(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please do not take our word as law as there is only one Law, the Law of G-D. Please read the scriptures for yourself, pray and ask G-D for knowledge and he will give it to you)
This lesson is a continuation of the previous lesson so we will post verses 16 and 17 as well. Please refer to previous lesson for more information about verses 16 and 17 (HERE).
16. And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17. And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19. Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21. Jesus said unto him, 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.
22. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
23. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
We can cite a few Old Testament scriptures that teach us not to covet wealth.
17. And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
19. The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.
20. Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.
21. The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.
22. For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.
23. Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.
We should remember that Jesus said if you want to be "Perfect" you should commit yourself to poverty. Yeshua never taught the scriptures with thought of only squeaking by and only just making it to Heaven. Yeshua taught perfection and how to be One with the Father our G-D.
Yeshua made it clear that it is impossible for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. There may be some confusion on this matter as parts of the Old Testament certainly did not totally rebuke the rich man. Solomon was very rich but in the end he turned his back on G-D, his ultimate fate is unknown. G-D awarded the Israelites with modest wealth, hence the word modest. We can speculate that by the time of Christ all rich Israelites, or most, forgot the Torah's instruction on wealth, or they achieved wealth not by G-D's grace but by some sort of oppression so the gifts of wealth as described in the Old Testament did not apply to anyone, or most anyone, of wealth in Israel in the time of Christ.
Christ taught us very specifically about serving "mammon" or money.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Mammon is not man, it is material wealth or greed. So we can conclude that if any righteous ultra-wealthy individuals lived in Israel during the time of Christ they were few.
25. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
26. But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
27. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
28. And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
30. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
Yeshua wanted us to be perfect within G-D's Commandments and within Faith. Perfection does not come without personal pain or inconvenience. It requires us to make the hard choices. Christ wanted us to totally rebuke anything of this world as things of this world are distractions from G-D. If we want to be perfect, and I must confess that I am NOT perfect nor do I know or know of anyone who is perfect, we must give up everything and Christ meant what he said, everything.