Have you ever just sat back and read your Bible, and you are getting into it, and reading passages that are touching your soul? Suddenly, you come to a passage that says something that makes you stop, and re-read, and think; “Is this a metaphor, foreshadowing, or literal…or all?” I do this. Attending a Christian University sparked 2 things in me: 1.) to have a love for not just reading the word of God, but studying it and 2.) To question everything that will lead me to a sound and Biblical answer.
A while ago, at the beginning of my calling on the foreign missions field, I was talking with a sister while sitting on the Caribbean beach. I was explaining to her that, it would be my last time going to the Dominican Republic. She said something wonderfully prophetic. She said that she believed that I was going to come back another way. Our conversation was intriguing as we began talking about the uniqueness of God. She began to explain to me how not everything that we read from scripture is a metaphor. Some things are literal.
My first person to person encounter with the Eye of the Needle was when I spoke with this sister. I have heard of it before, but I never knew that it was an actual place with literal references. Here is what the Bible says about the Eye of the Needle.
Matthew 19:24 “And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.”
I did more research about this place, while studying at Ohio Christian University. The eye of the needle is an extremely narrow passage way, that has such little breadth, that when the camels go through it, any baggage that they are carrying on their backs have to be taken off, and they have to get on their knees to crawl through and be pushed through such a tiny passage. A point was made, that to follow God, we must do the same…..take off our baggage and our titles and humbly follow Him. Not only that, but, like the man nor the camel can make it through that passage way on their own, it is impossible for us to be saved on our own. Matthew 7:14 “Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
This tiny passage way would open in the evening, as the main entrance into the city (Jerusalem) was closed at night. If a rich man wanted to enter in through it, he would have to unload all of his belongings off of his camel, and go through the tedious and impossible task of working his camel through such a tiny entrance. The impossibility of man saving himself, is only possible through and by God saving us. God uses real life to explain His real salvation. (All scriptural references made are from the King James Version Bible).
Acts 2 (2:38)