Questions Jesus Asked #32

Matthew 19:16-17 – Now 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, obey the commandments.”  NIV

This much commented on encounter with Jesus. The accounts by the different Gospel writers are basically the same but with a slight difference in what “good” modifies.  In Matthew’s account in the earliest texts, good does not modify teacher but seems to be translated good thing.  Luke’s Gospel (18:18) and Mark’s Gospel (10:17) seem to have good modifying teacher.  Luke identifies the man as a ruler, and all three mention that he had great wealth. Continue reading