Master," was he just being courteous or was he trying to flatter Jesus? Perhaps he had a glimpse of His Deity? I don't know. What do you think?
What do I lack? This question can only be answered at the feet of Jesus on an individual basis. We know that our good works and religiosity won’t save us. We know that the blood of Jesus will. The answer is still to deny ourself and take up our cross and follow Him.
It is said the “eye of the needle” refers to a gate in Jerusalem where the camels had to squat down to pass through. However the disciples took our Lord’s statement as meaning that it was impossible for a rich person to be saved. Jesus replied that what man saw as impossible was very possible with God.
The current prosperity doctrine that is sweeping the church is in direct opposition to our Lord’s teaching in this parable. See God Wants You Richhttp://about-him.com/page45.html
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