Led by Joshua, the children of Israel have all land promised them by God. Jesus teaches on guarding against: self-righteousness, allowing anything in our lives to get in the way of following Him. We also get insight into the concept of child like faith.
So Yahweh gave to Israel all the land which he swore to give to their fathers. They possessed it, and lived in it.
Yahweh gave them rest all around, according to all that he swore to their fathers. Not a man of all their enemies stood before them. Yahweh delivered all their enemies into their hand.
Nothing failed of any good thing which Yahweh had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.
Yahweh, who shall dwell in your sanctuary? Who shall live on your holy hill?
He who walks blamelessly does what is right, and speaks truth in his heart;
He who doesn't slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor casts slurs against his fellow man;
In whose eyes a vile man is despised, but who honors those who fear Yahweh; he who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and doesn't change;
he who doesn't lend out his money for usury, nor take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be shaken. A Poem by David.
He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up,
saying, "There was a judge in a certain city who didn't fear God, and didn't respect man.
A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, 'Defend me from my adversary!'
He wouldn't for a while, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God, nor respect man,
yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.'"
The Lord said, "Listen to what the unrighteous judge says.
Won't God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them?
I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"
The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: 'God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.'
But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn't even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."
They were also bringing their babies to him, that he might touch them. But when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
Jesus summoned them, saying, "Allow the little children to come to me, and don't hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Most certainly, I tell you, whoever doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it."
A certain ruler asked him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus asked him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good, except one--God.
You know the commandments: 'Don't commit adultery,' 'Don't murder,' 'Don't steal,' 'Don't give false testimony,' 'Honor your father and your mother.'"
He said, "I have observed all these things from my youth up."
When Jesus heard these things, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have, and distribute it to the poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Come, follow me."
But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was very rich.
Jesus, seeing that he became very sad, said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!
For it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."
Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"
But he said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."
Peter said, "Look, we have left everything, and followed you."
He said to them, "Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children, for the Kingdom of God's sake,
who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life."
It happened, as he came near Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the road, begging.
Hearing a multitude going by, he asked what this meant.
They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
He cried out, "Jesus, you son of David, have mercy on me!"
Those who led the way rebuked him, that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "You son of David, have mercy on me!"
Standing still, Jesus commanded him to be brought to him. When he had come near, he asked him,
"What do you want me to do?" He said, "Lord, that I may see again."
Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you."
Immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God. All the people, when they saw it, praised God.
Out of all the lands God promised Abraham, Moses and Joshua, was there any land yet held by any enemy?
What are some traits of the righteous per David?
Is continuing to pray to God on a certain topic futile or sometimes necessary?
When we become self-righteous and compare ourselves in a superior way to others; does God consider it wicked?
Consider what Jesus means by having "child like" faith. Does a child fully understand all complexities in making an informed decision? Does a child instinctively trust and cling to the parent?
Even if we are able to obey the commandments but allow anything in our lives to be a higher priority than following Jesus is it dangerous to our spiritual walk? Does Jesus offer a clue that what is not possible for man is possible with God? Should we pray for help in keeping Jesus first?
If we give up anything that stands in the way of our being faithful to Jesus, do we loose or gain in the end?
Near Jericho, when the blind man continued to yell to Jesus, begging for mercy, the crowd tried to quiet the man. What did the blind man continue to do? What did Jesus do?