Eye of the Needle

21 Jun, 2013

Matthew 19:24: “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.”

The eye of the needle is not the loop of a needle. The eye of the needle was a small gate in one of the walls around Jerusalem. In order for a camel laden with various goods to get through the eye, the camel had to be unburdened and the goods removed. Only then the camel could pass through the tight fitting gate.

Here, Jesus is not saying that it is impossible for every rich person to enter into heaven. He is saying that the rich person must hold their goods loosely, and be willing to lay them down when necessary.

-By Pastor Bo Jancic