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A Ruler, a Parable, a Mother

Study Passage: Matthew 19:16-20:34

“What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” ~ Matthew 19:16

“Which [commandment]?” ~ Matthew 19:18

“What lack I yet?” ~ Matthew 19:20

A young ruler asks Jesus three questions and our Lord responds with three explanations. When the disciples process His words, they suppose themselves to be worthy of the Kingdom and to receive great reward in it. Jesus corrects them: getting into the Kingdom by riches or by forsaking riches is impossible, illustrated by a camel trying to squeeze through the eye of a needle. In reality, God can put a camel through a needle’s eye easily, but it cost Him His only Son to bring sinners into favor with Himself.

“For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.” ~ Matthew 20:1

This parable has given some of us who have worked for the Lord for a long time some heartburn. Note that the first crew has an “agreement” for say $100 for a day’s work, while the other four work and trust the employer to pay them equitably. The householder did right by them all. God will reward each of us by HOW we have served him, not HOW LONG.

“Even the son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister.”

The mother of James and John asks Jesus to set her two sons beside His throne in the Kingdom of Heaven. Then He turns conventional wisdom on its head: those rewarded must serve others, following the example He was about to set in the upper room.

Matthew follows these three conversations with a miracle of Jesus, validating our Lord’s authority to teach the principles in the preceding narratives.

Getting the facts #1: Matthew 19:16-22

  • What did Jesus say was necessary to inherit eternal life?
  • What was Jesus revealing to the young man when he asked him to sell all and give the money to the poor?

Getting the facts #2: Matthew 19:23-30

  • What was Jesus revealing to the disciples concerning eternal life through the young man’s testimony?

Getting the facts #3: Matthew 20:1-16

  • What does this parable teach about making deals with the Master?

Getting the facts #4: Matthew 20:17-19

  • List the important facts Jesus revealed to His disciples.
  • Why were these important for the disciples to know?

Getting the facts #5: Matthew 20:20-34

  • What important fact about leadership does our Lord teach in these verses?

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