May 28, 2020

Proverbs 13:23–25 (CSB)

23 The uncultivated field of the poor yields abundant food, 

but without justice, it is swept away. 

24 The one who will not use the rod hates his son, 

but the one who loves him disciplines him diligently. 

25 A righteous person eats until he is satisfied, 

but the stomach of the wicked is empty.

Luke 18:15–34 (CSB)

BLESSING THE CHILDREN

15 People were bringing infants to him so he might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children come to me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 

THE RICH YOUNG RULER

18 A ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 

19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor your father and mother.,

21 “I have kept all these from my youth,” he said. 

22 When Jesus heard this, he told him, “You still lack one thing: Sell all you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

23 After he heard this, he became extremely sad, because he was very rich. 

POSSESSIONS AND THE KINGDOM

24 Seeing that he became sad, Jesus said, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 

26 Those who heard this asked, “Then who can be saved?” 

27 He replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

28 Then Peter said, “Look, we have left what we had and followed you.” 

29 So he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left a house, wife or brothers or sisters, parents or children because of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times more at this time, and eternal life in the age to come.” 

THE THIRD PREDICTION OF HIS DEATH

31 Then he took the Twelve aside and told them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. Everything that is written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. 32 For he will be handed over to the Gentiles, and he will be mocked, insulted, spit on; 33 and after they flog him, they will kill him, and he will rise on the third day.”

34 They understood none of these things. The meaning of the saying, was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.