2001-03-20 - Adored by Infants
The Prophecy Fulfilled Series, Part 22
Psalm 8:2 From the mouth of infants and nursing babes Thou hast established strength, because of Thine adversaries, to make the enemy and the revengeful cease.
Matthew 21:15,16 "But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were crying out in the temple and saying, 'Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord;' they became indignant, and said to Him, 'Do you hear what these are saying?' And Jesus said to them, 'Yes, have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babes Thou hast prepared praise for Thyself?''"
A child in Scripture can mean many things. Of course it often designates a son or a daughter who is young as in 1 Samuel 1:22, but it can also refer to one who is weak in abilities as in Isaiah 10:19 or 1 Corinthians 13:11. Someone who is young in the faith is called a child in 1 John 2:13. It is even used in a manner of affection in Genesis 37:30 concerning Reuben when he was 17 years old and would have been considered a man and not a child. Judah even calls Benjamin a "little child," in Genesis 44:20 when Benjamin was almost 30 years old at the time.
So in one sense there is both a figurative and literal sense to the use of the term child or infant in the Bible. It is even possible to be a child of the kingdom of evil as is seen in Matthew 8:11, 12 "And I say to you that many shall come from the east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven, but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
However, the saints are called the "children of God," in John 1:12. (See also Romans 8:14-17) Christians are also called "children of light," Luke 16:8; "children of promise," Galatians 4:28; "children of the resurrection," Luke 20:36; and even "children of the free woman," Galatians 4:31. So much for children.
It appears that the wondrous things that Jesus had done in the Temple on the day that the children were crying out, "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord," had especially effected children. The scribes and chief priests became, "indignant," because they did not believe, in spite of the healings and signs that Jesus was performing, that Jesus was the promised Messiah. They were looking for something else. So the children cried out and gave Christ the honor and dignity that He deserved. Again, this was done as a fulfillment of prophecy, but it also speaks clearly of the honor and dignity that we also owe Christ. More than a prophecy fulfilled it serves today, for us, as a reminder of how wonderful Christ is for sinners redeemed by Him.
Soli Deo Gloria,