Come Follow Me LDS- May 13-19 Part 1: Matt 19-20, Mark 10, Luke 18

‘The Family, A Camel & A Needle’

– Jesus teaches of marriage and the family to the non-family Pharisees

– The Young Rich Man is taught the law of consecration and the Higher Law

– What the Young Rich Man lacks is the Higher Law

– Chiasmus  & Covenant

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What Lack I Yet?” Part 1

 

in this episode we learn about the

family a camel and a needle here we go

alright in this episode we are covering

Matthew 19 and 20 mark 10 and Luke 18

what I’m going to do there’s some

overlap and some questions as to when

some of these parables were actually

told so what I’m going to do is I’m

going to go through the teachings of

Jesus first from these chapters and then

we’re going to go over the parables

combined in episode number two so we’re

going to start off by going through Matthew

19 and here in Matthew it says that

Jesus departs Galilee and something to

keep in mind here remember we’re

building up to the holy week we’re

building up to Jesus coming to Jerusalem

for the last time and verse 2 here is

important and we hear this throughout

all of the Gospels at this point and

great multitudes followed him so he has

a very large following that are likely

going to be going with him or meeting

him at Jerusalem just keep that in mind

I’m going to come back to that in a minute

so then in verse 3 it says the Pharisees

also came unto Him tempting him which

they always do and saying unto Him is it

lawful for a man to put away his wife

for every cause now they’re probably

hoping that he says yes remember what we

learned in the last episodes last couple

of episodes in Joseph Smith translation

chapter 16 of Luke we learn that this

was probably a standard practice among

the Pharisees that they would marry a

woman and then put her away

and then marry somebody else and they

were probably abusing this quite a bit

that’s what it appears like to me and so

here this question comes up and here’s

what Jesus responds he says have you not

read that he which made them at the

beginning made them male and female and

said and going right back to the very

beginning of Genesis remember everything

in the New Testament they’re referring

back to the Old Testament right all of

the teachings of Jesus where he makes

references to the prophets and the

understanding of the current doctrine

and teachings is all referenced back to

the Old Testament and so he says have

you not read that he which made them at

the beginning made them male and female

and said for this cause shall a man

leave father and mother and shall cleave

to his wife and then twain shall be one

flesh so just a couple of interesting

points here first of all remember he’s

responding to a group of people the

Pharisees that he knows abuses this

practice of putting away their spouses

and divorcing their spouses and marrying

somebody else but it says here in verse

5 after he says that God made man male

and female he says and for this cause

and it’s like well wait what cause well

what causes there they haven’t really

mentioned a cause well the cause is

that male and female have been split

apart remember from Adam’s rib woman is

made so from one part we get to right

male and female and so what is the cause

from that the cause is as in with all

covenant and with all principles of the

gospel is to bring them back together so

they’ve been split apart and now they

need to be brought back together to be

strengthened two separate individuals

male and female to be strengthened and

be brought back together

where they are no longer Twain and they

twain shall be one flesh so this is a

process of the gospel of covenant and of

what the Lord approves of so then he

says wherefore they are no more Twain

but one flesh so another one it’s just

like when we are separated from God

through the fall and being born down

into mortality that we are again

supposed to be one with him as we’re

told in John Wright we are separated we

were with him before we are now

separated and we need to come back to

him and be one with him again so he says

what therefore God hath joined together

let no man put asunder so he’s saying no

divorce so I don’t want to go over

specifics but keep in mind at least that

what Jesus is teaching here is contrary

to what the Pharisees are doing he’s

trying to put them straight number one

number two think of what the ideal is

the ideal is and not everybody gets

there and that’s okay but the ideal is

that a man and a woman are brought

together and are made one flesh that’s

what the ideal is that Jesus is talking

about then it falls over through some

specifics about when should someone be

divorced and not divorced I don’t really

want to go into that here in this

episode but what we’re talking about

here is an ideal that Jesus is

presenting with marriage and then we

skip down to verse 13 and what would go

right along with that

well it says then were there brought

unto Him little children that he should

put his hands on them and pray and the

disciples rebuked him maybe blessings

that he’s giving the kids and when they

rebuked him then Jesus responds suffer

the little children and forbid them not

to come unto me for of such is the

kingdom of heaven and so we get this

idea that Jesus is talking about here

about family and

remember again back in Joseph Smith

translation Luke 16 he talks about how

the Pharisees not only were putting away

their wives but how they were offending

the little ones so think about that

context as he’s going over this against

the Pharisees were trying to tempt him

he’s putting it right so to speak right

back into their face and saying if such

is the kingdom of God and you are

offending these little ones and so his

focus is on family right marriage and

the kids and that is the exact opposite

of what is happening here apparently

with the Pharisees and then Jesus has a

young man come up to him and asks him a

very important question and he says good

master what good thing shall I do that I

may have eternal life and he said unto

Him why call us thou me good there is

none good but one that is God or the

Father but if thou wilt enter into life

keep the commandments

so this is very interesting so far with

what we’ve talked about with family we

can look at authorship what is Matthew

doing here and putting things together

with the marriage and with the kids he’s

talking about family as a central point

and kind of putting into the face of the

Pharisees and responding to their

questions but now we can use the

principle here of the higher in the

lower law and we get a very clear

understanding if we recognize this of

what principles are being taught again

backing up he says why call us thou me

good there is none good but one so first

of all that puts in place that hierarchy

the fluid hierarchy Jesus is not at the

top he knows that and he doesn’t want it

that way it doesn’t work like that

he must have somebody to look to be

humble to and have that type of

relationship with just like we need to

learn that relationship and so he may

very clear here to this young man the

one person that is good is Who I am

working for and that is God the Father

but then he says but if thou wilt enter

into life so coming into mortality

coming into the carnal world then he

says keep the commandments I find that

very interesting

I would suggest here that he is putting

out here the lower law first he’s

explaining how this works

he’s saying here is the lower mortal or

or carnal law which is keeping the

commandments being that it’s a lower law

doesn’t mean it’s wrong or bad it means

it’s first it means first we obey that

is one of the first principles that we

need to follow and so the commandments

are part of the ironic law or the lower

law so he brings us up first and then he

goes through the Ten Commandments which

are part of the lower law the law of

Moses and the young man responds woman

says oh great I do all of these things

so he follows everything that he

believes he’s supposed to be doing

because that’s the environment with the

lower law with the law of Moses and then

he asks the title of this week’s

come follow me lesson then he asks what

lack I yet so he understands or at least

is questioning oh I follow the law of

Moses I follow the lower law what else

is there and so Jesus brings up this

point and says if thou will be perfect

go and sell that thou hast and give to

the poor and thou shalt have treasure in

heaven and come and follow me so we get

come follow me so what do we learn from

this the transition is what else is

there what lack I yet what he lacks is

the higher law what he lacks is the milk

isn’t

law and everything that would go along

with it what is part of the Melchizedek

law well at the very highest level of

the level of community of the level of

Zion is the law of consecration that is

part of the Melchizedek law and the higher

law and that is what Jesus is teaching I

believe is what he is teaching to this

young man

it is also an ideal for us to reach for

and something that we don’t live

perfectly currently but it is something

that Jesus is putting out here as an

ideal and part of the higher law so

apart from the law of Moses and the

lower law you still need to follow the

higher law and that is what I am

bringing to the earth and restoring here

and part of that is the law of

consecration and Jesus also describes

this portion of what he lacks by saying

if thou will be perfect in verse 21 well

remember that perfect is Telly oz and

it’s reaching an end while the end of

what well going through a temple the

mysteries of a temple it is reaching the

end of the temple where the higher law

is perfect means to complete something

to finish something to fulfill something

and living and including the higher law

is completing getting to the end of the

temple which is exactly what is meant in

Matthew 5:48 when he says be ye

therefore perfect and so the young man

hears this and he went away sorrowful

for he had great possessions how hard

would it have been for him to leave if

he had nearly nothing and what is the

benefit of doing this writing it right

here what is the benefit well he says

sell everything that you have and come

follow me so ultimately if you’re going

to be perfect or if you’re going to

fulfill your end you’re going to be

following me and the law of consecration

is a part of that the higher law is a

part of that the higher law has to do

with following Jesus Christ and Jesus

says when the young man goes away

sorrowful he says verily I say to you

that a rich man shall hardly enter into

the kingdom of heaven or in other words

it will be very difficult and again I

say unto you it is easier for a camel to

go through the eye of a needle we’ve

heard that then for a rich man to enter

into the kingdom of God and so the

disciples are all amazed thinking well

then who’s really going to get into the

kingdom of God if a rich person who is

successful is going to have a difficult

time going getting in then who is

actually going to get in again we see

all of this these fruits of a lower law

living a lower law coming out throughout

the New Testament and this is one

example where there is a belief that

physical goods wealth has to do with

getting into the kingdom of God and not

spirituality that would be a result a

consequence a social consequence or a

collective conscious consequence of not

living a higher law and not having that

in place we can see in our own society

that as we drift away from spiritual

things and trust more and more into a

lower law and into material things how

we might eventually get to a point as a

society where we believe and trust more

in those material items than we do in

anything spiritual and Jesus then

follows up in verse 26 by saying with

men this is impossible but with God all

things are possible

in other words material wealth is gained

by men

but with God all things are possible

regardless of your station in life and

he finishes up here by saying but many

that our first shall be last and the

last shall be first so this is something

we hear often times throughout a lot of

the scriptures many that are first shall

be last and the last shall be first that

in itself is a chi Asmus as we’ve got

covered previously and is in fact a

description of a chi Asmus and a chi

Asmus in many ways is a description of

the gospel and the principle of covenant

as we see that God made the heavens and

the earth and they are separated they

need to come back together again but

they exist in kind of a mirrored reality

and so the first shall be last and the

last shall be first and he’s going to go

over what he means by this phrase by

teaching a few different parables we’ll

cover those parables in episode 2 I’ll

talk to you soon

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