Luke 18:25: Camel through eye of a Needle? Can the wealthy be saved?

Confusion existing over Luke 18:25:

24 Seeing the man’s sadness, Jesus said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”

Jesus was not using hyperbole but His audience understood the import of His statement and analogy as they could relate to the “eye of the needle” and the camel in an experiential way we cannot in modern times. In ancient cities, there was a wall around them to provide security for the citizenry within and these walls had rather large main gates at various positions to allow ingress/egress during the daylight hours; during the night hours, security was a concern; therefore, a small gate was constructed adjacent to the large gate or at a strategic place in the wall sufficiently large for a person to pass through and enter the city after dark to access protection and shelter…this small gate was referred to as the “eye of the needle” and only required one or two guards to maintain security.

Jesus is teaching that it’s NOT impossible for a camel to pass through the “eye of a needle” but that a laden camel must first be unloaded, its possessions, its cargo, removed and the camel would most likely have to get on its knees and scoot through the narrow opening with much difficulty. Jesus is teaching that one must place their wealth, their possessions, in the proper perspective in order to enter the Kingdom of God…lay aside all encumbrances and make God and His Kingdom your number-one priority…then you can return and take possession of your wealth, your property, and use them for God’s glory with thanksgiving.

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