Mark 10 Lesson

Children and the Kingdom of God

For today’s lesson, we will look at the following scripture:

“And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them.  But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”  And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.” – Mark 10:13-16.

When Jesus says, “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all,” He is referring to the special characteristics that children have. This is not a suggestion, this is a commandment.  Jesus says that we cannot get to heaven unless we receive the kingdom of God like a child.  

CHARACTERISTICS OF CHILDREN

  • Innocent.
  • Curious.
  • Obedient.
  • Hopeful.
  • Accepting.
  • Eager to learn.
  • Active.

Jesus is telling us to possess these characteristics in our own lives – even when we become adults.

We will now look at these  characteristics one at a time in more detail along with corresponding scriptures:

  • Being Innocent: By the time we become adults, we have seen plenty of bad things in the world. “Being innocent” means that we continue to have hope and belief in the good of people.  "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,  but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written: 'You shall be holy, for I am holy.'” - 1 Peter 1:14. 
  • Being Curious: Children are often in classrooms or studying on their own. It is a part of their day to day lives. As we mature God wants us to continue our learning, but He wants us to shift our focus to things eternal as opposed to the things of this world.  "The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness." -  Proverbs 15:14.
  • Being Obedient: We are to continue studying the Bible to better understand what God’s commandments are. Choosing carefully who we spend our time with can make it easier to be obedient to God’s commandments.  “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” - John 14:15.
  • Being Hopeful: "For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11. “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” - Lamentations 3:21-23.   "Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer."  - Romans 12:12.
  • Being Accepting: We are all created in God’s own image. – Genesis 1:27. God wants us to love one another and to obey the Golden Rule, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” – Mathew 7:12.
  • Being Eager to Learn: If we are eager to learn about God, we will study the Bible more often, and stay in it longer each time we study.  "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." - 2 Timothy 2:15.
  • Being Active: We are to be doers of the word - James 1:22.  “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,  and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?  Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”  - James 2:14-26.  

Jesus values children and the special characteristics that they possess. The more we incorporate these characteristics into our own lives the more pleasing we are to God and Jesus.

We will conclude today's study where we began, with the following scripture:

“And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them.  But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”  And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.” – Mark 10:13-16.

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Michael

I can be more active. Not in studying God's word, but in seeking ways to apply it. There are challenges with the pandemic, but the opportunities to show God's love through our actions is still plentiful.

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jmack3388

Being curious like little children is a great way to get to know people. Taking the time to learn about other people, and to listen to them, brings us all closer together.

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