Jesus leaves Galilee and moves closer to Jerusalem where He will soon be crucified and resurrected. He enters the area known as Judea beyond the Jordan where He heals many among the large crowds that followed Him from Galilee.
The Pharisees come to Jesus and test Him about what Moses said about divorce. They were trying to trap Him. Jesus begins His answer by focusing on what Moses said about marriage before rebuking their hard-heartedness and answering their question.
Following what the Pharisees said about marriage, disciples observe that it is better to not marry. Jesus then speaks about serving God as an unmarried eunuch for those who can accept this lifestyle.
Little children are brought to Jesus, but the disciples turn them away. Jesus calls them back and says to let them come. He tells the disciples that the kingdom of God belongs to them and He lays hands upon them before leaving.
A devout young man who had great influence and wealth remarkably runs to Jesus and asks what else he can do to enter into eternal life. Jesus loves and admires his zeal and tells him to sell his possessions and give to the poor, and follow Him.
Jesus says that is very difficult for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. He compares this difficulty with a camel passing through the eye of a needle. The disciples wonder aloud who then can be saved to enter the kingdom.
After Jesus’s interaction with the rich young ruler, Peter expresses a concern about whether they have done enough to enter life. Implied is an underlying question about whether following Jesus is worth the risk or cost.
The Bible Says Commentary on the Book of Matthew
Jesus leaves Galilee for the last time and goes south toward Jerusalem where He will be crucified, to the area known as Judea beyond the Jordan. Pharisees there try to ensnare Him in a controversy about the practice of divorce and the Law of Moses. Jesus undermines their trap. Jesus rebukes His disciples for discouraging children from being brought to Him. A rich man asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life, but departs disappointed with His answer. This prompts Jesus to teach His disciples about entering the kingdom. Peter is concerned that he won’t make it in despite leaving everything. Jesus assures him that everyone who has forsaken their own lives for His sake will not lose their reward.