"Suffer The Little Children To Come Unto Me"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 143

Context: The writer of Mark records a poignant incident in Christ's ministry. People bring children to Jesus that He may touch them, even as He touches and heals those with physical disabilities. The disciples, feeling that the Master should not be bothered with such trivialities, rebuke the parents. Jesus, however, makes the disciples understand that children are not insignificant to Him and takes advantage of the opportunity to teach a spiritual truth:

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But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

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