Children: An Example For Adults (Parents)
January 22, 2012
Introduction: The children's song, "Jesus Loves The Little Children" is based on clear biblical teaching. Matthew, Mark, and Luke attest to this truth on the passion of Christ.
In this passage, and its companion text, Matthew 18:1-5, Jesus spoke of adults entering into the Kingdom of God (Heaven) and used the attitude of little children as an example of what's required for kingdom citizenship.
I've thought for some time that we have confused the attitude required for "Kingdom Entrance." We believe children should come like adults, however, Jesus calls adults to come like children.
I. THE EXAMPLE OF COMPASSION.
The disciples presumed to determine who could and could not approach Jesus. The parents of these children wanted Jesus to touch them and bless them, and He was more than willing to accommodate that desire.
Mark, Luke, and Matthew refer to the bringing of the children which indicates a continuing process, and likely for an extended period of time. Word has gotten out of Jesus' love, care, and compassion for children.
In Matthew 17:18 Jesus healed a little boy
In Matthew 18:2-3 Jesus called a child to Himself
In Luke 18:15 they brought babies to Him.
"Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them."
"disciples rebuked them" - resented the intrusion into their private time with Jesus. Word carries the idea of threatening. Even though the disciples had spent two years with Jesus, hearing and observing Him, they did not yet fully share His mind and heart.
The Jewish Talumd taught Jewish parents to bring their children to respected rabbis for blessings and prayer.
TESTIMONY: Janet and I took Deanna/Hollie to be prayed for and blessed.
We have attempted to take Eph 6:4 seriously.
"And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the ...
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