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Inverting the World's Values (19:1-20:16)
- Grounds for Divorce in God's Law (19:1-12)
- Jesus Summons Us to Work Toward God's Ideals (19:1-6)
- Some People Interpret the Bible in a Way That Treats Others Unjustly (19:7-8)
- An Exception for the Innocent Party (19:9)
- Remaining Single Is Sometimes the Price of Following Jesus (19:10-12)
- The Kingdom Belongs to Children (19:13-15)
- The Cost of Discipleship (19:16-22)
- Those Who Want Eternal Life Must Obey God's Commands (19:16-20)
- Jesus Summons Disciples to Absolute Commitment (19:21-22)
- Sacrifice and Reward (19:23-30)
Jesus' male contemporaries valued the great and powerful; Jesus summoned status-seeking men to love their wives and children. The world valued wealth; Jesus summoned his followers to sacrifice all for the kingdom, caring for the poor (19:21; compare 6:19-24). Only those who prepared for such sacrifices could enter the coming kingdom.
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