I am glad wise and just were not in the evangelists’ descriptions of the rich ruler who approached Yeshua with a question that should shock both Jew and Gentile. The question puts Moses and the prophets in poor a light as possible. Dead on arrival describes the truth seeker who has the misfortune of running into a Pharisee (isolationist) or an “expert”.
What the one good thing a Jew might do (to inherit life) might had definitely eluded the Jewish people. One might say they rejected it. All the covenant-making, glory, patriarchs and the seed of the ages, were not good enough: questions were better than faith. That is why the claim of descent from Abraham and is to be taken with a grain of salt.
How do I get life?
The man in Mt. 19:16 was not described as one of the testers sent out by the religious factions opposed to Yeshua.
And behold, a man came up to him, saying, Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life? (have, better, get)
- Nobody knew what eternal life looked like. He had to ask someone who might.
- Everyone knew that if any one of the hundreds of commands was sufficient for acquiring life Moses and all the prophets would be the great fraudsters of antiquity. Moses and his allies devoted all their energy to tell people to do all the statutes and the judgments that Yahweh commanded
- God, if he were a man, would be fed up and tired of the lying mantra.
- We do not know that this question is one that people were asking the priests and scribes. If this question was posed to Jewish leadership the answer would be a lie, just like “we were never in bondage” or “Moses gave us bread from heaven”.
Protection from lies is certain
The gospel is not debatable. Its promise and purpose were not revealed to Jew or Gentile so that no party will be able to say they had advanced notice. No one with eyes or ears can ever say they do not see or hear the difference. People who say the gospel is simply more of the same (law, prophets, and writings, patriarchal customs and folk tales) are likely to be fence-sitters. They are likely to be suffering from indecision
- First they teach the kids to be obedient. they themselves do not comply and neither do the kids
- then they try to grab first place in the gospel
- the kids see the Hollywood and deathrow in obedience calls and know that there is no future in keeping up that facade
- Both parents and kids have told themselves that there is no higher goal than keeping the Commandments of God
- so if one is keeping one the Commandments all one’s life what does one need when one grows up, (because all of Moses’ teaching and practices were designed for the juvenile phase of life).
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Do you trust someone who tells you he can describe your new life in detail? If you do, what do you have to work out in fear and trembling?
What does someone need to tell you about the Saviour that takes up to 14 years? If you are not a miseducated zealot like Saul of Tarsus God is ready to connect with you and connect you with his church the moment you confess and believe.
Should we not follow the lead of the apostles in acknowledging the believer’s journey?
- Our presentation of the Saviour needs no spin
- The seeker is not delayed
- There is no sin examination by a sinful pastor-evangelist. He knows all comers and himself as sinners
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Matthew 23:15