Deuteronomy 1
Deuteronomy 2
Deuteronomy 3
Mark 10:1-22

Mark 10:  You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.”

20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

A realization & warning struck me as I read this passage.  Did you note that Jesus quoted the last 5 commandments to the young man.  These all deal with human-to-human interactions.  And the young man had been faithful.

Then. Jesus gives the command to drop everything and follow him.  And we then see the young man who has kept the human-to-human commandments refuse to follow the very first commandment (unquoted in Mark) from Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods before me.

He had placed his wealth before God.  A point of reflection – do we also have “things” or “actions” we place before the Lord who “loves us?”   If so, like the young man we may “go away sad.”

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