Readings for the Day
2 Samuel 8-9, 1 Chronicles 18-19, Maathew 21
Verses for the Day
14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. 16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,
“‘From the lips of children and infants
you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”
Jesus continues to introduce paradoxes in his teaching, especially as he confronts the religious leaders of the day. Instead of being excited about how the kingdom is coming through him to heal the blind and the lame, they try to discount what he is doing because of their pride. Then the highlight comes when the children shout in praise to Jesus, "Hosanna to the Son of David". This is a quote from Psalm 8, declaring the Jesus is the Messiah who has come to save.
While the Pharisees want Jesus to rebuke the kids, instead Jesus uplifts the children as models of true worship. You see the Pharisees thought that because they were the religious leaders they were smarter and wiser. Yet they missed Jesus the Messiah right in front of them. Whereas the children broke out in spontaneous praise because they were called by The Lord. Later Jesus will say, "that the kingdom of heaven belongs to those have the faith of little children.
So why is Jesus so fond of children? Why does he use them as a model for the right response to who He is? What can we learn from children? First, children inherently trust until they are given a reason to not trust. Second, children are not as worried about what others think of them. Finally, children are not stuck in pride relying only on their own intellect and authority but recognizing and trusting in true authority.
How do you need to be more like a child as you come to Jesus? How does your own pride or sense of self stop you from being uninhibited praise of the True Messiah? Sometimes it is the child in our midst that gets it right and we need to learn from them!!