Jesus One-on-One

Jesus and the Rich Young Ruler

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Ben Foust

Mark 10:13-31

Summary

When Jesus encounters the rich young ruler, he seems to deal with him differently than the others he has interacted with. Here, he seems to be pointing him back to the Law as the way to inherit eternal life. But in reality, he is pointing out to the young man that he is attempting to keep the law by watering down the requirements of the Law. He thinks he has kept them since his youth but Jesus shows him the Law requires perfection and he does not live up to that standard. Instead, he must receive the kingdom of heaven as a child receives a gift, with no expectation of deserving the gift.

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Keywords

  • Eternal Life
  • Humility
  • Money (Stewardship, Giving)