Out of the Mouth of Babes

 

And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did,

and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David;

they were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say?

And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read,

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

(Matthew 21:15-16)

 

            Matthew 21 tells of Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. On this occasion when He entered Jerusalem He cleansed the temple of the money changers and also healed the blind and lame. The “religious leaders” objected to the actions of Jesus because they rejected Jesus as the Messiah but the little children praised Jesus as the Christ, the promised King and the Son of God.

            The phrase “out of the mouth of babes” is often quoted when a small child makes a truthful and profound statement. This phrase is often used when the more mature have been unable or unwilling to state the fact of the matter. I am reminded of this phrase at times when speaking with those who are “babes” in Christ because of the purity of their hearts and the clarity of their eyes. And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:3-4).

PURITY OF HEARTS

            The apostle Paul wrote to the young minister Timothy: Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned (I Timothy 1:5). The pure heart is often readily seen in the babe in Christ because his heart has not been contaminated with the cares of the world. Thus, the true excitement of being a Christian is seen in the babe; the unfeigned sincerity of following Jesus is manifested in the babe and the respect of man above God is not found in the babe’s heart.

            Jesus said: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8).

CLARITY OF EYES

             The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus (John 12:21). In this text a group of Greeks desired to see Jesus, on another occasion it was the little man Zacchaeus who desired to see Jesus. Have you ever considered what was blocking the view of Zacchaeus from seeing Jesus?  The thing that kept Zacchaeus from seeing Jesus clearly was man. Zacchaeus had to position himself to look beyond man to see Jesus unobstructed. The babe in Christ has his eyes fixed on Jesus and is able to look beyond man to clearly see the path of righteousness.

            Let us each thank God, for our babes in Christ, who show us Christ though purity and clarity.

                                                                                Tim

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