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- Matt 19:23. Clearly the rich, young man's heart was not in the right place for "he went away sorrowful." We do not know though whether the rich, young man goes away intending to obey the Lord or intending not to. The story does not tell us. If he goes away sorrowful but obedient then he is just like everyone else--as of yet imperfect and the only way to become perfect is to be obedient--even though our hearts are not yet right.
- Matt 20:28: Ransom. The Greek word lutron, translated in verse 28 as "ransom," appears in the New Testament only here and in a parallel passage in Mark 10:45. It refers to the price paid to redeem a slave or someone held captive.
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Prompts for life application
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Prompts for further study
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- Matt 19:11-12. Might these verses have some measure of application application to hermaphrodites or those struggling with homosexual attraction?
- Matt 19:11-12. In what way might other laws or commandments legitimately be said to have a similarly limited application?
- Matt 20:34. How is the Lord's compassion influence by seeing the blind men? By them asking to be healed?
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- Matt 19:24. Elder Boyd K Packer in his 1977 General Conference address The Mediator suggests that one reason the Lord says it is difficult for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God is that the rich don't have the same experience of being helpless that is common among the poor.
- Matt 19:24. In his November 1980 General conference address The Choice Elder Packer interprets this verse as a warning that though it is possible to be both rich and famous and succeed spiritually, it is difficult.
- Matt 19:24. Blog posts. See Kevin Barney's linguistic analysis at the BCC blog here. See Geoff J.'s contextual discussion at the New Cool Thang blog here.
- Matt 20:1-5. Geoff J. has posted an interesting discussion of this parable at his New Cool Thang blog.
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