Matthew , Chapter 19

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Dwindling in Unbelief
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Matthew 19

(19:2) "Great multitudes followed him; and he healed them."

(19:4-5) "For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife"
Is marriage a good thing?
Is polygamy OK?
Did God originally create humans male and female?

(19:6)
"What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
Is divorce ever permissible?

(19:9) "Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery."
Is divorce ever permissible?

(19:10) "It is not good to marry."
After Jesus denounces divorce, his disciples say that if divorce isn't allowed, then "it is good not to marry." Jesus agrees by saying that it is better to make yourself a eunuch "for the kingdom of heaven's sake." He that is able to receive it, let him receive it." Many have castrated themselves attempting to follow Jesus' advice in this verse.
Is marriage a good thing?

(19:12a) "There are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb."
Is Jesus talking about homosexuals here?

(19:12b) "There be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it."
Dangerous words from a guy who recommends cutting of body parts if they cause you to sin (Mt.5:29-30, Mt.18:8-9, Mk.9:43-48). It might make someone castrate himself so that he could be one of the 144,000 male virgins, who alone will make it to heaven (Rev.14:3-4).
Does God prefer castrated men?
May a eunuch enter the congregation of the Lord?

(19:14) "Suffer little children ... to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
Is it good to be childish?

(19:17a)
"Why callest ... me good? there is none good but one, that is, God."
Apparently Jesus thought he was neither good nor God.
Is Jesus God?

(19:17b) "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments."
Is salvation by faith alone?
What must you do to be saved?

(19:18-19) "Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
Jesus lists the "ten commandments," but his list has only six, and the sixth is not one of the ten. The commandments given by Jesus are secular, not religious, in nature.
What was Jesus' sixth commandment?
To kill or not to kill
Is it OK to steal?

(19:23-24)
"A rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven ... 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."
Is it OK to be rich?
What must you do to be saved?
What the Bible says about rich people

(19:26) "With God all things are possible."
Can God do anything?

(19:28) "Ye which have follwed me ... shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." (I wonder which tribe Judas is judging?)

(19:29) "Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life." Abandon your wife and children for Jesus and he'll give you a big reward.

19:1 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;
19:2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
19:3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
19:7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
19:10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
19:11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
19:13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
19:15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.
19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
19:18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
19:24 And again I say unto you, 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.
19:25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
19:27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

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Dwindling in Unbelief
The Ten Commandments: Jesus couldn't name them all either. (Matthew 19:18-19)
Why Christian "Marriage" is Wrong (19:29)
30 ways to get yourself saved (19:17-19, 23-24)
What Jesus said about 'Job Creators' (19:23-24)

The Red Headed Skeptic
Wednesday Night Bible Study: Matthew 18-19: In Which I Die from boredom

Christian Responses
Waterrock
Matthew 19:4-5 - Marriage And Celibacy
Matthew 19:9 - Except for Fornication
Matthew 19:10-12 - Eunuchs For Heaven's Sake
Matthew 19:14 - Of Such Is The Kingdom Of Heaven
Matthew 19:16-19 - If You Want To Enter Life...
Matthew 19:17-18 - Which Commandments?
Matthew 19:23-24 - Through The Eye Of A Needle
Matthew 19:26 - With God All Things Are Possible
Matthew 19:29 - Leaving It All For Jesus

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