9.19 Counseled A Rich Young Ruler
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Aug 26 9.19 As Jesus was leaving, a man ran up and knelt before him, asking, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus said, “Why call me good? None is good except God. To enter life, keep the commandments. ‘Do not commit adultery, nor murder, nor steal, nor witness falsely, nor cheat. Honor your parents.’” He replied, “Teacher, I have obeyed them from childhood.”
Jesus looked at him, loved him and said, “One thing you lack. Sell all your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure1 in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Hearing this saddened the wealthy young man and he left sorrowfully.
Aug 27 Jesus glanced around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter God’s kingdom.” His words amazed them. Then he added, “Children, how hard it is to enter God’s kingdom. It is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter God’s kingdom.” More surprised, they asked, “Who then can be saved?”
Jesus answered, “It is impossible with men, but all things are possible with God.” Peter exclaimed, “See, what’s our lot, we who left everything to follow you!”
Aug 28 Jesus replied, “Truly, in the new age, when the Son of man is seated on the throne of his glory, you my followers will sit upon twelve thrones ruling2 the twelve tribes of Israel. Anyone who has left3 home, wife, brothers, sisters, parents, children or land for me, the gospel and God’s kingdom, will receive in this age a hundredfold of these same things and also persecutions, and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are now first will be last, and the now last, will be first.”4