The Rich Young Man (Part 2)
do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not
commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All
these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When
the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Picking up from yesterday’s reading of The Rich Young Man parable, Jesus is answering the man’s question
of “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus tells to keep the commandments. The young man asks “Which ones?” Jesus mentions (Lutheran/Catholic order) 5th Commandment (You shall not murder), 6th Commandment
(Adultery), 7th Commandment (Steal), 8th Commandment (False Witness), 4th Commandment (Honor father/mother), and 9th & 10th Commandment (Coveting). Jesus lists all the commandments that pertain
to your neighbors, but he leaves out the first three commandments. The young man boldly claims that he has kept them… even though nobody can. Jesus narrows in on the first three commandments that focus not on the neighbor, but on man’s
relationship with God. Instead of asking about these, Jesus shows him his shortcomings. To show him who is his (g)God… He asks the young man to “sell everything he has and to give to the poor.” Jesus put him into a dilemma.
Does his heart belong to God or his possessions? The man “went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” His heart belonged to his possessions, the god of money. This is an issue that we must look into the mirror and ask
ourselves… “Who is my God?”
I pray: O Lord, too often I follow my own desires instead of following you. I repent, and ask for
your forgiveness. You are my God. In you alone do I put my trust. Amen.