“and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
-Jesus teaches about the kingdom of heaven which requires one to be converted/ changed to enter. In the beatitudes Jesus says that the kingdom of heaven belongs to those who are poor in spirit. A poor spirit is teachable, meek & yearns for instructions from the Holy Spirit. Like a little child who is innocent, humble & only receives from the parents, we are called to humble ourselves in our association with God & one another so that we may become His true witnesses in receiving & sharing truth, making peace, enhancing reconciliation & extending love & joy to others through His grace.
-Children in Hebrew is written as yalad which means lad, seed or offspring. This word has a multitude of meanings in Scripture. Jesus was called a child at birth (Mat 2:11), Benjamin at around thirty years ( Gen 44:20), Solomon called himself a little child (1 Kings 3:7 ) etc. Descendants of man representing certain groups were called children i.e. children of Edom, Moab, Israel etc. Figuratively those who are ignorant are called children (1 Cor 14:20 ) & the humble ( Mat 19:13-15). Believers are called children of light (Luke 16:8), children of obedience ( 1 Peter 1:14 ) & children of God (Gal 3:26).
-God spoke to Abraham in a vision assuring him that He was his shield & great reward even in his childless situation & contemplated leaving his inheritance to Eliezer his servant. God then took Abraham outside & promised him many descendants like the stars of the sky & he trusted in God, & it was accounted to him for righteousness (Gen 15:2-3). We know that righteousness only comes through Christ, so Abraham believed in the coming of Christ through his seed & was made righteous (John 8:56). With Eliezer Abraham’s servant inheriting his estate, the world would remain Christ-less, without faith & no one would be able to inherit His kingdom. The scripture foresaw & announced to Abraham in advance that God would justify the Gentiles through faith & all nations were blessed through him. Therefore, those who have faith are children of God through Abraham’s seed & are blessed together with Abraham the man of faith (Gal 3:7-9). We are thus the seed of Abraham & justified through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus tells us to be His imitators as His dear children & to walk in love, for He loved us & gave Himself for us, as a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. He cautions us against fornication, uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, coarse jesting, which are associated with children of the devil according to 1 John 3:9-10, & not fitting for saints, but rather give thanks always (Eph 5:1-4). We are also called to present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy & acceptable to God which is reasonable service & be renewed in the mind to follow His will as His children (Rom 12:1-2). The decision to follow our Father as His children is more personal than corporate & He renews us daily, that we may walk in love just as He loves us with an everlasting love. King David reveals that since his childhood he has neither seen the righteous forsaken nor their seed begging bread, they give freely & receive Gods’ blessings (Ps 37:25-26). Jesus tells us never to worry about our lives, about what we will eat, what we will wear, for we are more valuable than sparrows which our Father in heaven feeds, because by worrying we cannot add anything from our stature (Mat 6:25-27). May the Lord help us to walk in His precepts, give cheerfully to the needy & remain steadfast in faith. He is a promise keeping God & keeps His promise in our lives & our descendants, by providing for our daily needs, protects us, gives us peace, good health, direction of purpose & many other blessings as Abraham’s seed through grace.
Thank You Jehovah Jireh for all You have done unto us through out the week. Thank You for the good health, provision, strength, wisdom, care, blessings, support & all the things You have done unto us & our families. We place all our cares, burdens, needs & those of our families unto You Father for You care & love us. Increase in us the fruit of humility that we may find that which You want to show us Lord at everything moment of our lives. Help to be reconciled with those who wrong us through Your grace that peace, love & unity may prevail in our lives, families & nation. All wisdom & strength belongs to You Lord. Amen
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