It irks me a lot when I see adults despise children. What does the Bible say about little children?

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Speaker 2

Alright.

Speaker 1

So Daniel is asking, what does the Bible say about little children? There are some adults in the world that despise children and it irks me greatly. Jesus loves the little children, but there are adults in this world who hate kids. I’m a young adult, but I could never hate children and I will never forget what it was like to be a kid myself. Would you?

Speaker 2

Wow. Yeah. That’s kind of a sad thought to think that there are people in the world that don’t love something as beautiful and precious as a child, but that’s just kind of sadly the world we live in. As far as what the Bible says about children, I think Jesus, obviously he’s always the best example of God’s heart towards anything. And so I want to share something with you from the book of Mark, chapter ten. And it begins in verse 13. So Mark, chapter ten, verses 13 to 15. And the Bible there reads, if you want to read it, it says, then they brought little children to him, him being Jesus, that he might touch them. Basically they wanted him to put his hands on him, to pray for him. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. So Jesus’disciples thought, oh, Jesus can’t be bothered with this. And they were trying to shoot these children away. But you keep reading in verse 14 and it says, but when Jesus saw he was greatly displeased and I thought that was very interesting. It says, Jesus was greatly displeased and said to them, Let the little children come to me and do not forbid them, for of such is the Kingdom of God.

Speaker 2

And then verse 15 reads, Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it. And so here you see a beautiful example of Jesus where he is welcoming the little children and he gives an object lesson with them because they’re valuable. There’s something important about childhood. And the wonderful and beautiful thing about childhood is just that dependence and that growth, that time to develop into the person you’re meant to be. And the thing is, just like us when we were children, how we depend on our parents and we look to them for an example, we look to them to provide for us, to protect us. The same it is with God, but in a more perfect way that God is our Father. We’re kind of always children in a sense, because God is always going to be our Father in heaven and he’s infinitely more wise and loving and perfect than we’ll ever be. But the thing with God, our Father, is that we look to him for our protection, to provide for us to be our example. And the thing with Jesus is saying here, as far as you have to become as a little child to enter the Kingdom of heaven is you kind of have to have that humble, teachable spirit.

Speaker 2

Just like a child has that innocence, that purity, and just that desire to learn and to grow and to develop into something greater and greater. And so should our relationship with God be. And I think if you’re not liking kids just because maybe they’re a hassle or they cry, the things that maybe some people might find irritating about kids, I think that’s kind of sad to put all that blessing aside when children are a humongous blessing from God. And one last verse I want to show, just to reiterate that God sees children as very precious, very special, and Jesus loves the little children. Just like the song says, Jesus wanted the kids around because he wanted them to get in their mind at a young age that he loved them. God loves them and stuff as a kid sticks with you more, I think, than any other time in your life. And so the last verse I want to share with you or verses it’s found in Psalms 127 and verses two through five. And so if you go there in the Bible, Psalms 127 versus two through five. And I claim this because I just recently became a mom, and I know my baby cries and does things like change diapers that are not fun, but nothing compares to the joy and the love that I have for my child.

Speaker 2

And I think that’s how it’s supposed to be. I think it teaches you something about God. We might feel like, oh, we can’t come to God because we have the mess. But just like, I don’t care if my baby’s messy. I love my baby. I just want to clean her up and hug her and love her. And I think that’s the same way God feels about us as his children. So go with me again. Psalms 127, verses two through five. And it reads, It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late. Oh, whoops go to the next verse. This is a good verse, but go to verse three. I apologize. It says the whole children are a heritage from the Lord. The fruit of the womb is a reward. So God says that children are a heritage. There’s something, a gift that God is giving you. Children are a gift to you. And if you go into read verses four and five, God goes on to say, like arrows in the hands of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. So just like, basically, if you’re going into war, you need arrows.

Speaker 2

Those are very important for your protection and just for you to stay alive. And so God is saying that children are like arrows in your quiver. They are essential part of your Christian walk, in your Christian warfare, that having a child actually trains you and develops your character in a way that nothing else in this world really does. And if you read in verse five, there’s a blessing. It’s as happy as the man who has his quiver full of them. They shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate. So basically, the children are a source of pride. They are a source of joy. And I just think the Bible has so many beautiful things to say about children. And I think really the object lesson of us becoming like little children is so huge because we have to remember that in the eyes of God, we are all his children and God loves us all the same. And just as a little child, look to their parents for essentially everything they need in life, so we can look to God as our father, God in heaven. And I think children teach us those wonderful lessons.

Speaker 3

So that was beautiful. And I don’t have really anything add to it other than I really love what you said, but we have a father in heaven, and I think that’s going to be the theme for today. And those of us who do this show every week, we’ve noticed there’s always like a theme each week. And it’s just amazing how God just brings these questions together. And that’s this day’s theme. We have a father in heaven. He’s our Holy parent, and we’re like his children. And I think we’re going to see that playing out now in the next three questions.

Speaker 2

That’s awesome.

Speaker 1

I also wanted to add to that a lot of people were not treated well as children themselves. And so oftentimes what we see when someone doesn’t treat a child well because they were not treated well as a child and someone treated them as a nuisance or a problem. And so then that’s how they learn to respond to others. And that’s the effect of sin. Unfortunately, that’s the reality of the sinful world we live in. But that’s not what God wants. Jesus has suffered the little children to come unto me, so he wants the children to come, and he wants us to receive children. But when someone wasn’t raised with that themselves, it’s very hard for them to learn how to do that. And so it’s important for us to have compassion and see them through God’s eyes as well. We are all children.

Speaker 2

Amen I 100% agree with you. And just to add to that, too, I think I’m sure there’s yours out there who maybe they’re like, if God is anything like my father or my mother, I don’t want anything to do with them because I know, like you’re saying there’s definitely some terrible things that have happened, but I just thank God because trust me, I understand I come from a broken home. I understand there’s definitely some things that happened I wish didn’t. But something that was so healing for me was when I realized God was my father and he was the perfect father. He was everything that was lacking in my childhood or that I didn’t get from my parents in some way or another. God filled in those gaps and gave me that security and that joy that nothing else in this world could really do. And so I just think that’s another wonderful beautiful aspect of God as our father, like you’re saying in heaven is that he perfects things, he salvages things, he makes things wrong even though we’ve messed up, even though we live in a world of sin where others have messed up and hurt us.

Speaker 2

God is a great healer and can make all things new. Amen.

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