Matthew Chapter 19
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12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
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Matthew Henry's Matthew Chapter 19 Bible commentary...
Jesus enters Judea. (1,2) The Pharisees' question about divorces. (3-12) Young children brought to Jesus. (13-15) The rich young man's inquiry. (16-22) The recompence of Christ's followers. (23-30)1,2 Great multitudes followed Christ. When Christ departs, it is best for us to follow him. They found him as able and ready to help elsewhere, as he had been in Galilee; wherever the Sun of Righteousness arose, it was with healing in his wings.
3-12 The Pharisees were desirous of drawing something from Jesus which they might represent as contrary to the law of Moses. Cases about marriage have been numerous, and sometimes perplexed; made so, not by the law of God, but by the lusts and follies of men; and often people fix what they will do, before they ask for advice. Jesus replied by asking whether they had not read the account of the creation, and the first example of marriage; thus pointing out that every departure therefrom was wrong. That condition is best for us, and to be chosen and kept to accordingly, which is best for our souls, and tends most to prepare us for, and preserve us to, the kingdom of heaven. When the gospel is really embraced, it makes men kind relatives and faithful friends; it teaches them to bear the burdens, and to bear with the infirmities of those with whom they are connected, to consider their peace and happiness more than their own. As to ungodly persons, it is proper that they should be restrained by laws, from breaking the peace of society. And we learn that the married state should be entered upon with great seriousness and earnest prayer.
13-15 It is well when we come to Christ ourselves, and bring our children. Little children may be brought to Christ as needing, and being capable of receiving blessings from him, and having an interest in his intercession. We can but beg a blessing for them: Christ only can command the blessing. It is well for us, that Christ has more love and tenderness in him than the best of his disciples have. And let us learn of him not to discountenance any willing, well-meaning souls, in their seeking after Christ, though they are but weak. Those who are given to Christ, as part of his purchase, he will in no wise cast out. Therefore he takes it ill of all who forbid, and try to shut out those whom he has received. And all Christians should bring their children to the Saviour that he may bless them with spiritual blessings.
16-22 Christ knew that covetousness was the sin which most easily beset this young man; though he had got honestly what he possessed, yet he could not cheerfully part with it, and by this his want of sincerity was shown. Christ's promises make his precepts easy, and his yoke pleasant and very comfortable; yet this promise was as much a trial of the young man's faith, as the precept was of his charity and contempt of the world. It is required of us in following Christ, that we duly attend his ordinances, strictly follow his pattern, and cheerfully submit to his disposals; and this from love to him, and in dependence on him. To sell all, and give to the poor, will not serve, but we are to follow Christ. The gospel is the only remedy for lost sinners. Many abstain from gross vices who do not attend to their obligations to God. Thousands of instances of disobedience in thought, word, and deed, are marked against them in the book of God. Thus numbers forsake Christ, loving this present world: they feel convictions and desires, but they depart sorrowful, perhaps trembling. It behoves us to try ourselves in these matters, for the Lord will try us.
23-30 Though Christ spoke so strongly, few that have riches do not trust in them. How few that are poor are not tempted to envy! But men's earnestness in this matter is like their toiling to build a high wall to shut themselves and their children out of heaven. It should be satisfaction to those who are in a low condition, that they are not exposed to the temptations of a high and prosperous condition. If they live more hardly in this world than the rich, yet, if they get more easily to a better world, they have no reason to complain. Christ's words show that it is hard for a rich man to be a good Christian, and to be saved. The way to heaven is a narrow way to all, and the gate that leads into it, a strait gate; particularly so to rich people. More duties are expected from them than from others, and more sins easily beset them. It is hard not to be charmed with a smiling world. Rich people have a great account to make up for their opportunities above others. It is utterly impossible for a man that sets his heart upon his riches, to get to heaven. Christ used an expression, denoting a difficulty altogether unconquerable by the power of man. Nothing less than the almighty grace of God will enable a rich man to get over this difficulty. Who then can be saved? If riches hinder rich people, are not pride and sinful lusts found in those not rich, and as dangerous to them? Who can be saved? say the disciples. None, saith Christ, by any created power. The beginning, progress, and perfecting the work of salvation, depend wholly on the almighty power of God, to which all things are possible. Not that rich people can be saved in their worldliness, but that they should be saved from it. Peter said, We have forsaken all. Alas! it was but a poor all, only a few boats and nets; yet observe how Peter speaks, as if it had been some mighty thing. We are too apt to make the most of our services and sufferings, our expenses and losses, for Christ. However, Christ does not upbraid them; though it was but little that they had forsaken, yet it was their all, and as dear to them as if it had been more. Christ took it kindly that they left it to follow him; he accepts according to what a man hath. Our Lord's promise to the apostles is, that when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory, he will make all things new, and they shall sit with him in judgement on those who will be judged according to their doctrine. This sets forth the honour, dignity, and authority of their office and ministry. Our Lord added, that every one who had forsaken possessions or comforts, for his sake and the gospel, would be recompensed at last. May God give us faith to rest our hope on this his promise; then we shall be ready for every service or sacrifice. Our Saviour, in the last verse, does away a mistake of some. The heavenly inheritance is not given as earthly ones are, but according to God's pleasure. Let us not trust in promising appearances or outward profession. Others may, for aught we know, become eminent in faith and holiness.
Michael Morgan's Matthew Chapter 19 comment on 12/02/2013, 6:48pm...
what proof that needle means gate and where can I go to find that fact. the verse is Mathew 19-24
Prof.K.ROBERT JAMES's Matthew Chapter 19 comment about verse 14 on 11/29/2013, 2:11am...
children are simply/blindly believing the words of mother or father and act as they heard from parents- they never argue/doubt.God says every one should be like children while reading Bible words and follow the same in their life. He need such persons in the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen!!!....
Gina's Matthew Chapter 19 comment about verse 24 on 11/21/2013, 11:19am...
I think you are ok to have $ and be a good Stewart with it and give. What we do for Gods kingdom. Some become rich and forget God and see more value in what is tangible. One with $ must be a cheerful giver and keep God first.
Chad's Matthew Chapter 19 comment on 10/28/2013, 12:38am...
Perhaps the rich man was "rich" in thinking he could be good enough to get to heaven. He indicated how good he is and Christ puts him in his place. The question is what can I do to get to heaven I believe Christ is saying you can do absolutely nothing. This agrees with Christ saying that all of his people he has chosen from before he created the world and not one will be lost. You can't save yourself God has to do it and all you can do is ask that it might be his will that you are
Donna's Matthew Chapter 19 comment about verse 14 on 10/15/2013, 11:58am...
God wants us to have a childlike spirit, with humbleness, forgiving, & loving. A child does not hold onto grudges and its easy for them to let it go no matter how they've been hurt. God wants us to have that same forgiving and loving spirit because we can't go to God any kind of way
Garland Creel's Matthew Chapter 19 comment about verse 26 on 10/03/2013, 6:05am...
Just goes to show that... Without God, we can do, be , see or understand nothing.
Timothy Wayne George's Matthew Chapter 19 comment about verse 24 on 10/01/2013, 9:29am...
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God, speaks of the needle gate in the temple that the camels had to have their backs clear so they could stoop down to go through. This is telling rich people to get to heaven, you have to unload your riches. The rich young ruler had many riches, and was unwilling to do so, and walked away because of his covetousness. Jesus said a man's life does not consist in the abundance of the riches that they possess. Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Those who are rich in this world must not trust in riches, but be free to give to the poor, as well as the needy.
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