Study of Matthew 19:10-15 My answers to BSF study questions
8. a. Jesus said that some choose not to marry and live a celibate life for the sake of the kingdom.
He also says “those who can accept this should accept it.” However, as I look at verse 11, Jesus was replying to the disciples’ statement which followed the previous discourse about marriage. He repeats part of verse 11 again at the end of verse 12. I’ve never noticed it before, but I think Jesus was referring to accepting the instructions He gave about Christian marriage and households.
It was God’s idea to create Eve for Adam. Marriage was God’s idea and should be the norm rather than the exception. As Jesus points out, not everyone can and will get married and some simply choose not to. He seems to imply that the choice not to marry for the sake of the kingdom is a calling that some receive.
b. God called Paul to live a celibate life and devote himself to the spreading the kingdom. He found his calling and his way of life satisfying, so he believed it was a desirable lifestyle for other believers.
If a couple was already married, planning to marry, or desiring to marry, Paul said they should. They should not deny each other their God-given desire for marital intimacy. Denying them would open them up to temptation.
9. a. Peer pressure, movies and television, lacking knowledge of the truth, lack of godly examples, lack of discipleship on the importance of purity…
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10. a. The children were brought to Jesus so that He might lay hands on them and pray. Luke 18:15-17 says they were babies/infants. I wonder if their mother’s later told them about the man called Jesus who blessed them. I would love to know what lasting impact His blessing had on their lives.
From Pulpit Commentary— “It was a custom to take infants to the synagogues, that they might receive the prayers and blessings of the rabbis, or holy men. For this reason they were brought to Christ as a holy and revered Teacher. That he should put his hands on them, and pray. The laying on of hands was symbolical of blessing (see Genesis 48:14; Numbers 27:23).”
b. The disciples may have thought it was beneath Christ’s dignity or perhaps didn’t see any real purpose in it.
c. I think we often fail to realize a child’s sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. They may not have the vocabulary to articulate it, but most have a sense of right and wrong even as toddlers.
I’ve seen it assumed in some circles that children can’t comprehend repentance and salvation until the age of 12. When I took one of my own sons, age 7, to meet with a pastor about water baptism, the pastor tried to talk him into waiting until he was older. My son ignored that suggestion and asked, “How about tonight?” Thankfully, the pastor was satisfied with that response.
d. I pray for them if they have a “boo-boo” or aren’t feeling well. Other ideas are reading Bible stories, offering videos such as Veggie Tales
These days, the only children in my home are grandchildren. Although they are young, we sing spiritual songs together, and they ask interesting questions. Just last week, my seven-year-old grandson asked me if people become angels when they die.
I have one grandson who is not being raised in a Christian home. He doesn’t live near me, so I don’t see him often. I pray for opportunities to share with him, and I ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to the entire family.
Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.