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What the Rich Young Ruler Didn't Ask

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Looking at this thread...  https://www.christforums.com/forums/topic/20752-what-the-rich-man-didn’t-say/ 

reminded me of another occurrence... 'What the rich young ruler didn't ask'....


(Matthew 19:16–30, Mark 10:17–31, Luke 18:18–30).


What he did ask was...


And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  (Mat 19:16)

The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?  (Mat 19:20)

Fortunately, the disciples asked a better question, a question that perhaps the rich young ruler should have asked before walking away. ...


When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?  (Mat 19:25)

Jesus gave an answer to His disciples that you wonder why He didn't give that rich young ruler ...


But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.  (Mat 19:26)


Perhaps Jesus would let him stew longer in the pangs of his self righteousness until he was convicted and clearly saw that his only hope was in God.



Edited by Solas

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