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Entered By: Mark
Entry Date: 2011-11-10 20:39:55
Subject: Rich Young Man
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A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall  not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony,  honor your father and mother.’”

“All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.

When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You  still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor,  and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Luke 18:18-21

One of the things that always struck me about this passage is that Jesus skipped right over the top commandments. He says nothing about not serving other gods, idol worship nor blasphemy. Jesus even states, in the Gospel of Mark 12:28-30 that loving God with all of our hearts and all of our strength is the greatest commandment.

At first glance it sounds like the Lord is almost flippant with the young man, however the ultimate verse above "Sell everything you have and give to the poor,  and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” essentially states what the rich man had to do to show his love and worship for our Father. If he could not give up his wealth, he had an idol and it interfered with, even prevented his relationship with Dad.

Normally you would expect some kind of object lesson at the end of a blog like this, but I'll leave the obvious challenge of self-examination to your imagination.

A worthless person, a wicked man,
Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth,
Who winks with his eyes , who signals with his feet,
Who points with his fingers;
Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil,
Who spreads strife. - Proverbs 6:12-14

(Always wanted to quote this scripture whenever I see the winking emoticon).





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