This Sunday, we continue on in our Sermon Series, Inside Out. We will be looking at Mark 10:13-16.
The Little Children and Jesus
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Sermon Study Questions: Mark 10:13-16
- In this translation Jesus becomes “indignant,” in another He becomes “irate,” still in a third Jesus is portrayed as “angry.” In fact the closest translation means “moved with indignation.” What do you think it means to be moved with indignation? Is it different than simply being angry?
- Matthew, Mark and Luke all give a similar account of this interaction between Jesus, the disciples, and the children. All three include this identical phrase, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” What do you think Jesus means by, “the kingdom of God belongs to such as these?”
- What does it mean to receive the Kingdom of God like a little child?
- Is the Kingdom of God present or future or both? How do you receive the Kingdom of God right now.
- Sometimes we see ourselves as different players in the Biblical narrative. I tend to see myself as one of the disciples here. Two questions I think we’re all faced with and forced to ask of ourselves, 1. Are there areas of my life where I’m acting in a way that prevents the other from encountering Jesus? 2. Are there areas of my life to which Jesus would respond with indignation? They’re heavy questions. How do they sit with you?