Today’s passage: Matthew 18:1-6
- In Mark 9 and Luke 9, we learn that the disciples had argued which one of them was the greatest. This was not a philosophical question. They wanted to know which one of them was best.
- The Greek word used for “child” in this passage refers to a very young child. Probably a toddler.
- “Unless you turn”, refers to repentance/conversion.
- Remember for verses 5-6 that Jesus was using the toddler to represent the “child of God”. This means the content of verses 5-6 can refer to any child of God, no matter how physically old they may be.
Questions to consider:
- How much does a toddler expect to contribute to his/her own well being? How is this a good picture of our salvation? How does it help us to define and understand God’s grace?
- How does child-like faith also help us to remain humble?
- In what ways would seeing God as your father the same way a toddler would want to view their father help you to fight against sin (And fight for your brothers and sisters in Christ)?