102 The value of children is stressed.

Matthew 19:13–15; Mark 10:13–16; Luke 18:15–17

Why did parents want Jesus to lay his hands on their children and pray (Mark 10:13)?

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Why did the disciples think the parent’s behavior was improper (Mark 10:13)?

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What do children and those in the Kingdom of God have in common (Mark 10:14–15)?

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What did Jesus say and do when he “blessed” the children (Mark 10:16)?

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Parents brought their infants and children so Jesus could lay his hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.

Eyewitness

Matthew 19:13 Parents brought their children so Jesus could lay his hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.
Mark 10:13 Parents brought their children so Jesus could lay his hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.
Luke 18:15 Parents brought their infants so Jesus could touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.
King James

Matthew 19:13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
Mark 10:13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
Luke 18:15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.

Jesus was upset when he saw what they were doing. “Don’t stop them,” he said. “Allow the little ones to come to me. Of such is the Kingdom of God. Without exception, I tell you, those who do not accept the Kingdom like a young child cannot enter.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 19:14 “Don’t stop them,” he said. “Allow the little ones to come to me. Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Mark 10:14–15 Jesus was upset when he saw what they were doing. “Don’t stop them,” he said. “Allow the little ones to come to me. Of such is the Kingdom of God. Without exception, I tell you, those who do not accept the Kingdom of God like a young child cannot enter.”
Luke 18:16–17 “Don’t stop them,” Jesus said. “Allow the little ones to come to me. Of such is the Kingdom of God. Without exception, I tell you, those who do not accept the Kingdom of God like a young child cannot enter.”
King James

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Mark 10:14–15 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
Luke 18:16–17 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

So he took the children into his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them before he left.

Eyewitness

Matthew 19:15 So he laid his hands on them and blessed them before he left.
Mark 10:16 Then he took the children into his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
King James

Matthew 19:15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.
Mark 10:16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.