Matthew Lesson 20 Day 4

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Matthew Lesson 20 Day 4

Matthew 19:13-15

Jesus blesses little children.

11. a. The children were brought to Jesus so that He might lay hands on them and pray. Luke 18:15-17 says they were babies/infants. I wonder if their mothers later told them about the man called Jesus who blessed them. I would love to know what lasting impact His blessing had on their lives.

From Pulpit Commentary— “It was a custom to take infants to the synagogues, that they might receive the prayers and blessings of the rabbis, or holy men. For this reason they were brought to Christ as a holy and revered Teacher. That he should put his hands on them, and pray. The laying on of hands was symbolical of blessing (see Genesis 48:14Numbers 27:23).”

b.  The disciples may have thought it was beneath Christ’s dignity or perhaps didn’t see any real purpose in it. 

“Jesus was the kind of man that children liked, and children are often astute judges of character.”1

“He did not baptize them, but he did bless them.” (Spurgeon)

I think we often fail to realize a child’s sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. They may not have the vocabulary to articulate it, but most have a sense of right and wrong even as toddlers.

One day when my oldest son was six or seven, he told one of the children’s church leaders that Jesus was so big inside of him that it felt like His feet were sticking out.

I’ve seen it assumed in some circles that children can’t comprehend enough to be saved until the age of 12, sometimes called “the age of accountability”. When I took my younger son, age 7, to meet with a pastor about water baptism, the pastor tried to talk him into waiting until he was older. My son ignored that suggestion and asked, “How about tonight?” Thankfully, the pastor was satisfied with that response.


RESOURCES

1 EnduringWord.com used by written permission.
2 AWM Living Commentary used by written permission.
3 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations from *The ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
4 Strong’s Concordance, public domain.
5 *Spirit Filled Life Bible®copyright © 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (The Holy Bible, New King James Bible) copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
6 Ellicott’s Commentary, public domain.
7 Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, public domain.
8 The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

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