Mark 10:17–31 (ESV)
The Rich Young Man
And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You
know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’ ” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21
And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for
he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed
at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly
astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything
and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time,
houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
A lot of people
see this parable teaching us “to sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” Jesus certainly does this, but I see a different meaning going on. Jesus tells the young man the commandments and
list out Commandment 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th, and 4th. Jesus did not list out the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Commandments which all deal with God. The 1st Commandment is “You shall have no other gods before me.” By telling
the young man to sell everything he has and to give to the poor, he is showing the young man that his wealth is his god, not God! I don’t see selling everything as a command, but a lesson to the man to show what had a higher priority, money or
God. The young man chose money and “he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” The next part of this parable is teaching that it is impossible for man to get into heaven (eye of the needle), and it is physically impossible.
The only way to get into heaven is through the grace and mercy of God. This IS true for all people. The only way to get into heaven is through Jesus Christ.
As a side note, the Lutheran Church
numbers the Ten Commandments with the same numbering as the Catholic church. The Protestant church uses a different numbering scheme. We all agree on Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5, so the numbering is not as important as is the text... however it
I pray: O Lord, you are my Lord and my God. Forgive me when I let other things work into my life that distract me from you being the highest priority. I repent and want
to do better. Help me to keep my focus and to keep you as the highest priority. Satan wants to divert me, but help me to keep my focus. Amen.