Mark 10:18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.
GOOD. The Hebrew word is “tob,” meaning pleasant, joyful, and agreeable. It symbolizes all that is pleasing and gratifying; representing the highest moral standards. In other languages, the word “good” is used to describe both physical and moral qualities such as; honor, noble, admirable and worthy. But when we use the word “good” in everyday conversation, we rarely think of the meaning in this context. Instead we indiscriminately ascribe goodness to the ordinary and superficial according to our own definition of the word. Our sense of goodness is very often wrapped up in our need for personal comfort; physically, morally and spiritually.
“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus halts the rich, young ruler by immediately addressing the salutation; “Good Teacher.” Did the man really mean to attach the word “goodness” to Jesus? Was he, like many of us, casually using a characteristic ascribed only go God to flatter a celebrity without truly understanding to Whom He was speaking of or to? Perhaps subtly between the lines of Jesus’ brief question reads: “Young man, are you saying I am God?” The inference may have been missed by the listening audience, but Jesus understood the intent of the man’s heart and the desire to justify himself. Jesus knew, not only did the man not truly understand the goodness of God; neither did he truly desire it. Instead, he wished to use his own personal definition of “good” and sought to condone the application of it in his life. As the conversation progresses, the man’s heart is revealed and he walks away sorrowful without having recognized the goodness of God standing right in front of him.
No one is good except GOD.
God is good; morally perfect, the supreme standard and highest expression of goodness in every way. He does not need to qualify Himself as good, HE IS GOOD and exceeds every earthly meaning of the word. His goodness is constant and unchanging. It is not heightened in prosperity nor diminished in hardship; but consistently present with immeasurable intensity over all who seek him. His goodness is gentle, kind, and full of love bringing the sinner to repentance and the saint to praise! While the enemy of our souls would have us believe God is not good and He does not act beneficially toward us, we look to his Holy Scriptures and wield the Sword of truth against his lies declaring boldly: GOD IS GOOD!
Psalm 118:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures