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BRINGING OUR CHILDREN TO THE LORD (Mk.10:13-16) (II) (1988) Athens, I would lift up my voice and proclaim, ‘Fellow citizens, why do you turn and scrape every stone to gather wealth, and take so little care of your children, to whom one day you must relinquish it all?’” house w. a well-kept yard, clean windows, swept floors, etc., but the foundation is a hollow shell, eaten up w. termites. This is a picture of some people. Appl. – street after another, but nothing fulfilled his needs until he discovered the foundation of life (Ec.12:13-14). wrong things (Mt.6:25-34), nothing satisfied the longings of their heart; they built on sand, not on the unshakeable kingdom of God and His righteousness (v.33)! Parents make sure their children get a good education, musical instruction, and play every sport in • 1) Paul’sbook, Ep.5:22-6:4, lack the the order: but they first the husband-wife, then the parent-child can foundation that God alone relationship. God – Christian – Family – Nation. provide. • 2) Americans spend tens of thousands or even millions on luxurious houses, but the people inside are lonely, unhappy, and confused. They own so much but possess so little. • 3) “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the 3. Mk.10:13-16, they brought young children to Him. He is the foundation for the family. a. Three writers record this event (Matthew, Mark, Luke). It must be important. divorce (children are the fruit of marriage). One (Luke) precedes it w. a parable: Pharisee and publican. Unlike the Pharisee, children are humble. CONTEXT: – 13a, young children (paidi/a) little boys and girls; Lk.8:15, infants (bre/fh). Start early! – Touch (Mt.19:13, put hands on). Cf. Jacob, Gn.48. – Pray (Mt.19:13). Q: Do your children hear you pray? (They learn by example.) – 13b-15, disciples rebuked them. Did the parents interrupt a discussion? Did the disciples consider children a waste of time? Did fatigue bring out their worst? (Sounds like modern excuses!) – Jesus was greatly displeased w. His disciples. He was never too busy for children. – “Let…do not forbid them…” Instead of shooing them away, the disciples need to study them! 15, instead of the children TERMITES THAT DESTROY OUR CHILDREN’S SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION: PARENTS – Simply avoid hindrances to – spiritual growth. WHO their Mk.10:13. Some parents have wrong priorities. – A few years ago, a poll of 2000 8th graders asked who they admire and want to be like; they were to name 30 heroes. Only entertainers and sports figures made the list (not one statesman, author, musician, astronaut, etc.). Sydney Harris lamented, “A nation that does not respect and reward accomplishments in the arts and sciences, in statesmanship and public service, is weakening its moral fiber and preparing for its own collapse.” Appl. – What does these priorities say c. the future of the church? “Mothers don’t let your babies grow up to be elders…”? and reading and not require him to study the Bible is to teach him, by a forcible object lesson, that it is – Neglect. Mk.10:13, the disciples did not think much more important to be children worthy of the Master’s time. They were wrong! Today, all of in this world than qualified to live society conspires to keep them away to live in school systems; to be fittedfrom Jesus (e.g.:heaven. There worldly friends). – evading this simple truth. is noPro.22:15a, foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child… Foolishness is not just inexperience, but stubbornness. Ill.-The parenthasnow). so treats andCzech TheEuropeanthen andthatAppl.-Children also have(cf.small Republic field a small window of opportunity a window of his child is the worst impressesopportunity. to himself brings shame to his mother. – Pro.29:15b…a child left Ill.-David the Adonijah, 1 K.1:6.has. enemy thatandfather.child spell love wasHe TVking, but fell short as a Children David will a great T I M E. and this be made to feelsubstitute!!when he meets babysitters are no – Set a bad example. Mk.9:42, any bad example is a potential stumbling-block. Ill.-Several years ago, a school girl was walking home from a country high school w. several others. As a car approached, the girl ran forward to take sth. fr someone’s hand, and tripped on a small stone lying by the roadside, falling into the path of the car. Her face was badly lacerated; she was disfigured for the rest of her life. There was no way for the driver to avoid hitting her. The problem was not the driver, but a stumbling-stone. Appl. – – 2 Chr.24:7. What else could you expect from Athaliah’s sons? Pro.3:12, For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.to the » Discouraged, a)qume/w, to become disheartened extent of losing motivation, become dispirited (cf. BDAG, 25). Ill.-Father finds nothing but fault w. his children… “What’s the use?” up w. termites. Can you fix it by washing the windows and cleaning the carpet? (Rearranging chairs on deck of Titanic!) To fix the foundation will cost a lot of time and money. Appl.
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