BRINGING OUR CHILDREN TO
THE LORD (Mk.10:13-16) (II)
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
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 –
• 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
divorce (children are the fruit of
marriage). One (Luke) precedes
it w. a parable: Pharisee and
publican. Unlike the Pharisee,
children are humble.
– 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
– Simply avoid hindrances to – spiritual growth.
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
– 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
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field a small window of opportunity
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
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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.