Did The Rich Young Ruler Really Keep God’s Commandments? An Insight From The Lord

The rich young ruler rejecting the Word

Matthew 19:16-22

16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”

The question that Jesus posed to the young man was a rhetorical one. Jesus knew the answer to His own question. He wanted the young man to realize that no one can keep the commandments as a way to make it to heaven but that the commandments pointed to his shortcomings to God’s standard.

18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

The last one wasn’t in the 10 commandments “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus wasn’t just talking about the 10 commandments but all of God’s law. What’s interesting is that the “love your neighbor as yourself” is the hinge on the door which holds it up and without it, it will fall down. Read below

Matthew 22:34-40

34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

You shall love your neighbor as yourself

Without loving people it will be impossible to love and obey the Lord Jesus Christ. Read below

1 John 4:20

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?”

Jesus knew that he didn’t keep the whole law especially the ones that He mentioned because the rich young ruler rejected the hinge that would have kept his faith from falling down.

21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

The phrase “If you would be perfect” does not mean to be without sin, error or fault but it means to be right in God’s eyes.

Now Jesus gets to the root of his problem.

Jesus said to him,

1. “sell what you possess and give to the poor” which means “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
2. “and come, follow me.” which means “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

If the young man really kept God’s commandments and according to Jesus, “to love your neighbor and to love the Lord with all your being” is the hinge that holds the whole law which the rich young ruler affirmed to have kept. The young man would have helped the poor and followed Jesus but it proved that he wasn’t really obeying God’s Word because the two commands to love the Lord and his neighbor was not being kept. Jesus exposed his unwillingness to commit to the Lord by rejecting that which he claimed to follow.

If the young man had truly loved the LORD with all his heart and loved his neighbor as the Word of God commanded him, he would have believed in Jesus as his Savior and Messiah and would have accepted His invitation to followed Him. 

The sad part was that the young man was never following God even though he thought he was. If anyone accepts God’s Word but is unwilling to live according to it, that person has deceived himself.

James 1:22

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.



Verse By Verse Through Revelation (14:1-5)


Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.

The phrase “Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb” refers to Jesus as King of kings as seen in Psalms 2:6 which says, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” 

He will reign on earth at His second coming for 1000 years in Jerusalem. 

For commentary on the 144,000, please click on the linkRevelation (7:1-8)

2 And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps

The sound of their voices was heard as one being in harmony with each other. It sounded like a musical instrument that was very beautiful and powerful, resembling the power of God. 

3 and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.

The 144,000 were rewarded for their faithfulness to the Lord with a new song that only they knew to sing praises before the throne of God and those in it. The song expressed love for their Redeemer.

For commentary on the four living creatures, please click on the link: Revelation (4:6-10)

For commentary on the elders, please click on the link: Revelation (4:1-5)

4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb

“not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins” refers to their dedication to Jesus Christ. Read below

1 Corinthians 7:32-35, 32 I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33 But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, 34 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. 35 I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

The phrase “It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes.” Shows their steadfast love and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Gospel. 

They were the firstfruits of Israel, the best of the land (people) which show their unique character and commitment to Christ. 

5 and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.

That which came out of their mouth was the Gospel. They lived what they preached. 


Bible Trivia Saturday: Parting The Waters (Answer)


How many times did God part the waters in the Scriptures and who did He use to do so?



Exodus 14:21

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.


Joshua 3:7-8, 16-17

7 The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. 8 And as for you, command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, ‘When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.’”

16 the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho. 17 Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.


2 Kings 2:8

Then Elijah took his cloak and rolled it up and struck the water, and the water was parted to the one side and to the other, till the two of them could go over on dry ground.


2 Kings 2:14

Then he took the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water, saying, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.

Moses, Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha were used by God to part the waters to help God’s people cross over by dividing it and to show that they were chosen by God to carry out His will. All four men also pointed to Jesus.

Moses: The giver of God’s Word (the law)

Jesus is the Word of God and giver of the good news.

Joshua: The name means savior, who brought the Israelites into the promised land and through his leadership defeated all of their enemies because of his obedience to God’s Word.

Jesus is the Savior of the world. By placing our faith in Him, He will give us eternal life and take us after physical death to the promised land (heaven).

Elijah: A mighty prophet who confronted the demonic forces who were behind the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel and destroyed them there. Elijah was taken up to heaven by a whirlwind.

Jesus confronted Satan in the wilderness and overcame his temptations. Jesus ascended into heaven in the presence of 500 people after His resurrection.

Elisha: A prophet who succeeded Elijah after his departure from earth, who God used to resurrect the Shunammite’s son.

Jesus is the resurrection and the life, whoever puts their trust in Him shall never see death but have everlasting life. Even though we physically die we shall live.

Bible Trivia Saturday: Parting The Waters

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A Soul That cries Out To God

Speaking to the Lord

May our hearts yearn for Jesus Christ

Speak to me O Lord for my soul longs for your Word. Stand by me Lord so that I may feel your protection. Direct my walk towards You O Lord, to know that I’m doing your will. Strengthen my faith so no matter what hits it, it will not be moved. Honor Your Name through my life so all can come to You for salvation. O how wonderful and awesome are Your ways O Lord who can compare to You? You rescued me from destruction and gave me eternal life, how can I glorify You today? How can men praise idols that are nothing and thrust you behind their backs? As for me O Lord I destroyed those worthless idols that are not gods because You alone saved me and delivered me from death. I praise You today Holy Father, for Your love and salvation, may all people be as I am, a servant, a slave, and a follower of the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ.

Psalm 95:1-7

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
7 For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Today, if you hear his voice