Monday, June 11, 2012

Out of the Mouths of Babes

The scene in the Gospels of Jesus entering Jerusalem at Passover is fantastic. Since travelers from all over the Roman world came to participate in Passover in was not financially or logistically possible to bring the entire family but men would bring their 12-year-old sons to participate in their first Passover. Matthew notes that after Jesus purged the Temple the children (mostly these boys) began crying out “Hosanna to the Son of David!” to which Jesus responds quoting Psalm 8:2, “Out of the mouths of babes… thou hast perfected praise.” That Psalm is about the majesty of God in all the earth. Jesus is making a point to show ‘now that’s the kind of worship that should be going on here’.

I pray daily for my children to become worshippers. They are not now. They are ignorant of their spiritual condition that they inherited from the first man Adam and from the guilt imputed on them through his sin. They are also still ignorant of the spiritual condition Christ came to restore them to and of the righteousness that He would impute to them by faith. So I pray that they will come to hear, understand, and love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I want them to first and foremost hear it and see it at work in our home. I pray that they will one day worship Christ as those boys at Passover and follow Him with all their heart.

Do you pray for your children and put intentionality toward this aim? I see a lot of intentionality to get children in the right schools, on the right teams, dressed with the right clothes, and connected with the right friends. These things- to a certain degree- are good aims but they are not game-changers. They do not overcome the spiritual separation from God our sin has created and they do not satisfy the wrath of God our sin deserves. So make an earnest commitment to seek for your children to be those who would proclaim “Hosanna to the Son of David!”

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