Protecting The Children

Matthew 18:1-6 is our reading for today,

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"  Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 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.  Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.  But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea."

This is a powerful truth God desires you and me to understand.  He takes very seriously the protection and nurture of children.

First, it is important to understand that the word sin in this verse means to entrap.  It means to set a snare for someone.  Jesus was talking about someone who purposely entices an innocent child to do wrong.

Second, the millstone He refers to was about five feet across and would take an ox or a donkey to turn it.  Get the picture?!  Better for that millstone to be tied around a person's neck and to drown in the depths of the deepest sea than to entice a child to do wrong. 

The exploitation or abuse of children is not overlooked or taken lightly by God.  We read in Scripture that some sins incur a worse judgment from the Almighty.  Causing children to sin is one of the worst.  Never take their exploitation lightly.

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