Study of Matthew 19:23 — Matthew 21:17 ~ My answers to BSF study questions
3. a. In Matthew 19:23-30, Jesus says it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. It is still true today. Those who have material wealth often place their trust in the allure of perceived security, power, happiness it may bring. They disregard how temporal it may be. And it cannot purchase a loving family, a good reputation, or good health.
Additionally, the pursuit of wealth can lead to irrational and criminal behavior leading to despair and suicide.
In the past few weeks, six bankers have died mysteriously or committed suicide, likely due to “regulatory scrutiny over their so-called ‘pre-crisis cheating’ and multi-billion dollar rigging of benchmark and commodity rates. JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank have been hit the hardest, with JPM being fined a record $4 billion and Deutsche Bank facing a $1.93 billion bill.”
b. Jesus said, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26b
God can do anything! What a powerful statement! Keep on asking. Keep on seeking. Keep on knocking.
4. Promises given to those who give up something or someone for the sake of Christ:
a. They will receive many times as much in this life.
b. They will receive eternal life in the future.
5. a. Mark 10:29-30 says “one-hundred fold” rather than “many times.” The additional promise is “along with persecution.”
- Romans 8:17-18 —”…we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
- 2 Timothy 3:12 —”…everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
- 1 Peter 2:19–21 —”…if you’re treated badly for good behavior and continue in spite of it to be a good servant, that is what counts with God.”
- 1 Peter 4:12–13 —Those who persecute us are actually persecuting Christ. (see Acts 9:4) We are being tested.
I think it is important to note, the references regarding persecution and suffering refer to circumstances that come at the hands of others because of their belief in Jesus Christ. These difficulties are NOT sickness and disease.
I’ve heard people refer to their sickness as “suffering for Jesus.” Jesus healed them all! The one time the disciples were unable to heal someone, Jesus rebuked them for lack of faith. Jesus wants us well!
I realize persecution can involve physical and emotional wounding and even death. Paul possibly died or nearly died on several occasions. When he was stoned and left for dead, the disciples gathered around him and he got up. “The next day he went away with Barnabas to Derbe.” W
hat is an amazing miracle!
6. The joys and rewards we have as Christ’s followers:
- the joy of knowing we are blessed to be counted worthy
- “…see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Luke 21:27
- Our reward in heaven is great. Matthew 5:11-12 NASB
- The people, places, or things we give up to follow Christ, will be given back to us one hundred fold in this life!