“Thus says the Lord: “A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.” Thus says the Lord: “refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope in your future, says the Lord, that your children shall come back to their own border” (Jeremiah 31:15-17).
The Lord, in the above verses, gives hope to the mothers of the babies that were killed by Herod. While this passage refers to the return of the exiles from captivity, it also refers to that time of the Resurrection from the dead, the time of the “restitution of all things” at the second coming of Christ (Acts 3:21). This promise can also inspire hope and comfort to any modern Rachel in Israel, that if she is faithful to the Lord, that her little children, who have been attacked by death, will come to life on resurrection morning.
The Bible teaches that children before the age of accountability are sanctified by their believing parents “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy” (1 Corinthians 7:14). Parents need to dedicate their children to the Lord and raise them in His path. The seeds they saw will have eternal consequence in the lives of their children. But when children grow and are able to make their own decisions, they will be judged according to their own choices.
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