In Christ we Trust
Category : General
St. Mark 10: 24 (KJV)
24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
It is said, “A man may have great wealth and love God more than the wealth, and be a Christian; just as a poor man may have a little and love the little more than God, and never be a Christian.”
This verse is unique to Mark. The disciples” amazement arose from the popular belief that riches were a result of God’s blessing for righteousness. They thought riches were an advantage, not a disadvantage in one’s relationship with God. Here only in the Gospels Jesus addressed the disciples as “children” (Gr. tekna). Their amazement revealed their spiritual immaturity. Nevertheless, the temptation to trust in riches is augmented and intensified for the person who possesses them.
The disciples expected, in a little while, that the kingdom of the Messiah would be set up in great worldly pomp and grandeur; and that all the rich men of the nation would come into it, become his subjects, and join to support the glory and splendor of it.
This verse is of importance because Christ spoke to partly confirm what He had before said, at which His disciples were astonished; and partly to explain it, as that He was to be understood of such that trusted in their riches, set their hearts upon them, and placed their hope and happiness in them. Also concerning the great difficulty, or rather impossibility of such, at least continuing so, entering into the kingdom of God, is still more strongly expressed in the following words.
Notice how Jesus softens the harsh truth, by the manner of delivering it! And yet without retracting or abating one tittle: How hard is it for them that trust in riches – Either for defense, or happiness, or deliverance from the thousand dangers that life is continually exposed to. He was saying that these cannot enter into God’s glorious kingdom, is clear and undeniable: but it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a man to have riches, and not trust in them. Therefore, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom.
In this elaboration of what He meant, Jesus distinguished between them that “have riches” and them that “trust in riches,” the latter being the great deterrent to entering God’s kingdom. The same distinction was honored by the New Testament writers, Paul, for example, making “the love of money” and not merely “money,” to be the “root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). Therefore, it is by these words the Savior explains the difficulty that lies in the way of a rich man’s salvation, which is the extreme danger that he will trust in his riches; a danger against which nothing but the abundant grace of God can guard him. Let us guard our hearts lest it become consumed with the quest for fame and fortune and causes us to miss out on heaven!
Have a great and God filled day!