Posts Tagged ‘Rich man approaches Jesus’

Mark 10:17-31 What Must I Do

(This post also seems to have disappeared. I discovered both this issue when looking for this one so I wouldn’t repeat what was said in it for Luke’s passage on this story.)

That's one way to get rid of your goods

That’s one way to get rid of your goods

Jesus is heading out of town when He is approached by a man seeking answers. This man is looking for eternal answers that only Jesus has.

I’m having a hard time writing today because this story is one Matthew already covered. I know we have had that many other times, but today I’m having difficulty finding something new to look at. I’m going to do something I haven’t done before. I’m going to point you back to the post from Matthew’s account, Rich Man Poor Man and then include a couple of things I feel I could add today.

When I was reading this passage I was drawn to the man’s use of the word “inherit.” This man was most likely a Jew because he had been following the commandments since his youth. Because of God’s covenant with Abraham the Jews believed they were all children of God and entitled to an inheritance from God. The Jewish nation was, and still is, God’s chosen people, but God put conditions on His inheritance and blessings for them. Is this what the man was referring to? What must he do to receive his birthright? Read more »

Matthew 19:16-26 Rich Man Poor Man

The eye of the needle

The eye of the needle

Jesus has left the area in Judea beyond the Jordan. We are not told where He and His disciples are. There doesn’t appear to be a great crowd with them either. I’m wondering if this encounter happened on the road between two destinations.

First off, Matthew doesn’t tell us the man is rich until he is leaving Jesus’ company. Is that because the man didn’t appear rich when he met up with Jesus? Did he dress down to meet Jesus? Did he hide his wealth any time he went out in public? Or did he come with all the trappings and Matthew simply didn’t mention them?

As a rich man, did he come with a haughty attitude of being able to buy his way into Heaven? Was he earnestly seeking? He apparently thought he had done all the right things so far. He was looking for that one last “good deed” that he needed to accomplish in order to secure his future. This to me says that he knew in his heart something was lacking. No matter how hard he tried so far, he knew it was not enough. Read more »