It's Day 5 and we're in Matthew 19.As you read, listen for where God wants to speak to you. What jumps out to you? What speaks to situations you're dealing with right now?
Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 21 - What's holding you back? What's holding me back? For this guy it was his possessions, but it might be something else for us.
- Verses 1-9 - This is not all the teaching on divorce that Jesus did.
- Verse 12 - This means that some are born without the "equipment" to have sex; some (not so much today, but it happened back then) were made eunuchs by people (like the man who would oversee the king's harem); some choose not to have sex because they feel God is calling them to a single life (this would not involve a physical change like the other two options).
- Verse 17 - This presumably was because the man looked at Jesus as a human teacher.
- Verses 23-26 - This is not saying it's impossible for rich people to be saved, but it is harder. Why? They tend to love the things of this world and put their trust in their wealth.
If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.
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Your Questions and Comments:
- "Matthew 18:34-35 ~ in this story the 'master' is God and He wants us to forgive others because He has forgiven us. The verses say that the master (God) was angry at the unforgiveness and handed the slave over to the torturers. These verses do not say the master (God) tortured the slave (us). But turns the slave (us) over to the torturers. So who are the torturers ? I think it's our own mind. Every time we see that person that we hate, or hear about that person that we've not forgiven, our mind and spirit goes into overdrive and we torture ourselves again and again. We build up more animosity. We entertain more gossip We harbor more resentment. And Satan is more than willing to help. The verses say the slave (us) remain with the torturers UNTIL ALL THAT WAS OWED WAS PAID. Until we forgive as God forgave us, we're going to be in a state of torture. We can't let Satan have that power over our minds. Forgive and let God handle the rest." - You raise an interesting question. I have to say I've never thought about that exact point before. I think the explanation you offer is an interesting one. I think my answer would probably be that the parables of Jesus generally have a major point that He is trying to make and sometimes if we go too deep into the analogies and details the small details may not line up perfectly. This might be one of those cases.