Scripture Verse Of the Week

mark 10

Mark 10 verse 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”.

This a verse from the story of ‘The Rich Young Ruler’, A rich young ruler, had just come to Jesus, while His disciples were present. The man asked Jesus what he must do inherit eternal life.

A lot of people theses days would pay a lot of money for the assurance of eternal life, but the eternal life they are seeking is a continuance of there current lifestyle.

Theses people would be as surprised as the young man was, when He tells the man to sell all he has and give the money to the poor. His disciples are startled. how can a rich person enter the kingdom of God?

Jesus then uses a striking word picture, about a camel passing through the eye of a needle. What did Jesus mean, one answer could have been a camel trying to pass through a mountain pass or small gate.

Jesus spoke in Aramaic, and the Aramaic word, used in the translation ‘camel’ was {gamla} can also be translated ‘rope’. So it may have been Jesus using the word picture of rope trying to go through a sewing needle.

Whatever the right interpretation is, the demand placed on the rich man was radical and one that Jesus did not require of all His disciples. Jesus intent was to discover the extent to which the man really desired eternal life. Could the young man except the the self-denial of discipleship needed to follow Jesus.

There is a well known song, ‘All to Jesus I surrender’, now that is a question we all need to ask ourselves, are we prepared to surrender all we have, to Jesus. The blessing received in following our Lord and Our Friend, far out way, anything, He may require us to lay aside to follow Him.

He came to challenge all of us, to live great lives for Him.

God Bless.


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