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Camel Through the Eye of the Needle


Eye of the Needle JerusalamJust so we don't miss it, each of the synoptic Gospel Bible quotes Jesus as saying, "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." What do we do with that? Having been in mobilization on every continent, I find that it could be said, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter serve the nations. 

For a camel to go through a small opening in the Jerusalem wall--the eye of the needle--the camel had to stripped of anything weighing him down, get on his knees. That is a great picture of what we must do to serve the Lord. Just like us, it is likely the camel needed to be pulled or pushed through to the goal. 

The writer to the Hebrews expresses the same idea in Chapter 12: "let us lay aside every weight, ... and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us."  In our Western cultures we have a lot of weights--busyness taking our time, endless opportunities taking our talent and stuff that will decay to drain our treasures. 

Below is the best video explanation of the concept. It is well done by a Catholic brother:

 

 

Nelson Malwitz, Finishers Project Founder

July 2012


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