The way into the kingdom

ONCE ON A FAMILY VISIT, I watched my very young nephew lying on his back, arms extended, giggling sweetly. Curious, I asked him what he was doing. He replied, "I'm giving God a hug." Ah, I thought with a smile, "Out of the mouths of babes"—that's why Jesus loved little children!

In the Bible, children were a sign of God's favor, a promise of Israel's perpetuity. They were under the absolute authority of their fathers, without rights or status, but they were desired, loved, and cared for.

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