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Lesson # Matt. 19:17-19
Study Material - Matt. 19:17-19
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17 And [de] he said [epo] unto him [autos] , Why [tis] callest thou [lego] me [me] good [agathos] ? there is none [oudeis] good [agathos] but [ei me] one [heis] , that is, God [theos] : but [de] if [ei] thou wilt [thelo] enter [eiserchomai] into [eis] life [zoe] , keep [tereo] the commandments [entole] .
18 He saith [lego] unto him [autos] , Which [poios] ? [de] Jesus [Iesous] said [epo] , Thou shalt do [phoneuo] no [ou] murder [phoneuo] , Thou shalt [moicheuo] not [ou] commit adultery [moicheuo] , Thou shalt [klepto] not [ou] steal [klepto] , Thou shalt [pseudomartureo] not [ou] bear false witness [pseudomartureo] ,
19 Honour [timao] thy [sou] father [pater] and [kai] thy mother [meter] : and [kai] , Thou shalt love [agapao] thy [sou] neighbour [plesion] as [hos] thyself [seautou] . KJV-Interlinear
17 And He said to him, 'Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.' 18 He said to Him, 'Which ones?' And Jesus said, 'You shall not commit 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. ' NAS
The rich young ruler was familiar with the scriptures, namely: Lev 18:4-5, 4 'You are to perform My judgments and keep My statutes, to live in accord with them; I am the LORD your God. 5 'So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the LORD.
But the man thought that these meant that he was to live a perfect life. He was confused, and that is clear from the beginning. Jesus did not answer him outright because he was not interested in the truth. Instead Jesus led him through an exercise in reality.
'What good thing must I do?' was the original question. The man was interested in what 'he' could 'do' in order to obtain eternal life. He did not consider what it was that God wanted. So the test. 'Why come to me?' Jesus asks him why, with all the scriptures, with the temple, with the traditions of the priesthood, why come to a man who clearly has no human credentials - a mere son of a carpenter. Jesus was not teaching anything that was different from the scriptures. Nothing new has been introduced.
'There is only 'One' who is good.' Who is that? But the rich young ruler shows no interest in who that 'One' might be. He is only interested in what 'he' might be able to do. Yet the 'One' who is good is standing right before him.
So Jesus goes on to the commandments - the least of which are least impossible to accomplish. Jesus does not refer to the first four commandments, and especially, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might', which was not mentioned.
The man had detached God from eternity as though eternity was some form of extension of this physical life.
The commandments given are impossible for anyone to keep. In fact all the commandments show mankind that man is hopelessly lost without God. Man has to be aware of his sinfulness, otherwise man will pursue life assuming that he is something other than imperfect, and that will lead to miserably wrong conclusions like not needing God.
In life there is a right and a wrong. There is a good and an evil. If you are not one then you must be the other for there is no in between. All of mankind is in the wrong and evil category. Only a fool would think that he is good, 'I'm a good person.' And that is really a relative statement with respect to life in our environment. None of us are perfect 100% of our lives. Even one infraction cancels our 'good' status - Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit. So if we then are bad, then we need to look for some mechanism of changing our status.
A change from within ourselves is impossible. We are no stronger or capable than our weakest link, and sin is our weakness, or rather our sin nature. If then we are weak because of our sin nature and are unable to rid ourselves of it, then we need to look to another source which is not encumbered by sin. That other source is God.
Once we have our attention on God, then we need to learn His policy with respect to sin and deliverance from it. But first things first. The rich young ruler was focusing on his own resources and desires, and not the plan of God.
The list of commandments given by Jesus were those which relate man to man, murder, adultery; steal, false witness, parents, and love. If man cannot orient himself to man, then how can mankind orient to God? And the answer is of course that we need to first orient to God through His plan, before we can even begin to orient to humanity.
We just finished a study of orientation of children to life, of single people to the pressures of remaining single, and of husband to wife in a marriage. None of these work out for the better unless they are done in conformity with Gods will. Likewise eternity is less than desirable unless man looks to Gods plan for salvation, and leaves his own ideas and designs behind.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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