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In Mark 10:13, we see where the disciples were rebuking the kids that were coming to Jesus. But Jesus saw what the disciples were doing and told them, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them for they belong to the kingdom of God." Jesus was using an Old Testament notion of covenant solidarity. These small children belong in the kingdom initially because of the faith of their parents, though they must exercise faith personally as soon as they can inherit all the covenant blessings. God’s kingdom belongs to small children, not because they are innocent but because they model true believers who have nothing to bring and everything to receive.


In Mark 10:17,  we see a rich young man ask what he needs to have eternal life? Jesus told him, "go sell all your things and give to the needy," but the rich young man was not happy with this answer and ran away disheartened. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God."  Jesus said to them, "How difficult I is to enter the kingdom of God! 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!" Jesus is using an excellent example of hyperbolic language, expressing the impossibility (v27) The suggestion that there was a small gate in ancient Judea called “the needle’s eye” through which camels could barely pass is unsupported and trivializes Jesus’ illustration. Salvation is beyond the reach of human achievement for rich and poor. It is from the Lord through sovereign divine initiative not by human effort (Psa. 3:8,68:19,20, Eph. 2:8,9) He can achieve what is humanly impossible. (Gen. 18:14, Luke 1:37)


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World War 2 found the following phrase become part of American conversation - “Loose lips sink ships.”  It refers to the belief that one should not talk aloud of the movements of ships because enemy spies, embedded in the community, might hear and then relate that information back to their country which would then be able to locate and destroy American ships.  

Today’s proverb (10:19) reads, “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise.”  Because of humanity’s propensity to evil, the more we talk the greater the chance of finding ourselves saying things that are sinful.  These sinful things can be gossip, profane language, sharing or discussing inappropriate content, prideful self-promotion and more. These ‘many words’ reveal to others what secretly resides in our heart and it is these words that will ultimately justify us or condemn us (Mt.12:36). The words we use will demonstrate what REALLY is going on in our hearts.  

A basketball referee once said to me, “A bucket can’t spill what it doesn’t hold.”  Whatever is spilling out of your mouth, is what fills your heart.  What do you find yourself talking about most?  What do your conversations center around?  Does Jesus so fill your heart that He spills out of your mouth? Does God’s truth find itself on your tongue because it owns your attention?  Or are your loose lips torpedoing your character,  walk with Jesus and relationships with others?  Restrain your words and be wise!

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