A Brief Primer on Sin – Part 2


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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Matt. 18.1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest
in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst
of them 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like
children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles
himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 “Whoever
receives one such child in my name receives me, 6 but whoever causes one of
these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a
great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the
sea.

We’ve begun what we’ve labeled “A Brief Primer on Sin”, from Matt. 18. And it
isn’t hard to identify the core issue is it? “Me first”. So it is Jesus moves to give
His disciples a sharp lesson on true humility by His words and actions here. The
scene is rich. Obviously, children are mingling with the others. This is not the
controlled environment of the Synagogue. So calling one of these little ones, he
sets the little unknowing object lesson right into the midst of them. Why?
Because this little guy (or gal) in their normal course of being who they are,
would have been utterly oblivious to the very kind of conversation they had
been having. That in fact is the point. No, He is not intimating that children have
some kind of sinlessness we are to emulate. Nor are they free from their own
desires to be seen and heard. What they lack, is a sense of rank. They may feel
a keen sense of loss if they are overlooked, but they have not yet formulated
the complex series of thoughts that tells them why they deserve or are owed
recognition. Especially as concerns others. There is no abstract sense that they
are worth more than anyone else, or even that they should be. Jesus is the
adult, He called him, and he came. He has no idea why he is standing there. No
idea he is the Savior’s object lesson. No idea that this should somehow make
him special. He’s a kid, the adult is the adult, and he comes and stands. Now I
wonder, what would the church look like if we did that? What if we just
understood God is Father, and we are children, and where and how and to what
He calls us is up to Him, and has no reference to whether or not that is higher or
lower than any other living soul? What if we didn’t care if we were recognized or
ranked any more than Jesus did Himself? What kind of peace might attend the Lord’s flock?

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