Mark 10:14-15 (HCSB)

When Jesus saw it, He was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me. Don’t stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

     Where the HCSB has “welcome” the ESV has “receive.”  I kind of like welcome better because it resonates with what our experience is with little children.  They welcome people or things with unabashed joy and anticipation, with open arms, with no guile or hidden motives, and with great excitement.  We would do well to examine the depth of what our Lord says here because, as he points out, if we do not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child, we will never enter it.
Expositor’s Bible Commentary – The point of comparison is not so much the innocence and humility of children (for children are not invariable either innocent or humble) it is rather the fact that children are unself-conscious, receptive, and content to be dependent on others’ care and bounty; it is in such a spirit that the kingdom must be “received”—it is a gift of God, and not an achievement on the part of man; it must be simply accepted, inasmuch as it can never be deserved. (Rawlinson, p. 137)
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