Matthew 21:14-16, “14The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,” `From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’ “, “…Because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. (Psalm 8:2)
Sometime back on a Father’s Day, I had the wonderful opportunity to see both of my dads. Since I’ve blessed by a beautiful wife, I have gained another father as well, and he has gained a son. When I saw my biological dad we were with my sister-in-laws side of the family as well. One little girl was there named Naomi (which means pleasant or sweet) , and her mom was also present to see her dad, but this little girl’s dad was not present for he left this world because of cancer, and was celebrating Father’s Day with our Heavenly Father. I suppose this little girl was very sad without her dad present, and then I noticed a dog that looked sickly and bloated. When I asked what was wrong with the dog I was told it had cancer and only a month to live. I thought wow this girl has loved her dad and he died, she loves her dog, and it will soon die, and I found out two other family members of hers died to cancer as well. This could produce a very bitter and angry child toward the things of God. However one of the most amazing things I have ever seen took place as I walked into the living room where I found this 7 year old playing her guitar singing praises to Jesus. She wrote her own songs as she blessed everyone listening as she played, “Heal me before I go,” and “We all fall down,” and “Jesus I love you so much.” I wish I could show you a video tape of this wonderful experience. I can picture Jesus calling all the saints over, Naomi’s dad, and Father God too and saying “Do you hear what this child is singing?” They that are listening have read, but now they see, ‘from the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise.’” Naomi’s names fits her well as her praise was both pleasant and sweet to the ears of Heaven. I cannot begin to describe the testimony I saw in this girl who understands pain, loss, suffering, and death. Her mom shared that this little girl by the things she says brings conviction at times even to her. No wonder Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When He had placed His hands on them, He went on from there Matthew 19:14-15.” Jesus surely places His almighty hand on children today. Having at some point been a Children’s Pastor for four years, I have seen God’s hand on the lives of many kids. I have seen them praise Him in tears and reverence.
Creation seems to be silenced by the praise of children. Regardless of how the wicked assert themselves, they cannot outdo the evidence of God’s glory on earth and in heaven. It is all around us (see Romans 1:20). The sound of children is concrete evidence of God’s fortress on earth. The sound of opposition is silenced by the babbling and chatter of children. What a contrast! What a King!
In the verse above the children’s “Hosannas” are not being directed to God but to the Son of David, the Messiah. Jesus is therefore not only acknowledging His Messiahship but justifying the praise of the children by applying to Himself a passage of Scripture applicable only to God. He ordained praise from children, and even though Jesus’ enemies said He was not the Messiah, the children could not be silenced from crying out the truth!
Application: See the good gifts in the lives of children, teach them the ways of God, and allow them to be the blessing that they can be, and hinder them not from coming to Jesus and expressing themselves to Him. Blessings Pastor Phil