Through the Eye of a Needle

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Mark 10:23-31 23 Looking around, Jesus said to his disciples, “It will be very hard for the wealthy to enter God’s kingdom!” 24 His words startled the disciples, so Jesus told them again, “Children, it’s difficult to enter God’s kingdom! 25  It’s easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom.” 26 They were shocked even more and said to each other, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them carefully and said, “It’s impossible with human beings, but not with God. All things are possible for God.” 28 Peter said to him, “Look, we’ve left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “I assure you that anyone who has left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or farms because of me and because of the good news 30  will receive one hundred times as much now in this life—houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and farms (with harassment)—and in the coming age, eternal life. 31  But many who are first will be last. And many who are last will be first.” (CEB)

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Mark 10:23-31 in Other Words

Yeshua spoke to his disciples, “Wealth is not a passport or a visa providing entrance into the Commonwealth of God’s Peace and Justice.” This confused the disciples, so Yeshua tried another approach. “It is easier for a camel to swim across the Mediterranean than for a rich person to become a citizen of the Commonwealth.” “Woe is us,” cried the disciples. “No one can measure up to those standards.” Yeshua knew that he had to help them understand. “You are correct that it seems impossible from a human perspective. However, listen to that unheard inner voice which insists in the name of God. Perhaps.” Peter interrupted him, “What about us? We have been following your Way.” “If you left everything behind because you are following me and the Way in response to what you hear God calling you to do, then you already have abundant life and you have moved into that dimension of reality which we call the eternal. You are living in the presence of God where everything seems topsy-turvy — those in prominence are being humbled and the humble are taking precedence; power and wealth are no longer ends in themselves, but means to give everyone what they need; violence is no longer tolerated, having been replaced by reconciliation and justice.

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