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The Rich Young Man

Matthew 19:16-23

16  And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not 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.20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.22  When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus and Rich Young Man

Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Matthew 19:16-22

Christ knew that covetousness was the sin which most easily beset this young man; though he had got honestly what he possessed, yet he could not cheerfully part with it, and by this his want of sincerity was shown. Christ’s promises make his precepts easy, and his yoke pleasant and very comfortable; yet this promise was as much a trial of the young man’s faith, as the precept was of his charity and contempt of the world. It is required of us in following Christ, that we duly attend his ordinances, strictly follow his pattern, and cheerfully submit to his disposals; and this from love to him, and in dependence on him. To sell all, and give to the poor, will not serve, but we are to follow Christ. The gospel is the only remedy for lost sinners. Many abstain from gross vices who do not attend to their obligations to God. Thousands of instances of disobedience in thought, word, and deed, are marked against them in the book of God. Thus numbers forsake Christ, loving this present world: they feel convictions and desires, but they depart sorrowful, perhaps trembling. It behoves us to try ourselves in these matters, for the Lord will try us.


Materialism = Poverty

Funny How this video portrays what our culture is today and counters it with the values and ethics that are clearly found and taught in the Bible. What they don’t know is that the Bible has been teaching this, in between the lines of scripture, for over 2,000 years! People were created in the image of God and made for relationship with the Father. But we are also to be the caretakers of our planet and the animals which live within it. “When people strongly endorse in Money, Image, and Status they are less likely to engage in ecologically beneficial activities….”, when people endorse these things not only are the worshiping and Idol, but they are also more concerned with themselves more than others. Which is one of many topics the Bible teaches to steer clear from, which is also what this video is combating. Scripture Verses on Idols noted here. We don’t only affect ourselves but those around us as well, which is what is taught throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, Scripture References found here, Explanatory note found here. This is not only found in the Secular communities, but sadly also found in Christian communities, due to religious leaders (or fellow Christians) not confronting their brethren on the sins in which they have knowledge about Matthew 18:15-20 “If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector…”.

“The problem is, like the Pharisees, we prefer our safe religion over the death of our selfish spiritual aspirations…”

The Biblical definition of Idolatry; We become guilty of idolatry when we worship something other than or higher then God. The Lord says in the Second Commandment (found in Exodus 20)

The Secular definition of Idolatry; The excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion, etc towards something or someone… further defined in Wikipedia according to cultures and religions.

We are also taught to love our brothers and to carry their burdens, which requires us to care for all living people no matter their status. This includes those who our secular society call the bottom of the barrel i.e.. homeless, orphans, widows, the needy, the poor, the foreign, and to love them as we love ourselves and treat them the way we are supposed to be treated Scripture References. Another valid point that this video makes but they call it an intrinsic value.

“…and whoever would be first among you must be slaveof all.For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:44-45 ESV

“You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child.” Exodus 22:22 – ESV

“My brothers,show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.” James 2:1

Meaning of intrinsic value explained; “What does it mean for a thing to have “intrinsic value”? As the name indicates, to have intrinsic value means that a thing has value by the mere act of existing. One cannot add to one’s value or take away from one’s value; all things that of a group that are intrinsically valuable are all equally valuable. If we could add to intrinsic value, then the value is ultimately extrinsic. It is the same if we could take the value away. Thus, if value is intrinsic, it is the same for everyone.”

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