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What about the children?

Submitted: 11/7/2008
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Question: In respect to children, in Matthew 18:6-10 Jesus made two statements that I believe have been overlooked by mainstream Christianity. Jesus said in Mat. 18:6 c.f. Mark 9:42, Lk. 17:2 'Whosever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.' What is the basic idea Jesus is bringing across? And in verse 10 of the same Mat. 18 Jesus again says, 'Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones for I say unto you that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.' Explain this verse, especially where Jesus said, their angels in heaven behold my Father's face and the fact that he directly says that we are to TAKE HEED that we do not DESPISE them.

Answer: Here is how we see the main point of what Jesus was saying: Those who are mature are responsible to care for those who are less mature (children); those who are strong are responsible for caring for those who are weaker (children). Therefore, if someone who is in a place of responsbility betrays the weaker one and causes harm, God will consider this a serious offense. He is personally taking account of how the weak and immature are being cared for (their angels report directly to Him). Proverbs 14:31 says, 'He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker.'