Written by Larry M. Jaynes:
-23: Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
-24: And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
This is the story of the father who brought his son to Jesus’ disciples for healing, but his disciples were unable to help. The reason for this was not because the disciples had any lack of believing, but rather the father of the child was not believing. That man had someone to blame when Jesus’ disciples failed, but Jesus was able to see the bigger picture and knew that the man himself had to believe, thus Jesus taught verse 23 (above) to the father of the child. In verse 24 (above) the man began believing, and asked for help not for his son, but for himself, because he began to realize that in order for his son to be delivered he himself (as the caregiver of that child) needed to believe for his son.
When we ask Jesus Christ for help in our believing and prayer he most certainly will help, because today we can pray in the name of Jesus Christ to receive answers to our prayers. Even though that father had Jesus Christ before his very eyes, we today have Christ’s name to believe in and with.
-24: And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
-25: When His disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
-26: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
These verses are sometimes used to try to prove that if you are rich, then heaven is not the place you will end up unless you give all your money away, but this could not be further from the truth. Jesus was referring to a rich man who put all his trust in his money, while the Word of God instructs us to put our trust in God. There is nothing wrong with having money or being rich. The “eye of the needle” story sounds totally impossible. Nevertheless, it is not, because the eye of the needle does not refer to a sewing needle with a little teeny hole at one end.
You see, in the biblelands there was always a smaller door within the larger, two-story “gates of the city,” and this smaller door could open at night, and this smaller, inner door was named the eye of the needle. When a weary traveler approached a city at night, the gates were always closed but he still could enter through the narrow doorway. However, his camel had to unload its burden before entering because a camel would barely fit through the smaller door. Camels were usually piled up high and wide and there would be no way to enter the city without unloading. Sometimes the eye of the needle was referred to as a “bottleneck” or “needle’s eye,” because of its shape and this door is what Jesus was referring to in his teaching of the eye of the needle. One could walk their camels into the city and carry in the camel’s burden; however, some people were just too darn stubborn to unload their burden.
A walled city symbolized God’s presence and His protection. Just as a camel needed to be unloaded of its burden, Jesus was implying that trusting in God is how people, even rich people, release their own burdens in this life and this trust allows God to watch over them (Proverbs 3:5–6). In the walled city, there would be safety for themselves, their camels, and all of their supplies. Yet some would rather “trust” in their own abilities and resources and as in the eye of the needle story, they would rather stay outside all night and keep all their stuff out there with them. Thus, they would be taking their chances against the bandits of the night. This is why Jesus says, with man on his own, things may seem impossible (and sometimes even frightening), but where there is trust and believing faith ― then there is confidence and safety, for with God all things are possible.
This is why Jesus says, with man on his own, things may seem impossible, but where there is trust, faith, and believing, then “with God all things are possible.”