We are studying the book of Matthew in BSF (Bible Study Fellowship). Recently we discussed Matthew 19:16-22, the story about the rich young ruler coming to Jesus to ask what one thing he had to do to gain eternal life. Mark adds in one little phrase that Matthew left out, and I’ll italicize it in the quote.
Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? no one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.'”
And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.”
Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, adn follow Me.”
But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Did you see that? Jesus looked at this young man and loved him. And still, the man left without recognizing the deity of Jesus and with a greater love for himself and his stuff than for Jesus and other people.
I’m interested. What do you make of this?