Matthew 18:7-14
How horrible it will be for the world because it causes people to lose their faith. Situations that cause people to lose their faith will arise. How horrible it will be for the person who causes someone to lose his faith! “If your hand or your foot causes you to lose your faith, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life disabled or injured than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into everlasting fire. If your eye causes you to lose your faith, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hellfire. “Be careful not to despise these little ones. I can guarantee that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father, who is in heaven. “What do you think? Suppose a man has 100 sheep and one of them strays. Won’t he leave the 99 sheep in the hills to look for the one that has strayed? I can guarantee this truth: If he finds it, he is happier about it than about the 99 that have not strayed. In the same way, your Father in heaven does not want one of these little ones to be lost.

The author of Matthew put so much in these few verses that I struggled for days to understand the overall message. It is almost constructed like a patchwork quilt of different teachings haphazardly stitched together. The one thread that is evident throughout this section is Jesus’s concern for the “Little ones”. I’ve always understood that as referring to children. However, I’ve come tho the conclusion that Jesus wasn’t only speaking about young people but also the young believers, those who’s faith hasn’t yet matured.

I see the lesson here to be connected to the parable found recorded in Matthew 13:3-8.

  • Listen! A farmer went to plant seed. Some seeds were planted along the road, and birds came and devoured them. Other seeds were planted on rocky ground, where there was little soil. The plants sprouted quickly because the soil wasn’t deep. But when the sun came up, they were scorched. They withered because their roots weren’t deep enough. Other seeds were planted among thornbushes, and the thornbushes grew up and choked them.

As these little ones in faith are faced with adversity or temptation from within and without, they may become lost. How terrible that will be.

However, God does not want even one of these little ones to be lost. He sent his Son to seek and save the lost.

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