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Thinkers demand–and usually rightly so–the context of significant quotations and provocative statements.

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Why?

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It’s easy to distort original meanings.

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To make them say what you want them to say.

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But is this always wrong-headed?

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No…. A Dozen Seconds ♥ does it.

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       And so did Jesus.

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   Consider the young rich man who came to Jesus when He was teaching. He asked Jesus:

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   “What good thing should I do that I may obtain eternal life?”

  Jesus then said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into eternal life, keep the commandments.”

   [The man] said to Him, “Which ones?”

   And Jesus said, “You shall not commit murder; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and mother; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

   The young man said to him, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?”

   Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell all your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come and follow Me.”

   But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieved; for he was one who owned much property.

–Matthew 19: 16-22 (NASB)

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   This is a powerful story. Our point here is a minor one: Jesus, by citing examples, is referring to all the Old Testament Law (above in bold type) in fewer than 3 dozen words (in English). To make His point, however, he didn’t have to cite every law in the Torah–all 613 specific laws–but to illustrate there was more to salvation than technical obedience to any laws. It was, in short, an exhortation that the true believer who wants to live forever with God is one who is willing to give God everything.

   This, by the way, is the only case recorded in the Bible where a person who Jesus asked to “follow Him” refused the offer.