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Eye of The Needle
January 27, 2009
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"And again I say unto you, 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." Matt. 19:24
Until recently this verse has never seemed logical to me. Can a camel go through the eye of a needle? A flea would have difficulty accomplishing this feat. For a camel, this is an impossibility.
Was Jesus saying that it was impossible for a rich man to enter into heaven? That couldn't be right because there are many Christians who have wealth. What about the prosperity gospel preachers? How do they deal with this verse?
Clarity comes when you understand what Jesus was referring to when He mentions a camel going through the eye of the needle.
There is evidence that when the Roman iron gates to Jerusalem were locked at night, late arrivers to the city would have to enter or leave through a narrow opening in the gate. This gate was too narrow for pack animals to enter into unless all the baggage the animals were carrying.was unloaded. This narrow gate was designed for humans not animals. This gate was often referred to as the "eye of the needle".
Could Jesus have been referring to this gate in His statement? We don't know for sure.
Why is it so hard for a rich man to enter into heaven? I think Revelation 3:17 answers that: "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:"
A rich man doesn't recognize his spiritual need since he has all his physical needs and more met. He thinks he has everything he needs. Jesus was saying that he doesn't realize that he doesn't have what he needs the most, a relationship with Christ.
If Jesus was referring to "eye of the needle" as the narrow gate used to enter Jerusalem at night, then the idea that the camel had to unpack all the worldly goods to enter God's Holy City is a great analogy to a rich man having to unload all his worldly goods to enter into heaven.
Jesus also could be referring to the fact that it was impossible for a rich man to get into heaven on his own. No matter how rich a man is, he cannot buy his way into heaven. He can never make it on his own. Only God can save him and His son paid the admission price.
Two things are certain. You will die and you enter into eternity leaving all your earthly possessions behind.
The Jewish people that Jesus was addressing understood that wealth was a sign of God' blessing. Jesus was telling them in a manner they would never forget to not trust in their wealth. He was preparing them for what was soon to come. The true way to everlasting prosperity...His sacrifice on the cross which takes away the sin of the world.
Copryright 2009 by Gary Goodworth
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