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Matthew 19:13-15: Jesus Blesses the Children

Posted by Ez1 Realty on May 18, 2012


Matthew 19:13-15 MKJV Then little children were brought to Him, that He should put His hands on them and pray. And the disciples rebuked them. (14) But Jesus said, Allow the little children to come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of Heaven. (15) And He laid His hands on them, and departed from there.

 

The disciples looked at a number of mothers with children gathering in ever increasing numbers. They desperately wanted Jesus to bless their children. Some of the mothers wanted Jesus to make their sons warriors to lead Judah against Rome, others thought a blessing would guarantee their children a place in Jesus’ Kingdom. A few wanted their children to grow up like Jesus, to teach and heal others.

Soon a few of the mothers began to break from the group and head toward Jesus. The others followed close behind. A group of disciples thought the children would interrupt Jesus’ teaching. They moved in between Jesus and the group of mothers and children. “Can’t you see the Master is busy? The children will interfere with His lesson.” The mothers remained speechless, looking down at the ground wondering what to do next.

Seeing the anguish in the eyes of the mothers, and the excitement on the faces of the children, Jesus calmly said, “Allow the little children to come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

The disciples stopped. They had heard those words before, “such is the kingdom of Heaven.” They knew what it meant. They knew this was another example Jesus was giving them to teach a lesson. How do children represent the Kingdom of Heaven?

The disciples watched closely and listened as Jesus laid His hands on one child after another. Boys and girls alike expressed their love for the Lord. Many exclaimed, “I want to be just like you!” It did not take long for the disciples to notice, none of them added, when I grow up. This made them think of the lessons Jesus had taught, using children as examples. Once again the texts they had once considered came back to their memories. There was a reason Jesus kept repeating this lesson.

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