Matthew 19:13-15 Little Children Are Covenantally Blessed.

Matthew 19:13-15 Little Children Are Covenantally Blessed.

By blessing the little children before him, Jesus was stating in no uncertain terms that they were included in the covenant. When the disciples asked who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus called a little child to him and said, “unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (18:3-4). The adjective ‘little’ is very important. We must all have the humility of a little child, those who realize their utter dependence on God for their salvation. Parents or guardians brought these little ones to Jesus in faith, not because they were sick, but because they wanted his covenantal blessing upon them, to put his hands on them and to pray for them (v. 13). Therefore, woe to those who would bar little ones from all the blessings of the covenant. As Jesus stated earlier. Any who would cause one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better if a millstone were tied around their neck and they were drowned in the depths of the sea (18:6).

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