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Mk 10:24-25

posted May 24, 2012, 10:07 AM by David Gerhart
"Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God!  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Mk 10-24-25

Most expositors will linger over the physical characteristic -- the largest of common beasts in juxtaposition with the smallest of openings, and the vivid impossibility of passing.   But imagine even if the camel was compelled to try to pass through the teeny opening, it would in its nature, by simple instinct -- know that it would not be able.  It would resist, under the gravest of discipline.  

And so we are the same under the Law of the Old Covenant.  There are no consequences grave enough that can compel us to become holy under the Law.  We will always instinctually fail.  No matter how hard we might try to earn a ticket into the Kingdom of God, our instinct for sin will prevent us.

And so it is for the Rich man -- his desire is to pass through the narrow opening, and he may try -- but instinct will not let him release all that is in his world in favor of becoming small enough to pass through the eye of the needle.

Coming to the Lord is against our instinct.  But, since we are human -- and this is what differentiates us from the rest of creation -- we can act against instinct.  It is not my instinct to help the man on the street.  Nor is it my instinct to do much of what Christ encourages us to do.  Within my God-given free will is the opportunity to choose to act against my instinct.   Choosing faith in Christ is an act against my worldly instinct.  But I know it's the right thing to do.

"I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Mt 18-3