Study of Matthew 19:16-22 ~ My answers to BSF study questions
11. Challenge questions
a. The rich young ruler
- In Mark and Luke’s accounts, the rich young ruler addresses Jesus as “Good Teacher.” He doesn’t acknowledge Him as the son of God. On the surface it looked like he was on the right track because he ran to Jesus and knelt.
- He thinks that he can receive eternal life by works. He knows the commandments and says he has kept them all his life. Somehow, he must feel like it isn’t enough.
- Rather than confessing his sense of unworthiness, he asks what he can do. His trust is in himself and his own ability to accomplish whatever it is he is missing.
b. Jesus was trying to turn him from trusting in himself and his own abilities and turn to God for mercy and forgiveness. The man is either lying or deceived when he says he has kept the law. All have sinned. (Romans 3:23) Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary note on Matthew 19:20
12. Matthew 22:37-40
a. The rich, young ruler overlooked the love part—
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
b. His wealth and position
13. Mark 10:17-31
a. Jesus felt love toward the man. Jesus NEVER overlooks the love part!
b. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26 NASB
14. This week’s study has led to much soul-searching. Ultimately it led me to throw myself on the mercy and grace of God. I’m a dismal failure when it comes to producing righteousness on my own. Even what looks like humility and righteousness is often rooted in a selfish motive to garner a pat on the back.
I’m also prone to pouting and feeling sorry for myself.
I’m too old to behave like a child. Aren’t I?
Thankfully, Jesus doesn’t distance Himself from childish behavior. So in my best little girl clothes, Jesus here I come—pushing my way through the important people to crawl into Your lap.
“I hope You don’t mind if stay here awhile.”
I bury my face in His chest and let the tears flow freely.
As I do, He sings this excerpt from a song over me:
You are so beautiful, to me
Can’t you see
You’re everything I hoped for
You’re everything I need
You are so beautiful, to me.
I want to say, “thank you” but I’m too choked up to get the words out.
This is one of those times I’m thankful He knows my heart.