Bible Study: Let the Children Come

 

Text:  Matthew 19:13-15

What kind of blessing do you think the parents were wishing for by having Jesus prayerfully lay His hands on them? Would that same blessing be asked for by most people in today’s society? Why or why not?

Why do you think the disciples tried to keep the children away from Jesus? How did they see their actions as serving Jesus’ interests? 

Jesus’ command to “let the little children come to me” reveals several truths, what are they?

How is reaching out to children like reaching out to the socially outcast, ostracized and/or underprivileged, the common people, slaves, the poor, and women?

What point is Jesus making by inviting the children to come freely?

*Interesting note* The word βρεφη Is best translated very young infants, or babies. This was a typical rabbinical practice for babies that had nothing to do with salvation.

Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these,” What did He mean? Matthew 18:3-4; Luke 10:21; Galatians 4:18-20; 1 John 4:4

Matthew’s account does not include the comments about “receiving” the kingdom of God like a little child. Why do you think its missing? In what way does it add to the message?

What childlike attributes would be most beneficial in our walk with Christ?  

Where have we seen this kind of attitude in an adult in Scripture? Luke 18:11-14

How do these verses add to the conversation regarding children in Jesus’ day? 1 Corinthians 3:1, 13:11, 14:20; Galatians 4:1, 3; Ephesians 4:14; Hebrews 5:13; 1 Peter 2:1-2  

Is this a different attitude then the Old Testament view? Proverbs 22:15, 29:15 If so, How?

 Do you think Jesus had other goals in mind by letting the children come to Him, other than blessing them? What might they be?

Jesus is giving us an important clue as how we are to enter the kingdom. What must we rid ourselves of in our journey towards the kingdom?

How do we become selfless and humble, like a child? How do we become powerless?

What are we to learn from this incident?

How can we begin to make sure that the naïve innocence of our children doesn’t get lost in their relationship with Christ?

(Note:  Bible study materials are gathered from various resources, i.e. Bible.org)

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