Verse of the Day
And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:24-26 [NKJV]
I’ve wanted to write a devotional on the eye of the needle for years but struggled with how to approach it. As I got deeper into the Word and scoured the commentaries and other resources in search of wisdom, I found that there were two schools of thought as to what Jesus meant. One interpretation is that the eye of the needle refers to a small gate in the wall of Jerusalem through which a camel could enter only by stooping on its knees with its baggage removed, the inference being that it is difficult (but not impossible) for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The other is that Jesus was literally referring to a sewing needle, meaning that it’s impossible.
Recently the Holy Spirit shared with me that, instead of trying to discern the true meaning of today’s passage, I’d been engaged in an intellectual exercise. I’d been focusing on the wrong part of the passage and failed to grasp the heart of the parable. The beauty of this passage is that it shows us the mercy, grace, and mystery of God. Regardless of what the eye of the needle really means, Jesus tells His disciples (and us) that the answer to whether a rich sinner can be saved is that “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (emphasis added). Only through divine grace can one be justified. Amen.