The Rich Young Man – Matt 19-20

In chapter 19, the Pharisees try to pin Jesus down on divorce. In verse 9, Jesus makes the very unpopular statement “And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” There have been many creative ways devised to wiggle out of and around that verse. But there is no way to dismiss the fact that God takes the marriage vow very seriously, and expects it to be honored.

Christ and The Pharisees

Christ and The Pharisees (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The rich young man, who came to Jesus in verse 16, was looking for Jesus to tell him how to get eternal life, as if it were something that he could earn. And it’s true that the fact that you cannot earn it is part of the lesson here. But Jesus told him that he needed to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor. But why? We can surmise from the text that the problem Jesus saw in the young man’s life was that of greed and covetousness. His possessions were his idols.

The lesson of the laborers in the vineyard in chapter 20 is often missed. It is easy for those who have followed Jesus for a long time to begin to think they are more deserving than those who come later. Jesus makes it clear that what matters is that they come at all.

/Bob’s boy

Bible Reading Schedule for this month
Click links below to read or listen to audio of one of this week’s chapters in Colossians and Luke

Matt 16, Matt 17, Matt 18, Matt 19, Matt 20


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