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Christ And The Rich Young Ruler - Heinrich Hofmann


You know the commandments - Mark 10:19

When the rich young ruler asks Jesus how to inherit eternal life, Jesus does not make him the same offer He made Nicodemus or the woman at the well.

But there is a similarity in the way Jesus leads this young man and how He guided these others. He used what they did know and drew them in to what they lacked.

With Nick, He talked about what could be observed about what was unseen.

With the woman holding a vessel, He talked about water.

With this young man, he talked about the law.

You know the commandments.

How did Jesus know he knew?

Luke tells us, in his account of the meeting that this young man was a ruler – perhaps a ruler of the synagogue? Or perhaps he was in Jewish garb of some sort.

Or perhaps Jesus was just leading him to the same conclusion that Paul makes with the Christians in Rome when he makes a case for the universal law known by all men.

…because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. - Romans 1:19-20

He ends the first chapter (I know – he did not write it in chapters) with this stunning declaration

…and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. - Romans 1:32

That verse always makes me stop.

This “them” and “they” is referring to all men.

They (all men) KNOW the ordinance of God.

They (all men) KNOW the price set for unrighteousness.

They (all men) practice and approve.

And so I can say with Jesus

You know the commandments.


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Hey - check out my recent retelling of the encounter with this rich young man: What Am I Lacking?


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