Friday, February 28, 2014

Finn Gambus: Matthew 19:16-30 The Rich Young Man

A reading from Matthew 19:16-30:

The Rich Young Man

16 Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?" 17 "Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments." 18 "Which ones?" the man inquired. Jesus replied, " 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,' and 'love your neighbor as yourself.' " 20 "All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?" 21 Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." 22When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?" 26 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." 27 Peter answered him, "We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?" 28 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

In this part of the Bible the rich man wants to keep his possessions and he wants to go to Heaven. Jesus seats he must choose. The rich man does not want to choose and knows how his wealth make shim comfortable and not afraid. If he gives his possessions away he's afraid what its like to be poor. Jesus says "he doesn't need to be afraid cause God will take care of him." It is so hard for a rich man to trust in God and thats why its compared with a camel fitting into the eye of a needle. Money is important only when believe and when you believe God takes care of you money is not important because you know God will protect you. Selfish people are not happy and will not enter into the kingdom of God and the must have more then everybody. And unselfish person gives all his things just for respect and love. 

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