Scripture: Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Blesses Little Children

Matthew 19:13-15 (KJV) 13 Then were there brought unto Jesus little children, that He should put His hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.  14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto Me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. 15 And He laid his hands on them, and departed thence.

Mark 10:13-16 (KJV) 13 And they brought young children to Him, that He should touch them: and His disciples rebuked those that brought them.  14 But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.  15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 16 And He took them up in His arms, put His hands upon them, and blessed them.

Luke 18:15-17 (KJV) 15 And they brought unto Him also infants, that He would touch them: but when His disciples saw it, they rebuked them.  16 But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.  17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

Questions:

1. Why were little children brought to Jesus (Matthew 19:13; Mark 10:13; Luke 18:15)?

2. Who rebuked those who brought the children to Jesus (Matthew 19:13; Mark 10:13; Luke 18:15)?

3. What did Jesus tell the disciples (Matthew 19:14; Mark 10:14; Luke 18:16)?

4. What else did Jesus say (Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17)?

5. What does Mark 10:16 say Jesus did?

Answers:

1. Little children were brought to Jesus so He could put His hands on them and pray for them.

2. The disciples rebuked those who brought the children to Jesus.

3. Jesus told the disciples to allow the children to coming to Him for heaven was for them.

4. Jesus said, “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.”  Another way of saying only those who received the kingdom of God as a little child would enter in.

5. Jesus took the children up in His arms, put His hands upon them and blessed them.

HEAR the WORD

Mark 10:15 “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.”

Luke 18:17 “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above scriptures.  What does this mean to you? My Bible notes: Adults are not as trusting as little children.  To feel secure, all children need is a loving look and a gentle touch from someone who cares.  Jesus said that people should believe in Him with this kind of childlike faith.  We don’t have to understand all the mysteries of the universe.  We just need to know that God loves and can provide forgiveness for our sin.  We just need to trust God with a simple and open attitude of the heart.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 10:14 (NIV) … Jesus said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” 

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

I believe I have to love God’s Word to love God.  I believe I have to love God to live out what His Word says.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

When I hide God’s Word in my heart, I’ll have it there to share.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray the Word will touch our heart (Matthew 19:13).  Lord, I pray we will always encourage our children and other little ones to learn of You (Matthew 19:14).  Lord, I pray we all will look forward to joining You in Your kingdom (Matthew 19:14).  Lord, I ask You to bless us by touching our heart and life (Matthew 19:15).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May we be touched in a life changing way by Jesus and His Word.” <>< Dona