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Matthew 19 - NIV


1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan.

2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”

4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[a]

5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’[b] ?

6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”

8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.

9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”

11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.

12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

The Little Children and Jesus

13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.

14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” he inquired.
Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony,

19 honor your father and mother,’[c] and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]

20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.

24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”

26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[e] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.


a. Matthew 19:4 Gen.?1:27
b. Matthew 19:5 Gen.?2:24
c. Matthew 19:19 Lev.?19:18
d. Matthew 19:19 Exodus?20:12-16; Deut.?5:16-20
e. Matthew 19:29 Some manuscripts do not have or wife.

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Matthew Parker avatar
The Way of Jesus, Part 1
Shared by: Matthew Parker on Jan, 2017
Summary: The Way of Jesus is an initiative of my denomination, Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada. As prep, we're doing a 7-part series. The first message is on the first marker of the Way of Jesus: I have begun to follow Jesus, depending on the God's Spirit.
James Wallace avatar
The Man Who Had Everything, Except . . .
Shared by: James Wallace on Oct, 2016
Summary: Jesus has a shocking answer to the young man who asked him what good thing he could do to obtain eternal life. His answer suggests that perhaps we need to reconsider how we present the Gospel--that the faith that saves also repents and follows Jesus.
Michael Stark avatar
Does Wealth Count?
Shared by: Michael Stark on Jul, 2016
Summary: Wealth can blind us to the riches of Christ when they assume an improper place in our lives.
Scripture: Matthew 19:16-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 759
Shared by: NNAEMEKA DURUEKE on Jun, 2016
Scripture: Matthew 14:19-19:20
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 132
John Gaston avatar
Shared by: John Gaston on Jun, 2016
Summary: The recent growth in Calvinistic doctrine & teaching on original sin has reignited the debate on whether children are guilty of sin & where they go if they die. This looks at that & gives 5 reasons why I believe they go to heaven.
Scripture: Matthew 19:14
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 220
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
Lowering the casket? WHAT REALLY MATTERS?
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on May, 2016
Summary: You are a product of your daily choices? Have you ever considered choices have consequences? Have you ever pondered: worth, value, price and cost?
David Owens avatar
The Rewards of a Servant
Shared by: David Owens on Apr, 2016
Summary: This sermon lays out the hope of the promised rewards awaiting all of God's servants.
Scripture: Matthew 19:27-29
Views: 585
Allan Quak avatar
Avoid Spiritual Arrogance
Shared by: Allan Quak on Mar, 2016
Summary: The First commandment calls us to trust in God, not in ourselves
Sherm Nichols avatar
Marriage Matters
Shared by: Sherm Nichols on Mar, 2016
Summary: Biblical look at marriage, in an effort to restore its rightful place in our thinking
Chuck Brooks avatar
Divine Guidelines for Marriage – Part I
Shared by: Chuck Brooks on Mar, 2016
Summary: But in today’s society and well as in the church, you have singles who want to get into marriage and couples who want to get out of marriage. In this message, Pastor Chuck will first talk to the singles and then married folk.
Stephen E. Trail avatar
About the Structure of the Home
Shared by: Stephen E. Trail on Feb, 2016
Summary: A sermon defining the Biblical structure for the home.
Scripture: Matthew 19:4-6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 314
Tim Smith avatar
When Things Don’t Work Out
Shared by: Tim Smith on Feb, 2016
Summary: what does Jesus have to say about divorce? In our Scripture today, the Pharisees asked Jesus, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?"
Scripture: Matthew 19:1-12
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 178
John Lowe avatar
Shared by: John Lowe on Dec, 2015
Summary: In Matthew 19:21, Jesus makes both diagnosis and prescription. Since the signs of wealth were all over this young man, Jesus suspected that his soul might be in the bank with his stocks and bonds. So Jesus said, ". . . .
Scripture: Matthew 19:16-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 474
Paul Basehore avatar
The Truth about Christmas Carols
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Dec, 2015
Summary: Jesus is the reason for the season, and because of that everything about this season can point back to Him in some way.
Gregory Lilly avatar
Signs of Spiritual Growth
Shared by: Gregory Lilly on Nov, 2015
Summary: Wonder if you are truly growing in your faith? Here are just a few signs to show that you are.
Scripture: Matthew 19:21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 899
Stephen Belokur avatar
Marriage and the Church
Shared by: Stephen Belokur on Nov, 2015
Summary: The traditional vows between a man and a woman at the time of marriage are beautiful and full of self abandonment and commitment. We who are in the Church, are there because of a mutual commitment between Christ and ourselves, like marriage.
Scripture: Matthew 19:4-6
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 345
Derrick Tuper avatar
Is That In The Bible?
Shared by: Derrick Tuper on Oct, 2015
Summary: I read an article by Shane Pruitt titled, “Nine unbiblical statements Christians believe”. Today I'll share some of those. Although they're not biblical they do hold some elements of truth so it’s important for us to gain clarity on these statements.
Ajai Prakash avatar
Kingdom of Heaven (Part 6)
Shared by: Ajai Prakash on Aug, 2015
Summary: What is clearly revealed here is that doing the will of God must ultimately find expression in following Jesus. You cannot do God’s will and not follow Christ. Apart from allegiance to him by faith, there is no salvation.
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Scripture: Matthew 19:23-30
Views: 304
Dean Courtier avatar
Healing & Wholeness: Faith is more than a feeling.
Shared by: Dean Courtier on Aug, 2015
Summary: Feelings are real – we truly experience them. We don’t imagine them and God has created us with the capacity for an incredibly wide range of emotions and feelings. If we regularly read the Bible and think about God’s promises, our faith will increase.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 19:26
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,579
Eugene Pansler Jr avatar
What Does Same-Sex Break?
Shared by: Eugene Pansler Jr on Aug, 2015
Summary: what does same-sex break
Ron Freeman, Evangelist avatar
Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage
Shared by: Ron Freeman, Evangelist on Aug, 2015
Summary: To establish that: “marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge,” Hebrews 13:4. This lesson deals with the notion of marriage, divorce and remarriage.
John Gaston avatar
What the Bible Says About Homosexuality
Shared by: John Gaston on Jun, 2015
Summary: We must decide whether we will have the courage to stand by what the Bible says or to abandon it completely and live like the world. To compromise the Word is not an option. It either IS or IS NOT GOD"S WORD!
Scripture: Matthew 19:4-5
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 407
Stephen Belokur avatar
Father's Day 2015
Shared by: Stephen Belokur on Jun, 2015
Summary: This is not, strictly speaking, a Father's Day message. It is about the confusion that has come into the family during this turbulent, chaotic, sinful time. The nuclear family is treated like some useless relic of ages past. What does the Bible say?
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Scripture: Matthew 19:4-6
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 659
David Owens avatar
Marriage Ain't Easy
Shared by: David Owens on May, 2015
Summary: In this sermon, we explore some myths that can lead our marriage to failure.
Scripture: Matthew 19:1-10
Views: 540
Jerry Cosper avatar
What Seems Impossible for You?
Shared by: Jerry Cosper on Apr, 2015
Summary: This is a short devotional to get people to realize that a person must relinquish control of things to God.
Scripture: Matthew 19:26
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 626
Craig Condon avatar
Giving Something Up for Lent
Shared by: Craig Condon on Apr, 2015
Summary: God will give us the strength and desire to let go of the things that hinder us from serving Him. If we follow Him, He will bless us spiritually. In order to be first with God, we have to be last in the eyes of the world.
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Scripture: Matthew 19:16-30
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 320
Josue Martinez avatar
El Divorcio
Shared by: Josue Martinez on Mar, 2015
Summary: ¿Los cristianos se pueden divorciar? y si ya se divorciaron ¿qué pueden hacer? ¿En qué casos se permite el divorcio para los cristianos?
Scripture: Matthew 19:1-12
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 620
Davon Huss avatar
What About Divorce?
Shared by: Davon Huss on Mar, 2015
Summary: Discussion of divorce from Jesus in Matthew 19 and then give some applications to various groups (Material adapted from Andreas J. Köstenberger's book, God, Marriage, and Family)
Series: Family 2015
William Akehurst avatar
Eli's Sign
Shared by: William Akehurst on Feb, 2015
Summary: Eli's Sign is a real life experience of a 3 year old and his influence on his family that illustrates GOD'S love for us. Out of the mouth of babes...comes profound insight. Perhaps that is why GOD says we need to come to HIM as children.
Michael Stark avatar
If You Would be Perfect
Shared by: Michael Stark on Jan, 2015
Summary: Stewardship begins with stewardship of life--receiving the life that Jesus offers. All that we consider "stewardship" flows from this first great decision.
Scripture: Matthew 19:16-30
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 363