“It is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.” – Matthew 18:14

Readings

Isaiah 2 · Matthew 18:1-14 · Psalm 91

Sermon

In these words the Lord declares the Divine purpose with respect to little children. It is one among several passages in the Gospels which give expression to the same truth. To His disciples and to others with whom He conversed it seems to have been a new and strange doctrine that little helpless children were worthy of interest and attention from grown-up men, and especially from one who was a wise teacher of men. They sternly rebuked the women who brought little children to the Lord for His blessing. That a feeling of contempt was in their hearts is evident from the Lord’s rebuke: “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones.” His own feeling and conduct were the reverse of theirs. He took the children in His arms, put His hands upon them, and blessed them, and said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And when the disciples asked Him, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He “called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Also He taught that little ones were the peculiar care of the highest angels, saying: “in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” Finally, He tells how dearly they are loved by the Infinite God Himself, whose will it is that not one of them should perish.

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