MAT 19:24 Again I say unto you, It is easier for a rope* to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
(Lamsa Translation, From the Peshitta Aramaic Manuscript of the Syriac Christian Church of the East)
*The Aramaic word gamala means rope and camel.
“It is said that for the most part Jesus and His disciples spoke Aramaic and that many of the sermons were first preached in Aramaic. The example of trying to put a rope through the eye of needle is a simple, but powerful illustration.
Is Jesus talking about the basic salvation here, or is He speaking about a higher level of attainment and perfection in the kingdom of God? To understand this, we must understand the context in which it is spoken.
Matthew 19:19-26 (for context)
It is not easy to thread a rope through the eye of a needle. To do so, there must be much stripping away, until it seems that our life hangs by just a thread. But, if the Most High is watching over the process, that fragile little thread is stronger than the largest and strongest steel cable that we can imagine. We may think that we have been forgotten and forsaken because that little thread seems so fragile, but nevertheless it is a thread that God will not let break.“