Read: Matthew 21: 1-17
(Mat 21:16) So they asked Jesus, “Do you hear what they are saying?” “Indeed I do,” answered Jesus. “Haven’t you ever read this scripture? You have trained children and babies to offer perfect praise.’ “
As Jesus approached Jerusalem, he came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives, and there he sends two of the disciples ahead with these instructions: “Go to the village there ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied up with her colt beside her, bring them to me and if anyone says anything, tell him, ‘The Master needs them’; and then he will allow you to take them.
So the disciples went and did what Jesus had told them to do and returned with the donkey and the colt with their cloaks over them. So Jesus got on the donkey, meanwhile a large crowd of people spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds walking in front of Jesus and those walking behind began to shout, “Praise to David’s Son! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise be to God!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was thrown into an uproar. “Who is he?” the people asked. “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee,” the crowds answered.
Once in Jerusalem Jesus went into the Temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the stools of those who sold pigeons, and said to them, “It is written in the Scriptures that God said, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer.’ But you are making it a hideout for thieves!”
The chief priests and the teachers of the Law became angry when they saw the wonderful things he was doing and the children shouting in the Temple, “Praise to David’s Son!” So they asked Jesus, “Do you hear what they are saying?” “Indeed I do,” answered Jesus. “Haven’t you ever read this scripture? You have trained children and babies to offer perfect praise.’ ”
There are times when children are more sensitive to the move of God then many adults, even worst, older people don’t even know it. The chief priests and the teachers of the Law became angry when they saw the wonderful things Jesus did, however, the children were in the Temple shouting “Praise to David’s Son!” Our disbelief in the power of the LORD will never undermine his work, someone will be moved to give him the credit he deserves, and he will keep using children so long as they remain sensitive to the move of God.
We spend a great deal of time preaching on the street and one thing that never seems to change from city to city is the hearts of the little children. They gathering in numbers, coming from every side kneeling down to hear the word of God preached. Perhaps, this is the basis of the words of the LORD Jesus saying, we can never enter the Kingdom of Heaven until we become as a child.
There’s a song we often sing in our congregation “LORD whatever you’re doing in this season, don’t do it without me”. Well, this means we need to be connected enough to the LORD to identify when he is moving even when his move is outside the norm. The children in Jesus day were use to seeing the temple filled with those who were buying and selling. It was common to see the exchange of Greek money into the currencies used by the Israelites. However, when the LORD stepped in and began moving the children forgot all about the norm and begin to rejoice. Perhaps we can learn a lot from the hearts of children. Do you hear what they are saying, they asked?” “Indeed I do,” answered Jesus. “Haven’t you ever read this scripture? You have trained children and babies to offer perfect praise.’ ”
Jesus quoted Psalm 8:2 “Out of the mouth of babes and infants; you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger”. God has established strength first in the praise of children and infants and through them we are shown how to worship. Children and infants are completely subject to their parents and so they cry (worship) to get whatever they’re in need of, herein, is the example of the perfect praise. If you want strength be completely subject to God and cry out in the perfect praise and watch God move as GOOD parents would to comfort their child.
We can learn a lot from a child.