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
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
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
Soli Deo Gloria,