Scripture: Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30

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Jesus Speaks To The Rich Young Man

Matthew 19:16-30 (KJV) 16 And, behold, one came and said unto Him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  17 And He said unto him, Why callest thou Me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.  18 He saith unto Him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  20 The young man saith unto Him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?  21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me.  22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. 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?  28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.  30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Mark 10:17-31 (KJV) 17 And when Jesus was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to Him, and asked Him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?  18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou Me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.  19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.  20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.  21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.  22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.  23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto His disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!  25 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.  26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?  27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.  28 Then Peter began to say unto Him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed Thee.  29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My sake, and the gospel’s, 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.  31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

Luke 18:18-30 (KJV) 18 And a certain ruler asked Jesus, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou Me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.  20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.  21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.  22 Now when Jesus heard these things, He said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow Me.  23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.  24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, He said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!  25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.  26 And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?  27 And He said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.  28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed Thee.  29 And He said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, 30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

Questions:

1. When asked what “good thing” must be done to get/inherit eternal life, what did Jesus say (Matthew 19:17; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20)?

2. When the man asked what he lacked, what did Jesus say (Matthew 19:21; Mark 10:21; Luke 18:22)?

3. How did the man respond to what Jesus said (Matthew 19:22; Mark 10:22; Luke 18:23)?

4. Who has a hard time getting into heaven (Matthew 19:23; Mark 10:23; Luke 18:24)?

5. What did Jesus say when the disciples asked Him then “who could get into heaven” (Matthew 19:25-26; Mark 10:26-27 ; Luke 18:26-27)?

6. What did Jesus say when asked by Peter what they would receive (Matthew 19:28; Mark 10:28; Luke 18:28-29)?

7. What does Jesus say everyone will receive who has given up all (Matthew 19:29-30; Mark 10:29-31; Luke 18:29-30)?

Answers:

1. Jesus said, “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”

2. Jesus said, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me.”    

3. The young man heard what Jesus said and went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.  He was very rich.

4. Those that are rich have a hard time getting into heaven.

5. Jesus said, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” 

6. And Jesus said unto them, “Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” 

7. Jesus said, “Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.  30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.”

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him,” If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me.”

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse.  What do you believe this verse means?  Do you believe all believers need to sell all they have?  Perhaps we need to consider whether if asked by God could we do that.  My Bible notes: When Jesus told this young man that he would “be perfect” if he gave everything he had to the poor, Jesus wasn’t speaking in the temporal, human sense.  He was explaining how to be justified and made whole or complete in God’s sight.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 19:26 (NIV) “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this (salvation) is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We should be willing to do whatever God tells us to do.  So nothing can come between us and God.  We shouldn’t use our possessions in selfish ways. 

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We should share not just God’s Word but God’s provisions.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will obey all Your commandments (Matthew 19:17). Lord, I pray we will share what we have with those in need (Matthew 19:21).  Lord, I pray we will indeed follow after You (Matthew 19:21).  Lord, I thank You that with You all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). Lord, I pray we will look forward to the day we will be with You (Matthew 19:29-30).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I trust God with all our being.” <>< Dona