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5/27 – Warnings About Riches

Mark 10:24-31

In today’s reading Jesus speaks of how difficult it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God. He uses the familiar “easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle” comparison which really expresses an impossibility, but then follows it up with “with God all things are possible”.

The disciples express to him that they have left everything and Jesus makes a wonderful promise to those who give up much to follow him. Note that He says there will be blessings in this life (along with persecutions) as well as eternal life to come.

Yesterday’s reading closed with how hard it is for those who HAVE riches (10:23) to enter the Kingdom of God.  In today’s reading Jesus says “how hard it is for those who TRUST IN riches to enter the kingdom of God (24).  Whats the difference? Is having riches wrong? Is it dangerous?



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5/26 – Jesus And The Rich Young Ruler

Mark 10:17-23

Mark identifies this man as simply one who came running and knelt before Jesus. At the end of the account we are told he had great possessions (v22).  Luke’s account tells us he was a ruler (Luke 18:18).  Matthew 19:20 tells us he was young, thus he is called “the Rich Young Ruler!”

He expresses a great desire to be right with God, but he was clearly unwilling to part with his possessions.

Perhaps the most interesting statement is when it says in verse 21 that Jesus, looking at him loved Him.  We know Jesus loves us all!  How do you understand that statement about Jesus and the rich young ruler?


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