And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honour your father and mother.’” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Comment: This is very thought provoking! What is good enough to satisfy God? The conversation has a number of very interesting facets.
- The young man is interested in eternal issues.
- The word ‘good’ is played with – Is Jesus saying ‘By calling Me ‘good teacher’, are you calling Me God, for He alone is good?’
- Nothing is mentioned of the first few commandments of the ten in Exodus ch 20. They are those which mention a relationship to God.
- It appears as if his wealth was his main purpose in life. He was told to get rid of his money ‘idol’, and follow Jesus.
- That was too high a cost to pay, and he went away.
- Jesus is not recorded as offering him an easier option.
Prayer: Sometimes Your ‘call’ appears tough, O Lord!