The Rich Young Ruler Bible Story for Kids & Adults (The Rich Young Man in the Bible); The Rich Young Ruler & Jesus (The Rich Young Man & Jesus). Explore the rich young ruler or the rich young man Luke or Matthew 19 Bible Story, i.e. bible verses & scriptures about The rich young ruler (Matthew 19:16-30).
Please Scroll down to #4 & #5 respectively for The Rich Young Man Commentary (Parable of the Rich Young Man Commentary), and The Rich Young Man Summary.
The rich young ruler story for kids, children, youth, teenagers and adults alike is a simple yet powerful story we can all learn from. Please scroll down to #3 for a simple version of the rich young ruler for kids. Scroll further down for the parable of the rich young man summary & commentary (for adults).
This important Bible Story is technically not in the list of parables in the Bible, but we can definitely also refer to it as the rich young man parable for kids, children, youth & adults. After all, a parable is a story and this is a story :). May God continually open our eyes and speak to us as we read and learn. Amen.
First we look at the story of the rich young ruler and Jesus (i.e. the rich young man and Jesus) from the scriptures (Matthew & Luke). Please feel free to use these notes to help facilitate your next rich young ruler sermon, bible study or discussion. Please scroll down to #3 below for a very simple version of the rich young ruler for kids, followed by the parable of the rich young man commentary for adults. We then end our discussion today with the rich young man summary.
The Rich Young Ruler Bible Story for Kids & Adults
(aka The Rich Young Man in the Bible)
Bible Verses/Scripture References: Matthew 19:16-30, Luke 18:18-27, and Mark 10:23-31.
#1 The Story of The Rich Young Man (Matthew 19:16-30 Scripture Reference)
Matthew 19:16- 26, ESV ~ The Rich Young Man
And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not 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 I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
#2 The Story of The Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18:18-23 Scripture Reference)
Luke 18:18-27, ESV ~ The Rich Ruler
And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
#3 Very simple version of The Rich Young Ruler for Kids and Young Children
One day, a rich young ruler came to Jesus and said, “Good teacher, what must I do to get eternal life?” Jesus told him to keep the commandments. “Which ones?” the man asked Jesus. Jesus reminded the man about some of the 10 commandments: Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother. Jesus also reminded him about another commandment – Love your neighbor as yourself. The young man said to Jesus – I have kept all these commandments since I was a little boy. What else do I need to do? Jesus loved this young man very much. But he knew there was something that was keeping him from becoming a follower. Jesus told this young man that there was one thing he lacked – he must sell the things he owned and give the money to the poor. Then he would have treasure in heaven, and follow Jesus. The young man’s face fell, and he sadly walked away. This man very rich, and he did not want to part with his riches. After the young man left, Jesus talked to his disciples about how hard it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Then Jesus said: “With God all things are possible.”
#4 The Rich Young Man Commentary (Parable of the Rich Young Man Commentary)
This young man was very eager and earnest. He wanted to know what to do in order to make sure he entered the kingdom of God. Jesus loved him and encouraged him. However Jesus saw that there was something holding him back from being 100% committed – his money. There is nothing wrong with being very rich or owning lots of possessions. However, nothing we have or own must be dearer to our hearts than Jesus is. If we hang on so tightly to anything that such that becomes our core, there’s a big problem. God must be our core. God must be the only thing we can’t do without. Following Jesus requires that we are completely dead to “self”. We must have a heart that is completely devoted to Christ.
Luke 9:23, NIV Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
Galatians 2:20, NLT My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
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#5 The Rich Young Man Summary
Following Jesus is the best decision we can ever make, but being a disciple isn’t necessarily easy. We cannot serve two masters. We cannot serve God and money. And “money” in this verse could be anything else – We can’t serve God along with anything else, period. Our hearts must be completely devoted to God in order to move forward in our walk with Him. God must always come first. But with God, all things are possible! God is eager to help us in our walk with him. God always has our best interests at heart. We can trust Him! We can serve God willingly and joyfully, putting him first in every area of our lives. There’s a price to pay, but we are much better off for it. So help us God, Amen.
Matthew 6:24, NIV No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Jeremiah 29:11-13, NIV For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Amen. )
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