THE RICH YOUNG RULER: Mark 10:17-31

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SCRIPTURE

Mark 10:17-31 17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.”21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 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 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. 

DISCUSSION

1. Study through Mark 10:17-31 together. Does anything stand out to you? 

2. How is Jesus the true and better Rich Young Ruler?

3. At what age did you being to ponder the ultimate questions of life? What questions have you thought about the most? 

4. How do churchgoing Christians sometimes make it look like Christianity is based on what we do, rather than what Jesus has done? How can we change this perception? 

5. It is possible for a person to keep the last six commandments? How do Matthew 5:22,28 and 22:36-40 raise the bar for perfection? 

6. Why did Jesus make this particular demand of the rich young ruler? What demand might He make of you (what is your identity? what is your functional savior?) 

7. Is wealth evidence of God’s favor? How can it also be a stumbling block to salvation? What determines your opinion about money; culture or God’s Word? 

8. Is it wrong to seek a reward? How is the reward of discipleship better than anything the world has to offer? 

9. Why did Jesus mention “persecutions” (vv. 30) among the rewards of discipleship? 

GOOD WORD

Jesus is the ultimate Rich Young Ruler. He left His heavenly home—all the riches of His Father’s immediate presence—to become a man and save us. Sweat, blood, sickness, and suffering became His regular food and drink. And He chose that diet for us. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).

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