Matthew 19

Matthew 19, Jesus starts off the chapter teaching about marriage and divorce.  Then, he once again tells the disciples that the Kingdom of
Heaven belongs to those that are like the little children.

The majority of the chapter deals with the answer to the most important question ever asked, “What must I do to obtain eternal life?”  The man asking stated that he had kept all the commandments since he was small.  Jesus told him that he lacked one thing, “go sell all that you have and give to the poor.”  The man went away sad because he had a many possessions.  Jesus stated, “(Matthew 19:24) Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”  (NRSV)  This is a passage that seems to be overlooked by most because if we were true with ourself, most reading this are rich.  When you consider the teachings of Jesus, we should all be striving to give everything away instead of accumulating.

The disciples then asked, (Matthew 19:25-26) When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, “Then who can be saved?”  But Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”  (NRSV)  It all seems to go back to God’s grace.  We can not save ourselves, only through God is it possible. 

Have a great day,

Doug.

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