Lesson Scriptures: Mark 10:12-22
Key Lesson Theme: “Our Commitment to Christ”
Today's Lesson: Tuesday, October 20
13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.
14 When Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
16 After taking them in his arms, he laid his hands on them and blessed them.
Even if the disciples minimized the value of the children being brought to Jesus, He clearly did not. Not only were they valued by Jesus as the children they were—after all, He saw worth in every life—they served as an object lesson for what any person must be if he or she were to become a citizen of His kingdom. In contrast to His sharp tone to the disciples, we can imagine Jesus’ demeanor toward the children was magnetic. It is not a stretch to think of Him smiling, be playful, embracing the children; thus, putting them and their parents at ease.
Commenting on this concept of children modeling what is expected of those who would enter the kingdom of God, Hobbs notes, “This opens up a vast area as to kingdom qualities: trust, humility, obedience, a forgiving spirit … a child is helpless and dependent. So must one be who would enter the kingdom of God. Helpless to save himself, he must depend entirely on the Lord. He is saved by grace though faith in Jesus Christ.”1 Those who are unwilling to come in like manner cannot receive the blessedness that God has to offer.
Verse 16 reminds us the children were more than just an object lesson. Jesus turned His attention to them. He took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. What a tender, beautiful, and loving scene. One the parents, children, and disciples would never forget.
What are some lasting truths from Mark 10:13-16?
>Parents have a responsibility to bring their children to Jesus.
>Jesus loves the little children.
>Children are apt illustrations of the attitude required for any person who would enter the kingdom of God.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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