Needle

Fitting through the Eye of the Needle
Mark 10:13-31: Fitting through the Eye of the Needle
13 ¶ And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them,
Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of
such is the kingdom of God.
15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
17 ¶ And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running,
and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I
may inherit eternal life?
18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill,
Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father
and mother.
20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing
thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the
poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the
cross, and follow me.
22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How
hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
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!
25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

What
is this eye of the needle? The eye of the needle is like the gateway
into heaven. The entry point being narrow and small. In this case the
riches of this world, the trust in material wealth, prevents this man
from following Jesus, from doing his will. Material riches cannot open
the gateway to heaven, nor can any ill-gotten gains be carried therein.
If we trust in wealth rather than God, then we have made that wealth an
idol. In other words, we have our camel loaded up until it cannot fit
through the door. We must put off any ill-gotten gains, stop trusting
in riches, and turn our hearts to trust in the Lord. Once our camel is
unloaded of the unneeded, then we can pass through the door of eternal
life.

26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man
that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or
wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,
30 But
he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren,
and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions;
and in the world to come eternal life.
31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

Mt 18:1-6
1 ¶ At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become
as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me,
it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and
that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Why
must we become as little children? What does this mean? Christ
describes children here as “humble.” They have yet to be corrupted by
pride. Therefore, children are open-minded, willing to learn, and
trusting. They have yet to load their camels up with pride. Pride can
make us cease to seek God, His Word, and His will, because we have
began trusting in ourselves and hardened our hearts to learning. We
must be humble to accept our imperfection, our sinfulness. Without this
humility, we would never seek God.

Mar
7:5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy
disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with
unwashen hands?
Mar 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath
Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people
honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
Mar 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Mar 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition
of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like
things ye do.
Mar 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
Mar 7:10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
Mar 7:11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is
Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited
by me; he shall be free.
Mar 7:12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
Mar 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition,
which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
Mar
7:14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them,
Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:
Mar 7:15 There
is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him:
but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the
man.
Mar 7:16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

The
traditions of men, doctrines of men, commandments of men make men’s
worship vain. Traditions of men can cause men to reject the
commandments of God. It is necessary that we are aware that just
because a man says something is the correct thing to do, does not mean
that it is actually the will of God. We must seek God’s will above all
things. If our camels are loaded up with traditions of men, then we can
fail to realize the true Word of God. We must unload all things that go
contrary to the Word of the Lord. Beware false teachings.

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One Response to Needle

  1. Alisicia says:

    Hi Cindy! I enjoyed your Eye of the Needle, study.  Now I can relay that message to others with clarity.
     
    Thanks! and God Bless!
     
     alisicia 

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