1 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;
2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
<b>From creation, marriage was ordained of God between am man and a woman and was ordained for the procreation of children, Since it is God who has joined man and woman together as one, no man has the authority (for it would necessarily be greater than God) to separate them. </b>
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
<b>Man cannot undo a union formed by His creator.</b>
7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
<b>Jesus explains that Moses realised that some marriage situations became irreconcilable, in particular when both parties would not consider any other solution, and so permitted separation.
But this action was permitted rather than desired as it was not God's will and original intention but was introduced to minimise sin.</b>
9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
<b>The disciples had already forgotten the incident recorded in Matt 18:1-5.</b>
14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
<b>Jesus affirms does not want anyone prevented from coming to Him..
The Kingdom of Heaven is for children and for those who are like children.
The child, in His openness and trust in his parents, is closer to God than the adult, who wants to live independently.</b>
15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
<b>This man comes to Jesus what works he needs to do to ensure eternal life.</b>
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
<b>Why do you give to me a title that belongs only to God, when you consider me to be a man.?
keep the commandments, perfectly, do not only one good thing, but all the good things the law requires.
Jesus illustrated that since no one can keep every aspect of the law perfectly, he could choose to drop his dependency on good works and come to Him for righteousness and life. </b>
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
<b>The man had asked for the one thing that he lacked and Jesus knowing he was very rich, revealed the very thing that he was unable to part with. The most important thing in his life.
Jesus then offers him his pathway to eternal life in righteousness, follow Him.</b>
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
<b>The law demands that a man love God with all his heart, mind, soul, and strength (Deut. 6:5).
Jesus himself had said that it is impossible to serve God and money (Luke 16:13).
Yet when the young man is challenged to put his relationship with God first, before his money, he fails to do so, revealing that he does not love the Lord his God with all his heart at all.</b>
23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
<b>Difficult for a person whose god is riches, not because he was rich, but that he had a wrong relationship with money.</b>
24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
<b>This was a phrase similar to 'pigs might fly' in our modern vernacular, signifying something that was impossible.</b>
25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
<b>If the disciples were all poor, they would have rejoiced at the possibility of only poor people being saved.
But this is clearly not then case as they were amazed.
That it would possibly mean that none of them would be saved since they had fishing businesses.
The disciples had the idea that God prospers the rich so that the wealthy had special prerogative before God.
This is why they were shocked that a rich man cannot enter the kingdom on his own merits.
Wealth is no indication of God’s approval.</b>
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
<b>It is impossible for men to save their souls by riches. It is very difficult for rich men not to trust their riches.
But it is God who provides the born again miracle, in the hearts of those who are willing to hear and obey the gospel, whether they are rich or poor, he will perform this miracle of salvation. For all things are possible with God.)
When a person is saved and born again (John 3-3) it is his human spirit that is born again, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, perfect and made alive to God. (John 3:5)
The soul, the mind will and emotions (1 Thes 5:23) remain the same and require renewal (Rom 12:2) so that the soul grows into an image of the perfected spirit, (Rom 8:29) the image of Christ as the mind is renewed, the work of sanctification(1 Thes 5:23). </b>
27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
<b>The 100 fold blessing of increase (Mark 4:20) and an abundance of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) and all these things will be added unto you (matt 6:33). </b>
30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
<b>Those whom the world views as first,” such as a rich men, with a wrong relationship to his riches, putting them first, will be “last.” God’s perspective does not agree with the world’s system; He will declare those who take up their cross and follow Jesus will be “first.” </b>