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 Luke 18

Key Idea: Blessing the Children is for us all!

Summary: Hey all,

I am jotting this off as Lance and I get ready to head for the Fair. Wee!! It’s been a few years since we’ve gone, so I am looking forward to some yummies, browsing new thing-a-majiggies and taking in a show or two.

Last week, we looked at Luke 18:15-16.

This is the account where the children are brought to Jesus so that He might touch them. The disciples rebuked those who were bringing the children. But Jesus calls for the children, and says, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."

We took some time to look at what the Bible says about children. How encouraging to see that children are seen as a gift from the LORD.

Jacob said to Esau, when he asked, “who are these with you?” Jacob answered, these are the children that God has graciously given to me.

Joseph said to Jacob, when he brought his sons to Jacob to bless them…”These are my sons whom God has given to me…”

Psalm 27:3-5 states that “Children are a gift from the LORD; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them…”

We also spent some time in Psalm 139. Love that chapter!!!

Here we see that children are fearfully and wonderfully made by the hand of God while still hidden in the secret of the womb. God sees them and knows them even when their substance is yet unformed and in His book their days are written even before they are born.

This particularly ministered to me as my daughter had a miscarriage this summer. Even when the substance was not yet formed…God had His eyes on him or her!

When David ponders this thought and says, “How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.” David is overwhelmed by God’s intimate knowledge of him.

It was interesting to note that in verse 6, David describes God’s presence enclosing all around him and His hand of upon him. Wow!!!!!! Here we see God’s hand of blessing on David.

All throughout the OT we see the fathers laying their hands of blessing on their children. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We also see Grandfather Jacob laying his hand of blessing on his grandchildren when Joseph brings his sons to him for blessing.

No wonder, the parents wanted to bring their children to Jesus. Most likely they wanted Jesus to lay hands on them and bless them as was the Jewish custom.

Remember Jesus did not have children, and yet, He gives us an example of blessing the children!!! Blessing the children is for us all…whether we bless our own children or bless the children of others.

We looked at Judges 2 and Psalms 78:5-7 and discussed our responsibility to pass on the faith to the next generation.

Lastly, we discussed various ways to “bless” our children. Trish mentioned the importance of helping our children see God’s hand in the daily stuff of life, then praying that when they get older they will put their trust in Him and see it for themselves.

A good book to read on this topic is “The Blessing” by John Trent. In this book, he explores the importance of praying a blessing over our children and reminding them that they are wonderfully made by an awesome God who loves them and longs to bless them.

Have a good weekend. Now...off to the Fair. Wahoo!!!

Bobbie

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