2012-07-07 - What's Your View?
Originally Preached 2009-07-08 ~ Part 2
Are You a Good Person? v.20-21
The rich young ruler also gave the wrong answer about his sin. The ruler
thought he was good. He claimed to obey the ten commandments. But the Bible
tells us that none of us are perfect. In fact that is what the law does,
it points out that we are not good people. Romans 3:23 says, "We all have
sinned." Jesus named five commandments in his discussion. What five did he
Have no other gods but me
Have no graven images
Don't take God's name in vain
Remember the Sabbath
In truth, he may have obeyed the ones Jesus mentioned but he struggled with
at least two of these.
Money was a god to him because it came before Jesus. He coveted and wanted
the riches of the world. Warren Wiersbe wrote, "Jesus knew the young man's
heart, so instead of preaching to him about covetousness, He asked him to
do something that a covetous person would not do
This young man
was possessed by the love of money and he would not let go."
What's It Take to Get to Heaven? v. 23-24
The nameless rich man thought he could do something to guarantee his place
in heaven. When Jesus told him what he could do, he refused. He wanted salvation
on his terms not on God's terms. But God doesn't play like that. This man
answered three questions with three wrong answers so the man went away sad.
Now as a comparison with let us look at the blind man's answers later in
35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind
man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard
the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They
told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." 38 He called
out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 39 Those who
led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the
more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 40 Jesus stopped
and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked
him, 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want
to see," he replied. 42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your
sight; your faith has healed you." 43 Immediately he received
his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they
also praised God.
The blind man said Jesus is the Son of David a title for the true
Messiah, Christ, Savior. The blind man begged for mercy. He didn't think
he had earned anything. The blind man had faith in Jesus.
The rich man left his own way sad. The blind man went Jesus' way happy and
praising God. The rich man went away poor. The blind man went away rich.
The rich man went away blind. The blind man went away seeing. How did you
answer these three questions? If you answered any wrong you can make them
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted.