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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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In Hosea 10, we see the retribution of Israel's sin. In verse 1, it starts off by saying Israel is a luxuriant vine. He produces fruit only for himself; the more his fruit the more altars he built.  Simply stating the people of Israel are charged with gross corruptions in the worship of God and are threatened with the destruction of their images and altars ( V1,2,5,6 and 8).  As Hosea goes on in the next few verses, they are being charged with all kinds of things; sins of their fathers and judgments. They are earnestly invited to repent and reform and are threatened with ruin if they do not (v12-15).

In Psalms, we see God’s blessing on his people as their one great necessity and privilege is spoken of here. We are taught that builders of houses and city systems, fortunes, empires and churches all labor in vain without the Lord, but under divine favor, they enjoy perfect rest.

In Jude, we see this epistle is addressed to all believers in the gospel. Its design appears to be to guard believers against the false teachers who had begun to creep into the Christian church, They tried to scatter dangerous tenets by attempting to lower all Christianity into a merely nominal belief and outward profession of the gospel. Having thus denied the obligations of personal holiness, they taught their disciples to live in sinful courses, at the same time flattering them with the hope of eternal life. The vile character of these seducers is shown, and their sentence is denounced and the epistle concludes with warnings, admonitions, and counsels to believers.


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