Lesson Scriptures: Mark 10:12-22
Key Lesson Theme: “Our Commitment to Christ”
Today's Lesson: Wednesday, October 21
17 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good except God alone.
19 You know the commandments: Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; do not defraud; honor your father and mother.”
20 He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these from my youth.”
Once again as people gathered around Him, Jesus began to teach them. Perhaps while walking along the road or passing through some village, an unnamed man approached Him. By developing a composite picture noting the terms used by Matthew (Matt. 19:20) and Luke (Luke 18:18) and the detail of all three Gospel writers that the man was wealthy, we popularly call him the “Rich, Young Ruler.”
“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” His question is timeless, having been asked over and over again since.
The man did understand that eternal life was something to be inherited. As a Jew, the man was familiar with the concept that the present age would end and a new age would come in which only those acceptable to God would be able to participate. In our day, someone might ask, “What can I do so that I will be able to go to heaven?” It is an important question, one worthy of an answer, but the question itself is flawed. Apparently, he thought he could do something that would position him to find favor with God and receive the assurance of eternal life.
Obviously, the man was a decent person, the kind of person people liked and wanted to be like. In our day, we might look at a person like him and say, “If anyone’s going to heaven, he is. How could God turn away anyone like that?” The man may have felt that way about himself. If living by the commandments was what it took, then he may have felt like he was a shoo-in. But he knew all that before he came to Jesus. He had not found obeying the commandments as satisfying in terms of his search for eternal life. He had come to Jesus because he felt there must be something more; something he was missing.
What are some lasting truths from Mark 10:17-20?
>Seeking to know the way to eternal life is a worthy search.
>Living decent and moral lives and being faithful in religious practice is not sufficient to merit us eternal life.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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