Sunday, October 04, 2015

Gentle touch of blessing

"Jesus blesses the Children" from Treasures of the Bible
"Jesus blesses the Children" from Treasures of the Bible

TODAY'S SPECIAL: Mark 10:1-6

TO CHEW ON: "Then they brought little children to Him that He might touch them … And He took them up in HIs arms, laid His hands on them and blessed them." Mark 10:13,16

What a beautiful picture of God incarnate, interacting with children.

He touches them.

[Touch - hapto means to fasten to a thing, kindle, set of fire. It's the same word that's used often in the gospels of Jesus when He heals people, or they reach out and contact some part of Him.]

Here Jesus' touch delivers a blessing.

He takes the children in His arms and lays His hands on them. It is a picture of gentleness.  Other places in the Bible where we see God or His servants handling people with gentleness:
  • David, when praying a psalm of thanksgiving after the danger of Saul is past says "Your gentleness has made me great" - 2 Samuel 22:36 and also Psalm 18:35.
  • Isaiah prophesies that Messiah will be gentle:
"He will feed His flock like a shepherd . … and gently lead those who are with young" - Isaiah 40:11.
"A bruised reed He will not break
And smoking flax He will not quench" - Isaiah 42:3.
Matthew points out that Jesus is the fulfillment of Isaiah's predictions (Matthew 12:20).
  • Paul speaking to the Christians in Corinth does it with meekness and gentleness - 2 Corinthians 10:1. He reminds the church in Thessalonica that he ministered among them with gentleness: "… just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children" - 1 Thessalonians 2:7.

Let's be challenged today by this beautiful example of Jesus and His servants, to touch things—physically and in ministry and speech—with gentleness, delivering healing and a blessing.

PRAYER: Dear Jesus, as I interact with people today, please bring to mind the picture of You gently touching and holding the children to bless and heal.

Unless otherwise noted all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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