Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And what was sown among the thorns means the man who listens to the message, and then the worries of the time and the pleasure of being rich choke the message out, and it yields nothing.
And the king was sorry, but because he had sworn to do it, and because of the guests who were present, he ordered it to be given to her.
The king was exceedingly sorry, but on account of his oath and his guests he did not like to break his word to her,
But his face fell at Jesus' words, and he went away much cast down, for he had a great deal of property.
But when he heard that, he was much cast down, for he was very rich.
This made Pilate try to find a way to let him go, but the Jews shouted, "If you let him go, you are no friend of the emperor's! Anyone who calls himself a king utters treason against the emperor!"
No slave can belong to two masters, for he will either hate one and love the other, or stand by one and make light of the other. You cannot serve God and money.
For what good will it do a man if he gains the whole world but parts with his life? What can a man give to buy back his life?
For you may be sure that no one who is immoral, or greedy for gain (for that is idolatry) can have any share in the Kingdom of Christ and God.
So treat as dead your physical nature, as far as immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed are concerned; for it is really idolatry.
And he left everything and got up and followed him.