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Ill. – Eye of the needle

Jesus was not saying that it is impossible for the rich to be saved. In those days cities were walled and had huge gates, which were open in the day light hours but barred shut at night. If a trader arrived at the city after dark he would not be able to get into the city except through tiny doors that opened in the gate. These doors were like normal house doors and were called the “eye of the needle”. In order to get the camels inside they would have to completely unload the packs and carry them through manually. A huge job but one that was necessary because the load would not be safe left outside over night. Thus the comparison to salvation, we cannot come in as long as we are carrying the load of things we trust in. They must be shed and replaced with trust in the Lord.

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