{"devotional":{"title":"Nov 21 Let the children come","content":"

\"2\"<\/a>Mark 10:14 \"But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them,'<\/i>Let<\/b> the little children come<\/span>*~<\/span><\/span><\/span> <\/span><\/b><\/i>to me and <\/span>do not try to stop<\/span>~|<\/span><\/span><\/span> <\/span><\/b>the<\/span>m<\/i>, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.'\"<\/i><\/p>\r\nTo understand a person, it is important to know his likes and dislikes. In Mark 10:14, Jesus is said to be \u201cindignant\u201d<\/i> (meaning to \u201carouse to anger, [be] grieved\u201d). By now, the disciples should have known Jesus\u2019s attitude toward those who wanted to know Him. His response reveals His values, His compassion, and His annoyance with their offensive, elitist attitude.

A mute child possessed by a demon was brought to Jesus because his disciples could not cast out the demon. Jesus\u2019s response revealed another value: \u201cO faithless generation,<\/i> how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me<\/i>\u201d (Mark 9:19). Unwillingness to exercise faith to aid a helpless soul was intolerable!

In our text, Jesus gave a sharp double command. First, He said, \u201cImmediately<\/i> start letting the little children come to me<\/i>.\u201d The Greek word for children<\/i> (paidion<\/i>) has a range of meanings, from \u201cinfant\u201d to \u201cteenager,\u201d but the command implies that they were old enough to come to Jesus if not prohibited, and they consciously desired to know Him.

There is no presumption that all children are automatically part of the kingdom, but those who desire to come to Jesus will be warmly welcomed. Second, the disciples were commanded, \u201cStop trying to hinder them<\/i>.\u201d Christianity is not just for adults. Anyone who understands God\u2019s truth is a candidate for Christ\u2019s salvation. A child can understand quite early.

The phrase \u201csuch as these\u201d<\/i> refers to all who have childlike characteristics, such as helplessness, insignificance, dependency, and a willingness to trust Jesus\u2019s authority. In fact, the next verse declares that everyone who desires to be saved must come with these childlike characteristics.

Were the disciples still thinking that they were important people, working hard to be worthy or good enough for salvation? Was this why Jesus was angry? They still did not understand the simplicity of the gospel that even a child can understand. How important are children in your life\u2019s mission?

\u201cDear Lord, may we never hinder in any way a child coming to You. It is Your Spirit who leads another to faith in Your saving grace, regardless of his age.\u201d<\/i>"}}