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Through The Eye of a Needle

"For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just." (Luke 14:11-14 KJV)

"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"

Jesus' famous "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" (Matthew 19:24 KJV) was not speaking primarily about wealth (righteous, and wealthy, Abraham will be in the Kingdom of God; see No Class Struggles In Christianity). Christ was talking about an attitude of always putting faithfulness and obedience to God first, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works" (Matthew 16:26-27 KJV). That principle applies to anything in this life that is made more important than obeying God.

The Lamb of God Salvation is an invitation to everyone.

"And when one of them that sat at meat with Him heard these things, He said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

Then said He unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready." (Luke 14:15-17 KJV)

But what of those who are too involved in other things (notice in the example given that it describes various worldy interests that are "more important" than living according to God's Way all of the time) to live a life that is an acceptance of the invitation?

"And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.

And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.

And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.

And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.

And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper." (Luke 14:18-24 KJV)

Fact Finder: What other famous parable (among many others) dealt with living a life in preparation for a life that will never end?
See How Much Oil Is In Your Lamp?


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