THE ART OF MOLDING A CHILD
JOHN 6: 5 - 13
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JESUS CHRIST loves little children. Once His disciples tried to
hurry a group of little children away from Him so adults could
approach Him. Affectionately He said, "Let the little children
come unto Me, and do not forbid them; for such is the kingdom of
heaven" (Matthew 19:14). The AKJ translates it "Suffer little
children to come unto me..." The archaic KJ is awkward for our
contemporary ears. The Greek word translated "suffer" is
APHIEMI, and means "go to any extent necessary to let little
children come to Me." Don't let anything keep them away.
"JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN ...."
Jesus further emphasized the importance He placed on children by
saying, "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believes in
Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were
hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea" (Mark
To make clear what Christ is saying is to emphasize the
importance He placed on just one child and the love He has for
all children. Jesus is saying that death, even death of the most
horrible type, is preferable to being guilty of seducing a child
to do wrong. It is a reference to placing any beguiling
allurement in the path of a child that might entrap the child or
entice it to do wrong. That is a heavy indictment.
Jesus was a defender of the defenseless.
In the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 on five barley loaves
and two small fishes, there are two miracles. One is obvious.
The multiplication of the food was obviously miraculous. Any
parent of a little boy knows th ...
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