By: Dennis Pierce
Scripture Reading: Mark 10:13-16; Matthew 19:13-15; Luke 18:15-17
I. What can you say about children?
A. People have said a lot about little ones.
B. Scriptures teach of the value of children and instruction for raising them.
1. Psalms 127:3; Ephesians 6:4
C. Several participants in this story.
1. Parents / Guardians (They)
I. The Parents
A. They love their children.
1. We know this because of where they are taking them.
B. They faced opposition. (Mark 10:13)
C. They knew Jesus.
II. The Disciples
A. They reacted without authority.
1. They did not consult with Jesus.
B. They had good intention.
1. Jesus is discussing a serious doctrinal question. (Mark 10:1-12)
C. They did not consider the consequences of their actions.
A. He is always aware of the necessity of compassion.
1. He is displeased / indignant. (10:14)
2. He called them to him. (Luke 18:16)
B. He revealed a requirement for entrance into the kingdom God.
C. Jesus took the children into his arms. (Mark 10:16)
IV. The Children
A. Consider the characteristics of children.
1. Dependent, Trusting, Believing, Forgiving, In awe of surroundings
The most important thing we can do for our children, is to bring them to Jesus. The most important thing we can do for ourselves is to depend on God as our children depend on us.