Matthew Lesson 20 Day 5

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Matthew Lesson 20 Day 5

Matthew 19:16-30

13. The rich young ruler

  • In Mark and Luke’s accounts, the rich young ruler addresses Jesus as “Good Teacher.” He doesn’t acknowledge Him as the son of God. On the surface, it looked like he was on the right track because he ran to Jesus and knelt. 
  • He thinks that he can receive eternal life by works. He knows the commandments and says he has kept them all his life. Somehow, he must feel like it isn’t enough.
  • Rather than confessing his sense of unworthiness, he asks what he can do. His trust is in himself and his own ability to accomplish whatever it is he is missing. 

14. Jesus was trying to turn him from trusting in himself and his own abilities and turn to God for mercy and forgiveness. “The man is either lying or deceived when he says he has kept the law. All have sinned. (Romans 3:23)” Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary note on Matthew 19:20

b. The rich, young ruler overlooked the love part—

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

He loved his wealth and position

Mark 10:17-31

Jesus felt love toward the man. Jesus NEVER overlooks the love part!

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26 NASB 

  1. a.  In Matthew 19:23-30, Jesus says it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. It is still true today. Those who have material wealth often place their trust in the allure of perceived security, power, and happiness it may bring. They disregard how temporal it may be. And it cannot purchase a loving family, a good reputation, or good health.

Additionally, the pursuit of wealth can lead to irrational and criminal behavior leading to despair and suicide.

In the past few weeks (2014), six bankers have died mysteriously or committed suicide, likely due to “regulatory scrutiny over their so-called ‘pre-crisis cheating’ and multi-billion dollar rigging of benchmark and commodity rates. JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank have been hit the hardest, with JPM being fined a record $4 billion and Deutsche Bank facing a $1.93 billion bill.”

b.  Jesus said, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

God can do anything! What a powerful statement! Keep on asking. Keep on seeking. Keep on knocking.

Peter asks Jesus a blunt question: “What do we get for following You?”

The promises that are given to those who give up something or someone for the sake of Christ:

They will receive many times as much in this life.

Mark 10:29-30 says “one-hundred fold” and not “many times.”

Hundredfold is literally true in the spiritual sense.1

Matthew Poole described some of the ways we get our hundredfold:

· Joy in the Holy Ghost, peace of conscience, the sense of God’s love.

· Contentment. They shall have a contented frame of mind.

· God will stir up the hearts of others to supply their wants, and that supply shall be sweeter to them than their abundance was.

· God sometimes repays them in this life, as He restored Job after his trial to greater riches.1

The extra promise is “along with persecution.”

  • Romans 8:17-18 —”…we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
  • 2 Timothy 3:12 —”…everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
  • 1 Peter 2:19–21 —”…if you’re treated badly for good behavior and continue in spite of it to be a good servant, that is what counts with God.”
  • 1 Peter 4:12–13 —Those who persecute us are actually persecuting Christ. (see Acts 9:4) We are being tested.

Day 6

The part of this week’s study about marriage led once again to soul-searching and feeling condemnation. And again it led me to throw myself on the mercy and grace of God.

Thankfully, Jesus doesn’t distance Himself from us. So, Jesus here I come—pushing my way through the crowd to crawl into Your lap.

Jesus, I hope You don’t mind if stay here awhile.

I bury my face in His chest and let the tears flow freely.

As I do, He sings this over me:

You are so beautiful, to me

Can’t you see

You’re everything I hoped for

You’re everything I need

You are so beautiful, to me.

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