Children of the Kingdom
Matthew 19:13-15
Central Idea:   "The kingdom belongs to those like little children.
Published June 1st, 2012
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2009-06-20 21:49:38
2009-07-01 14:30:07
Central Idea: "The kingdom belongs to those like little children." Summary: The people desired for Jesus to lay hands on their children and pray. Jesus was in agreement with their motives and did as they requested. However, the disciples did not grasp its value, doing the opposite by rebuking and hindering them. Jesus rebuked their hindrance with the key statement, "To such belongs the kingdom of heaven." Implications: Jesus says there is a notable similarity between children and those in the kingdom. Two implications are: 1) children seeking God's favour are pleasing to Him and therefore should be encouraged, and 2) believers should be demonstrating certain characteristics of children (cf. Mt 18:3-4). 1. Children seeking God's favour are pleasing to Him and therefore should be encouraged. Currently, I think I'm more like the disciples than Jesus. I need to see children the way He sees them - as specially displaying characteristics like those in the kingdom, and, therefore, as pleasing to God in seeking His favour and to be encouraged to go to Him. 2. Believers should be demonstrating certain characteristics of children. This is likely more profound than I understand, but only three initial thoughts occurred to me. Humble: This strikes me as a significant and biblically supportable example, "Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" Jn 18:4 (see Cross References below for others). Foolish/weak: God chose what is foolish/weak in the world to shame the wise/strong (1 Cor 1:27); see also Mt 11:25 where God hides from the wise and reveals to children. The context seems to support these two, since coming to someone for blessing usually demonstrates need and humility. "Child-like Faith": An oft-repeated idea in Christian circles though I can't seem to find it in the Bible. Anyhow, I can easily see how children exhibit these characteristics better than most adults, who grow up proud, desiring to be strong and wise, and how believers should be more like children in these ways. Application: I need to imitate children in approaching God (lowly, in need), and I need to imitate God towards children who are seeking His favour (welcoming and blessing). Cross References Parallel passages: Mk 10:13-16; Lk 18:15-17 Mt 18:1-4 "At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, 'Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'" Mt 23:11-12 "The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." Mk 10:15 "Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of heaven like a child shall not enter it." Mt 11:25 "At that time Jesus declared, 'I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;'" Other Notes Greek in passage and cross references indicate "children" are young children and infants. Reasons for bringing children to Jesus may be for blessing, strengthening, or their knowledge of God. There is no comment on whether the children are believers. Since the kingdom belongs to "such as these", the kingdom might well already belong to some of them, implying that some may be believers. Children "come to Jesus" not only for salvation but also ongoing fellowship with their God. In support, the cross references above indicate that childlikeness is needed both to enter the kingdom as well as to be great within it (Mt 18:1-4).
10000000009531 9531 Notes 2009-06-20 21:49:38 2009-07-01 14:30:07 Central Idea: "The kingdom belongs to those like little children." Summary: The people desired for Jesus to lay hands on their children and pray. Jesus was in agreement with their motives and did as they requested. However, the disciples did not grasp its value, doing the opposite by rebuking and hindering them. Jesus rebuked their hindrance with the key statement, "To such belongs the kingdom of heaven." Implications: Jesus says there is a notable similarity between children and those in the kingdom. Two implications are: 1) children seeking God's favour are pleasing to Him and therefore should be encouraged, and 2) believers should be demonstrating certain characteristics of children (cf. Mt 18:3-4). 1. Children seeking God's favour are pleasing to Him and therefore should be encouraged. Currently, I think I'm more like the disciples than Jesus. I need to see children the way He sees them - as specially displaying characteristics like those in the kingdom, and, therefore, as pleasing to God in seeking His favour and to be encouraged to go to Him. 2. Believers should be demonstrating certain characteristics of children. This is likely more profound than I understand, but only three initial thoughts occurred to me. Humble: This strikes me as a significant and biblically supportable example, "Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" Jn 18:4 (see Cross References below for others). Foolish/weak: God chose what is foolish/weak in the world to shame the wise/strong (1 Cor 1:27); see also Mt 11:25 where God hides from the wise and reveals to children. The context seems to support these two, since coming to someone for blessing usually demonstrates need and humility. "Child-like Faith": An oft-repeated idea in Christian circles though I can't seem to find it in the Bible. Anyhow, I can easily see how children exhibit these characteristics better than most adults, who grow up proud, desiring to be strong and wise, and how believers should be more like children in these ways. Application: I need to imitate children in approaching God (lowly, in need), and I need to imitate God towards children who are seeking His favour (welcoming and blessing). Cross References Parallel passages: Mk 10:13-16; Lk 18:15-17 Mt 18:1-4 "At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, 'Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'" Mt 23:11-12 "The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." Mk 10:15 "Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of heaven like a child shall not enter it." Mt 11:25 "At that time Jesus declared, 'I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;'" Other Notes Greek in passage and cross references indicate "children" are young children and infants. Reasons for bringing children to Jesus may be for blessing, strengthening, or their knowledge of God. There is no comment on whether the children are believers. Since the kingdom belongs to "such as these", the kingdom might well already belong to some of them, implying that some may be believers. Children "come to Jesus" not only for salvation but also ongoing fellowship with their God. In support, the cross references above indicate that childlikeness is needed both to enter the kingdom as well as to be great within it (Mt 18:1-4). notes
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Τότε προσηνέχθησαν αὐτῷ παιδία,
Then children were brought to him
ἵνα τὰς χεῖρας ἐπιθῇ αὐτοῖς καὶ προσεύξηται·
that he might lay his hands on them and pray.
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οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ ἐπετίμησαν αὐτοῖς.
The disciples rebuked the people,
ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· ἄφετε τὰ παιδία
but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me
καὶ μὴ κωλύετε αὐτὰ ἐλθεῖν πρός ἐμέ·
and do not hinder them,
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τῶν γὰρ τοιούτων ἐστὶν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.
for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven."
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καὶ ἐπιθεὶς τὰς χεῖρας αὐτοῖς ἐπορεύθη ἐκεῖθεν.
And he laid his hands on them and went away.
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10000000009531 9531 Arc 2009-06-20 21:49:38 2009-07-01 14:30:07 editing Matthew 19 13 19 15 Matthew 19:13-15 40 NT tisch esv i249969 i249970 i249962 Τότε προσηνέχθησαν αὐτῷ παιδία, Then children were brought to him i249963 ἵνα τὰς χεῖρας ἐπιθῇ αὐτοῖς καὶ προσεύξηται· that he might lay his hands on them and pray. actionpurpose 2 i249971 i249964 οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ ἐπετίμησαν αὐτοῖς. The disciples rebuked the people, i249972 i249973 i249974 i249965 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· ἄφετε τὰ παιδία but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me i249966 καὶ μὴ κωλύετε αὐτὰ ἐλθεῖν πρός ἐμέ· and do not hinder them, negativepositive 2 1 i249967 τῶν γὰρ τοιούτων ἐστὶν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν. for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." ground 1 i249968 καὶ ἐπιθεὶς τὰς χεῖρας αὐτοῖς ἐπορεύθη ἐκεῖθεν. And he laid his hands on them and went away. series alternative situationresponse 2 1 1 1 tisch 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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