Estelle and Robert: To Know Him

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Chapter 39 (v.1) - What Shall I Do?

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"For the hardness of your heart, he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife. And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."

Afterward, the disciples inquired further into the matter, Jesus happy, as always to explain further, "Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery."

"Jesus, bless my daughter," a mother spoke up, leading her toddler by the hand

"Jesus, bless my daughter," a mother spoke up, leading her toddler by the hand.

"My son, too?"

"Jesus is too busy for this nonsense, go away." James pointed out.

Jesus was displeased. "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God! Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein." Smiling, He took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them before they continued on their way, preaching the Kingdom of God.

And there came one running, kneeling before Him, "Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?"

"Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother."

"Master, all these have I observed from my youth."

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, "One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me."

Devastated, he went away grieved: he hadn't been expecting that. He had great possessions. He loved them too much to part with them. Treasures in heaven were well and good, but what about now?

"How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!"

"What do you mean Jesus? Do we need to be poor to be saved?" John asked the question pressing on all their minds, rather flabbergasted

"What do you mean Jesus? Do we need to be poor to be saved?" John asked the question pressing on all their minds, rather flabbergasted. Sure, right now they would be saved, then, if that were the case, but what about if they inherited a great deal?

"Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 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."

"Who then can be saved?" It would seem they didn't understand. To be saved is to trust wholly in Him, for nothing can save but He.

"With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."

"Well, Lord, we left everything for you," Peter pointed out, unabashedly.

"Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last first." Jesus set His face to go to Jerusalem. It was nearly time.

Now there was by the highway side around Jericho a blind man named Bartimaeus. All was black as night to him, he only knew when there were passersby by the trembling of the ground beneath him from people walking past him. "Who is it? What's happening? What's going on?" The footsteps were many, a crowd approached, his hand told him, pressed against the ground, "Who goes there?"

"Who is it? What's happening? What's going on?" The footsteps were many, a crowd approached, his hand told him, pressed against the ground, "Who goes there?"

"Jesus of Nazareth!" someone called out.

"Jesus! Jesus! Jesus thou son of David, oh have mercy upon me! Jesus!"

"Would you be quiet!"

"Shut up!"

"Keep it down!"

But he cried out more, "Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me! Jesus!"

And Jesus stood still, "Bring him!"

"Be of good comfort, and get up! Jesus is calling for you," Bartimaeus was in shock even as the words fell upon his ears, hurling aside the covering that he had tucked around him. He felt hands under his arms, clinging onto them, as he shuffled as fast he could to Jesus.

Jesus looked upon him, he not knowing where to look," What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?"

"Lord, that I might receive my sight."

"Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole". And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus in the way.

 


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