February 28th - Dan Hayes - Matthew 19 & 20

 

Dear Anchor Class,

We pick up this Sunday where we left off last Sunday- in Matthew 19:16. Remember I titled this entire section “Topsy Turvey” after Jesus’ statements in 19:30 and later in 20:16.

Matt.19:16-26 tells the oft told encounter with the” Rich Young Ruler” (and he might have been good looking too!). Wealth, youth, power, “piety”, and looks are often a recipe for success in our world. Truly, this man was a man on top, or at least on the way up.

What do you think his core misunderstanding regarding eternal life was?

How does Jesus try to help him in this encounter?

What lessons does Jesus try to teach his disciples in light of this young man’s response?

What lessons is Jesus teaching you and me?

How will we apply them personally?

Matt. 19:27-30 (also read Mark 10:28-31, a parallel passage) segues to the disciples’ total, sacrificial commitment(as they see it) to Christ.

How are they trying to feel superior(on top) relative to the young man?

How do they need to refocus their view?

What are the magnificent promises Jesus gives them?

What are the costs he promises as well?

We probably will not get to Matt.20:1-16, but if we do, we will see it too is a classic parable of “Firstness to lastness” and “lastness to firstness.”

In our day, all these narratives are very important to consider! Remember the three great values which God delights in, found in Jer. 9:23-24!

 

Dan Hayes

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