Sermon 15-10-11

 Reading

Mark 10: 17 to 30:

[17] And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? [18] And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is,] God. [19] Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. [20] And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. [21] Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. [22] And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. [23] And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! [24] And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! [25] 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. [26] And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? [27] And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men [it is] impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. [28] Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. [29] And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, [30] But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

Who would do such a thing? Sell everything and give to the poor? Everything?! How could that be right? Think of your children! Don’t they rely on you? Don’t you have to look after them?

Yes, you do! Can you make such a decision of faith for them? Well, read verses 29 and 30 again:

Mark 10: [29] And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, [30] But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

Jesus was against family values! When his mother and his brethren wanted to speak to him, while he was preaching,

Matt. 12: 49 & 50: And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

That is why those who forsake their families shall have hundredfold, now in this time!!! As well as in heaven!!!

This was a different organisation of society. Christians were lower class people, who usually did not have an inheritance to leave, so it did not matter to a Christian man, who his son was. He would care for all in his community. He would have sex with women in his community, he would not have a an own wife, kept to himself, being married in the modern sense.

1. Cor. 7: 32 & 33: But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please [his] wife.

It just says woman at the end. Even though there are words in Ancient Greek for husband, wife and spouse, they do not occur in the New Testament. Wherever it says wife, it just says woman in the original text.

Also note that King James has put in the second last word ‘his’. It does not say that in the Ancient Greek text.

However that is the reason for not being married. This did not mean not to have sex. Women and children were cared for by all and Even The Apostles Had Sex!

Also have another careful read of Mark 10: 21. This man, of whom Jesus said this famous proverb, that 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, this man, Jesus still loved him!!!