St Matthew 19 Reflections

The Gospel According to St. Matthew: Matthew Chapter 19: Read Here:

19 what lack I

The Pharisees Question Jesus about Divorce

Jesus departed from Galilee and entered the coast of Judea beyond Jordon. “And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there” (Matt 19:2).

‘The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him,

“Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?”

And he answered and said unto them,

“Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, … For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder”’ (vs. 3-6).

The Pharisees continued to press their point, saying that Moses said a writing of divorcement could be done.

‘He saith unto them,

“Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so”’ (vs. 8).

Further thoughts: In the beginning, and even now today, God meant for men and women to marry and to honor their marriage covenants; being helpmates to each other and complementing each other.

Jesus Loves the Little Children

‘Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said,

“Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

‘And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence’ (vs. 13-15).

Further thoughts: What impact did this have on those children for the rest of their lives? “I wish that His hands had been place on my head.”

I Think When I Read that Sweet Story of Old: Listen here:

I think when I read that sweet story of old,
When Jesus was here among men,
How he called little children like lambs to his fold;
I should like to have been with him then.

I wish that his hands had been placed on my head,
That his arms had been thrown around me,
That I might have seen his kind look when he said,
“Let the little ones come unto me.”

Words: Jemima Luke; Music: Leah Ashton Lloyd

What Lack I Yet

‘And, behold, one came and said unto him,

“Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?”

‘And he said unto him,
“Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”

‘He saith unto him,


Jesus said,

“Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

The young man saith unto him,

“All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?”

‘Jesus said unto him,

“If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.”

‘But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions’ (vs 16-22).

‘Then said Jesus unto his disciples,

“Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, 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.”

‘When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying,

“Who then can be saved?”

‘But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them,

“With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (vs. 23-26).

Further thoughts: Which commandments should we keep? Which one should I be working on? Which one needs your attention? The one that we are having the most difficulty with is the one we should work hardest at mastering.

This man kept the obvious, outward, visible commandments. But what did he lack, or which commandment was he having a hard time keeping, since he was unwilling to part with his riches, give to the poor, and follow Jesus? How would we respond if asked to do the same?

Isn’t it nice to know that with God all things are possible? Not one of us can make it back into heaven without Jesus. And of our own accord, no matter how many commandments we’ve kept from our youth up, we all still lack the ability to enter into an eternal progression without Him. Though there are areas in which we lack, or things that cause us to fall short of the glory of God, if we come unto Him, He can show us what we yet lack; and, we should count ourselves privileged for His personal tutelage.

Like the young men, if we approach the Lord with the question, “What lack I yet?” He will let us know. And He can inspire us in what we need to do to change and improve.

“And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them” (Ether 12:27).

He who has bought us with a price will not sell us short. Neither should we.

‘Then answered Peter and said unto him,

“Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?”

‘And Jesus said unto them,

“Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first” (vs. 27-30).

Further thoughts: The twelve apostles are set as judges in Israel which will hereafter judge the Twelve Tribes of Israel.


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