This statement from Jesus is what is known as hyperbole-a deliberate exaggeration in order to make a point. We might compare this to the modern statement, “It’s raining cats and dogs.” We don’t mean that actual cats and dogs are falling from the sky. We are saying that the rain is coming down in a torrential downpour.

The point Jesus was making is that wealthy people tend to put their trust in their riches. It is very difficult for them to release their grasp on the material-things they can see with their physical eyes-in order to commit themselves in faith to spiritual realities that they can’t see or feel. Jesus had just seen this difficulty proven by the rich young ruler. who rejected Jesus invitation to become His disciple because “he had great possessions” (Mark 10:22).

Bone needles like this were commonly used in Jesus’ day. Using hyperbole, He observed that it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of such a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God.

Other examples of Jesus’ use of hyperbole include these: “Ye blind guides [Pharisees], which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel” (Matthew 23:24), and “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother. . . .he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26).

MARK 10:25 – It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, then for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

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