Friday, December 14, 2012


Then little children were brought to Jesus that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked those who brought them.

But He said, Leave the children alone! Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for of such [as these] the kingdom of heaven is composed.

And He put His hands upon them, and then went His way. (Matthew 19:13-15).

Blessing little children (19:13-15)

13 Children in Jesus' day were often brought to rabbis and elders to be blessed, customarily by placing hands on them (cf. Genesis 48:14). The disciples rebuked the parents and others who were bringing their children. Why? Perhaps they were annoyed that Jesus was being delayed on his journey to Jerusalem, or they felt they were being interrupted in their important discussion. Although children in Judaism of the time were deeply cherished, they were thought in some ways to be negligible members of society: their place was to learn, to be respectful, and to listen.

14-15 Jesus did not want the little children prevented from coming to him, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to those like them. Jesus receives them because they are an excellent object lesson in the kind of humility and faith he finds acceptable (see Matthew 18:1-9). Furthermore, having just given an important lesson on the sanctity of marriage and family (Matthew 19: vv.3-12), Jesus continues this by saying something important about children.
[NIV BIBLE COMMENTARY Volume 2: New Testament].



1 comment:

  1. STILL "Praying & Hoping for a Good, Productive and Enjoyable School Year" .