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"NOW THE LORD CAME AND STOOD AND CALLED AS AT

 OTHER TIMES, 'SAMUEL!  SAMUEL!'"   I Samuel 3:10 (NKJV)

Israelite women who had no children were considered cursed by God. Hannah, who had no children, begged God for a son, promising that if He gave her a son, she would lend him back to God, by taking him to the temple.  See the first chapter of      I Samuel to read this beautiful story. At first the lad, Samuel thought the voice he heard was Eli the Priest calling to him. After the third time, Eli advised Samuel when he heard his name again, how to answer. This is good advise for us as parents, and others in a teaching position, to properly direct our youth in following after God. Sometimes it behooves parents and teachers to put the right words into a child's mouth.

 

In my own youth I was blessed to have grandparents, as well as my parents, who were very close to the God and dearly loved Jesus. Many are the times that either my Grandpa or Grandmother had to correct me or scold me. Sometimes they made me cry or sometimes they made me angry, but every time it was for my good. I was blessed to have such strict Grandparents that helped my parents keep me directed onto the straight and narrow path.


Jesus' advise was, "Let little children come unto me, . . . for of such is the kingdom of God". Luke 18:16 (NKJV) It was customary for Israelite mothers to bring their children to a rabbi for a blessing, which is what was happening here. The disciples thought the children were unworthy of the Master's time. Jesus' lesson was that they and we must approach Him with the attitude of  children. Sometimes even adults need to be taught how to respond as children.


Mark 10:15, (NKJV) express it as: ". . . whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." Those who have the loving simplicity, humility and trust of children, as with Samuel, should be encouraged to answer the call of God or Christ. These words, both in Mark and Luke where Jesus is speaking, and in I Samuel, where Eli gave counsel to the lad Samuel, would indicate, contrary to that which some teach, that children are not totally depraved. Here we do learn that the earlier they come to Christ the better; they should not be hindered by injudicious teaching, but that parents should bring them to the Savior.


Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.                                 


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