Deuteronomy 13-15, Mark 10:1-31
It could also be a way that Jesus told the people that He was God. Jesus didn’t usually say to the people directly that He was God, those with ears to hear may have picked up on the occasions. If Jesus is good, then He must be God!
Why does Jesus say, “no one is good but God alone”?
I believe he’s drawing attention to the mistaken belief that goodness can come from our actions. The young man believes that, because he has more or less kept God’s commands, he is a good person. If he believes this about himself, it only makes sense that he projects this belief onto other people – because Jesus does good works, he is also a good person. But Jesus understands this is his reasoning for calling him “good teacher” and so tells him that “no one is good but God.” Our actions don’t determine it – in fact, we are all, as humans, incapable of true goodness. I don’t think Jesus was here actually denying his goodness (notice he doesn’t say “I am not good”), but was perhaps saying to the man “only God is truly good, because goodness isn’t achieved by human action So why, if you believe me to be human, do you call me good?”
If that makes sense…
I loved the connection today in the in the old & New Testament verses. In deut 15:8-10 Moses tells the people to reach out to the poor – “8 but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks…10 ‘You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings.” And then we read in mark: 21 ‘Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
These passages just reinforce that to love and serve God is to love and serve others. Jesus found his value and calling while serving others – he found significance solely in being kind and compassionate, generous and humble, which is what God wants of us. When reading today, I was reminded of a quote I saw the other day from Ghandi – “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” — you will not find significance or God for that matter by making more money, being the best of the best, etc. those things ultimately lead to a worldly view that doesn’t leave room for God and like Jesus says “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” What car you drive, how much you have you in your bank account, the clothes you wear, etc. etc. are of no importance to God which coincides with what Jesus tells the people – many who are first will be last, and the last, first. God wants us to love him and serve him by opening our hearts to everyone, and in doing that we will be blessed immensely.
Thank you for sharing that. I see the connection.
With the rich, young man, I am reminded of how easy it is to get distracted my material things. When God tells us to give it all up and follow Him, I can rest assured that my reward is so much greater, because He is my sweet reward and He will fill that void that I am tempted to stuff with “false gods”. He wants to fulfill us :)
23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
As a child reading this, I never really took it to heart. Living in middle class-suburban America, I never really considered myself rich. I couldn’t by anything I wanted. I didn’t shower in tubs full of money.
Even as a “poor college kid” I am so rich. I don’t have to worry about where my next meal will come from (A mediocre buffet is still more food than most of the world could dream of).
Of course it’s easier for the poor to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. To do that, Jesus asks for complete trust. The rich (all of us) aren’t used to depending on God for literally everything.
This verse that I never thought applied to me?
Newsflash! It applies to me. And you.
Jesus, change my attitude. Shift my thinking into giving You total control. Help me realize everything I am comes from You. Help me depend on you entirely!
“Jesus looked at him and loved him…” Mark 10:21
It’s so cool to envision Jesus looking at us and loving us. How beautiful that Jesus loves us, despite our sin and sometimes even our unwillingness to follow Him and what He has for us. It’s not because of anything we have done, but because of the nature of who He is. Thank you Jesus for loving me despite my sin and giving the privilege of following you.
I was touched by this as well! I reread it about 6 times just to take in that Jesus could look at us and just love us!
Ah, I totally missed this part of the verse because I was so caught up in the next part. Thank you for pointing this out.
Mk 10:20 “And he said to Him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up’.” But how? Was this arrogance? Or false piety? Or was he really that good? To say that he had kept the law of God perfectly since he was a child. It’s not physically possible!
Deuteronomy 13, why can you only eat of certain things back then and how does that apply to the gospel now?
I can’t find the reference, but somewhere in New testament Jesus made all things clean. I wish I could find it. I will keep looking.
Mark 7:19 :)
Meghan, also reminds me of Acts 10:9-15
I know many say that Jesus has made all things clean, but personally, since I’m not sure how that applies to the gospel now, I like to use it as a health reference. We saw in our reading last month that God told us to circumsize on the eighth day and modern science has discovered medically beneficial reasons for that. He made us so He knows how we operate best, so I try to stay away from foods He says are unclean (except bacon, I need my bacon! Lol) for example, lobster. It doesn’t have a fin or scales so it was deemed unclean to eat. Modern day dieticians have described lobsters as “cockroaches of the sea”. They aren’t healthy to eat. God already knew that.
How interesting about lobsters! But I’ve noticed also how practical God is in the Old Testament. Idk the science behind them, but the food laws (separating meats and dairy, among others) and other laws like isolating someone after they have been close to a dead body, are meant to keep the Israelites ALIVE! How could God do his work on them if they die from food poisoning or disease. Pretty cool!
Another thing is that the Old Testament is the Old Testament. When Jesus came and did all that he did for us, he restarted a new era, a new beginning. He fulfilled all the things in the Old Testament. Like in Hebrews, it talks about how Jesus is now our high Priests. And all the old ways of the Old Testament have now changed. That’s why the New Testament is new. It’s a whole new understanding. Don’t that make any sense to y’all?
I’m not sure that makes the OT irrelevant…Or maybe you’re not suggesting that. :) Jesus came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it (Mt 5). Jesus IS God in the flesh. All of who God is (holy, loving, just… – His whole character is seen in our Savior Jesus. Yes we are living in the church age but how fascinating that our science is now helping us understand the importance of the OT dietary requirements. Bottom dweller fish for example (garbage eaters) are banned, but fish with fins are permitted. How cool is that? That circumcision fact about blood clotting was cool too. Why do we have such a hard time trusting the Creator of the universe. Ugh… Wretched (wo)men that I am … Thankfully Jesus has saved me from this body of sin and death. Praise God for His grace and salvation!
I know some animals, like pigs, have to be cooked at extremely high temperatures to kill all bacteria and virus’s, and in ancient times it was impossible to heat something that much. So God was protecting the Israelites by saying they couldn’t eat it
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