Listening to a great sermon the other day on Matthew 19.13-30 reminded me of how important it is to read the gospels with an eye to their context and not to insist on forcing them through a rigid systematic-theological grid. How many times have we heard that what is happening in this story is that Jesus is confronting this man with his own desire to save himself through works righteousness (i.e. laying down the law in its second use)? But does this really make sense? Look at the story again.