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Don’t hinder the children!

Scripture reading for January 13th: Mark 10, Psalm 10, Proverbs 10

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

All children are special in God’s sight. He loves them and longs to bless them, but people often hinder the children from coming to Jesus! These disciples were rebuking parents who were bringing their children to Jesus. Jesus got angry with them! He insisted on the children being allowed to come to Him. When they did, He used them again as an illustration of how their simple faith and trust was what the kingdom of heaven was all about. They loved Jesus and found joy in His blessing. In fact, Jesus loves the fatherless and abused children and those who are oppressed and held back by mistreatment! He promises to stand up for them and bring justice! But His greatest desire was and is to bless abundantly!

Psalm 10:17-18 O Lord, You hear the desire of the afflicted; You will strengthen their heart; You will incline Your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your heart towards the children, particularly the fatherless, the abused, the oppressed and the abandoned. I love how You long for them to come to You. Help me to bring them to You in prayer and to see Your blessing extended to them causing joy and hope to arise and giving joy to Your heart. Forgive me for neglecting the children or hindering them. Let all barriers be removed!

Proverbs 10:28-29 “The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish. The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless, but destruction to evildoers.”

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God’s design for marriage!

Scripture reading for January 27th: Matthew 19, Psalm 18:30-42, Proverbs 5:1-6

Marriage is an institution that God created Himself with a purpose.  A marriage between a man and a woman was to provide companionship for both the man and woman throughout their lives.  God determined that it was not good for Adam to be alone and that he needed a suitable helpmate.  (Genesis 2:18-25)  Marriage was also for procreation and the raising of godly children who would know and serve God.  (Malachi 2:15-16)  God knew that this could best be done by a man and a woman in a covenant relationship.  Their love for each other and God would provide an environment that the children could learn about His love for them.

But sin entered the world through the first couple, Adam and Eve.  They decided that they could do life by being like God themselves and disobeying His one command to them.  This brought death to their relationship with God and strife to their own relationship.  Work had sweat and toil and childbirth had pain.  There was tension between them because they both wanted to be in control and God had set an order in the home.  The man was to be a priest and protector but sin marred his ability to do that right.  The result was broken families, multiple marriages, fighting and bickering and children who were not raised to fear God!  God’s heart was broken for the children that should be His and take His glory to the world!

Jesus was asked a question to trap Him concerning divorce!  “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”  “Haven’t you read,” He replied, “that God made them male and female,” and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?  So they are no longer two, but one.  Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:3-6)

God’s design was clearly stated by Jesus Christ.  He strongly advocated marriage, between a man and woman (not two men or two women!)  God joins them together and man should not separate what He has joined.   Jesus went on to teach that Moses allowed divorce because of hard hearts, not God’s design.  The only exception given where divorce was allowed was adultery.  Let’s pay attention to God’s design!

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