Daily Devotional, Year 3 – October 22 (Who Is The Rich Young Ruler?)

By admin On September 9th, 2017

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – October 22

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Who Is The Rich Young Ruler?

 

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There is a song playing at this moment, in which are the words repeated, “…that I may be like Jesus!”

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Perhaps there are many other songs with that same sentiment.

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Transfiguration – Bloch – Wikimedia Commons – US Public-Domain

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THE RICH YOUNG MAN

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The problem is, while those words are easy to sing, they convey a truth that many http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hoffman-ChristAndTheRichYoungRuler.jpgwould hate, if they actually understood what they meant.

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One very poignant example of this hypocrisy is found in the true historical account of the Rich Young Ruler, who came running to Jesus, and exclaimed…“Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” Matthew 19:16

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When Jesus finally said, “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. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.” Matthew 19:21, 22

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Rich Young Ruler – Hoffman – Wikimedia Commons – US Public-Domain

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MANY LOST SOULS IN CHURCH

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hoffman-ChristAndTheRichYoungRuler.jpgUnfortunately, this same  condition is widespread in today’s church-world. There are many who are willing to attend church, pay their tithes, and do many other good works. And this was the same condition of that rich young ruler. But if those who attend church, pay their tithes, and do other good works realized that Jesus requires them to go and sell all, and give to the poor, and come follow Him as a disciple, they too, would sadly walk away from their vain religion.

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You see, we too possess riches, just like that rich young ruler. Oh no, we may not be considered rich in the eyes of the world. But we all have things which are valuable to us, and do not want to give up.

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WHAT ARE MY RICHES?

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Perhaps, we love our TV programs. Or we love our favorite sports. Or we love our social clubs, or our gardens, or our lavish lifestyle, or our little cups of selfish moments, or our favorite foods, or our amusements and games, or our political talk shows, or we idolize our children, or our houses, cars and lands, or our hobbies, or our wanderlust, or our sensual music, or our expensive or even our sensual-looking apparel…

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Well you get the picture! This list could go on and on!

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NOMG01ThankGodForSatan.jpgA JESUS WE HATE

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The bottom line is, there are many things in this selfish world that we highly value.

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And if it actually came to the point that God asked us to give these up, in order to become just like Jesus, no doubt we would want to hang that kind of Jesus up on the Cross!

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Yes, the vast majority in the church-world are as Jesus says…“Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.” Mark 7:6 

 

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 March – Protest – Thank God For Satan – Wikimedia – GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or later version

Protests – Anti Christian sign in Federal Plaza Chicago – Wikimedia Commons

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PRETENDING TO BE CHRISTIANS

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Yes, the rich young man who went away sorrowful represents all of us! We all have earthly valuables which we aren’t willing to give up!

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And that is why there are so many in today’s churches who merely go through the motions of being a Christian, but lack the true holy fire.

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We only want so much of Jesus, and no more!

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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ITCHING-EARS GOSPELS

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Now in these last days, Satan has been permitted to move in and create a counterfeit religious system which accommodates such double-mindedness. And so, multitudes attend church each week. They may speak in tongues. They may have dreams and visions! They sing praises! They talk about Jesus to others!

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But deep down, they realize they are still slaves to their fleshly passions and earthly desires! They still secretly love this present world!

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“THEY FORSOOK ALL AND FOLLOWED HIM”

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Now in contrast, let’s consider the disciples who truly followed Jesus…“And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed Him.” Luke 5:11

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These disciples forsook all, in order to follow Jesus. And Jesus asks no less of us!

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Oh yes, we must work and live and provide for our family’s needs and happiness. But there are many who use this as a cloak to hide under, as they continue to pursue their own personal worldly lusts.

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Christ calling His Disciples by Edward Armitage – 1869 – courtesy Wikigallery.com – Public Domain

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hoffman-ChristAndTheRichYoungRuler.jpgTRUE DISCIPLES NOT DOUBLE-MINDED

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But the Day is coming in which the secrets of our hearts will be exposed, and our hypocrisy will be manifest to all!

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Jesus said…“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33

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Here, Jesus spells it out in unmistakable language.

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Rich Young Ruler – Hoffman – Wikimedia Commons – US Public-Domain

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AN UPWARD PATHWAY

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But how do we forsake all? Do we quit our job and trash all our belongings?

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No, but what God wants is for His children to begin the journey out of this world and upward on the gently ascending pathway which leads to the heavenly City of God!

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And as we study and learn more and more about the Father and His Son, the less will we love the things of this world…

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It is like the old song… “Turn your eyes upon Jesus! Look full in His wonderful face! And the things of the world will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace!”

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The more we grow to love Jesus, the less will we regard the things of this present, selfish world!

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Jesus Discourses with His Disciples – James Tissot – by Brooklyn Museum – by Wikipedia – Public Domain

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COME FOLLOW JESUS!

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And so, the call goes out to both you and myself, to turn our back on all the little treasures and selfish pleasures of the world, and begin to walk that upward pathway!

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And let’s face it! This world will soon pass away! So why not invest in Heaven’s real estate! Why not trade away this world for the world to come? Because that kingdom will never pass away! And there we will be forever happy and forever young!

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Not too bad of a deal, wouldn’t you say? 

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Jesus Teaching Luke 4:31-32 – Jesus talks about Heaven – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 2, CLICK HERE… June 2 (Who is the Rich Young Ruler? Part 2: “Going Through a Needle’s Eye”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, By Thy great mercy and grace, make me one of Thy disciples! Take away my love for this present world! Let me forsake all in my heart, and give me an undivided heart that follows Thee onward and upward out of this present world…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven), or you can also read this shorter article…JANUARY 7 (TIME TO GET OUT OF DODGE!)” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE NARROW GATE STARS

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This can even be observed into June in the western sky (for a short time just after dark). While a dark night is best for seeing the Woman Constellation, the 4 stars which comprise the Narrow Gate/Wide Gate Stars can be seen even under mediocre conditions. It begins with the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation (AKA Ursa Major) going towards these two doors.

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The sketch to left shows, the two doors are each composed of two bright stars. The two bright stars that comprise the Narrow Gate are the two brightest stars of the Orion the Reaper’s sickle. The two stars that comprise the ‘Wide Gate’ Stars are the two brightest stars of the wave of water that comes out of the Dragon Constellation’s mouth (for explanation of “Wave of Water”, just click here). The stars that make up the ‘Narrow Gate’ are about half the width of the Wide Gate (see sketch to left).

Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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(For more information on Orion’s sickle, just click here,“Orion The Reaper”.)

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Editor’s note: These sketches on this page are merely sketches. The stars are not in their exact place. However, they are close enough to find them in the night sky. But as with most stars, it takes persistence to finally locate them.

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WIDE & NARROW GATES IN THE HEAVENS

Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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As the opening verse says, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 

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So what are these two gates all about? And how can I choose the right door? Well, just read this article and these questions and more will be answered.

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But before we explore these questions, let’s take a look at why these two sets of stars represent these two biblical gates.

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This sketch, while not 100% accurate, gives a fair portrayal of how this constellation group appears at winter’s end and even into June, when above the western horizon.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven)

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TOMORROW…

Daily Devotional, Year 3: October 23 (Noble Bereans, Part 21: “Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding The Spirituality of the Bible”)

 

 

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Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.com – Public Domain

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