SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 18:1-5
The disciples asked Jesus who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus called a child to him and said whoever humbles himself like children is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, and they have to become like children to enter heaven. Whoever welcomes a little child like this child becomes like Jesus.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 19, Day 2: Matthew 18:1-5
3) The disciples asked Jesus who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus used a child as a visual example.
4) They change and become like children.
5a) Whoever humbles himself like a child is true greatness. That whoever serves others, namely God, rather than himself is great.
b) Most of the world honors those who do great things, not those who serve others with no expectation of reward. They honor self-sufficiency, not dependence.
c) In many ways with my family and others. It’s hard because we want to think highly of ourselves and never admit we are wrong.
6) This is a tough one since I don’t mingle with others all that much. Co-workers at work.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 19, Day 2: Matthew 18:1-5
I love how Jesus uses concrete examples, such as a child, to make his point. It makes it easier for us to understand and know what to do.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 19, Day 2: Matthew 18:1-5
This teaching took place as the disciples and Jesus were walking to Capernaum. They were arguing which one of them was the greatest. The disciples were probably hoping Jesus would pick one of them as the greatest Luke 9:46.
Obviously, Jesus is the greatest. However, he is answering the question by pointing to the nature of a child instead.
Children in ancient times held little to no value until they grew up. Their opinion did not matter, and they were virtually ignored by others. They were raised to work and help their parents. However, children have not yet learned to be full of pride. They are utterly dependent on their parents for everything. Jesus not only gives value to children here, but he teaches how we are to be with God — totally reliant upon Him.
To humble yourself is to put yourself below someone else. This is Jesus’s point. You must put yourself beneath God to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Plus, how you treat others shows how much you love Jesus. Coming in Jesus’s name means your heart belongs to Jesus.
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