And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master…
I. PERSONS OF THIS DESCRIPTION ARE NOT QUALIFIED FOR DISCHARGING ARIGHT MANY DUTIES TO WHICH THEIR SITUATION IN LIFE MAY CALL THEM. Mildness and gentleness alone are not sufficient. This is but plastic clay to be shaped either for good or bad.
II. THESE PERSONS ARE ALSO ILL-FITTED FOR RESISTING THE COMMON TEMPTATIONS TO VICE. A constant desire to please is a poor bulwark against the persuasions of wicked men.
III. THEY ARE ALSO UNPREPARED FOR SUSTAINING THE DISTRESSES TO WHICH OUR STATE IS LIABLE. Learn:
1. That fair appearances alone are not to be trusted.
2. Piety is the only safe foundation of character.
3. Discipline must also be practised.
4. Watchfulness is also needed.
(Hugh Blair, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?