Matthew 19–20; Mark 10; Luke 18

May 8, 2023 to May 14, 2023

In these chapters, Jesus teaches what our goals should be in life: instead of seeking riches, to live obediently; instead of seeking to command others, to serve.


“Jesus Teaches about Wealth (Mark 10:17-31),” Julie M. Smith, from The Gospel According to Mark

While the impulse to minimize Jesus’ teachings should generally be avoided, there is good reason to believe that the command to sell all was not meant to be a universal command but rather was unique to this man’s situation.

“The Rich Young Ruler and the Parable of the Unjust Steward,” S. Kent Brown, from The Testimony of Luke 

Jesus prepared his disciples to be wise and faithful leaders. The interaction with the rich young ruler teaches them that if people’s hearts are tied to money and the things of this world, they cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. The parable of the unjust steward praises the steward for taking decisive and shrewd action, but Jesus adds that the correct principle is to be faithful with even small responsibilities.

“‘What Therefore God Hath Joined Together, Let No Man Put Asunder,’” Richard D. Draper, The Sermon on the Mount in Latter-day Scripture 

Jesus uses the question of divorce (Matt. 19; Mark 10) to teach about marriage.  

“Divorce,” Dallin H. Oaks, General Conference April 2007 

A good marriage requires a man and a woman committed to strive together toward perfection.