Not only did Jesus make time to spend with children in order to bless them, he said that to them belongs the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those with “ears to hear” (Mk 4:12) would be able to accept this counter-cultural message that so cuts against the natural inclinations of sinful man. Matthew 19:14 “Jesus said, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Explanation and Commentary of Matthew 19:14. KJV But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. How important it is for parents to bring their children and little ones to know the Lord in person and talk with Him in prayer. Matthew 19:14 Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Interesting and Hidden Aspects: It is no coincidence that after discussing marriage between a man and a woman, Christ moves to the topic of children. All of it is inspired. 12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. Matthew 19:14.By τῶν τοιούτων we are not to understand literal children (Bengel, de Wette), for the Messianic kingdom cannot be said to belong to children as such (see Matthew 5:3 ff. Jesus understood this to be a trap from satan, who had tempted Christ in the same ways in the wilderness (Lk 4:6). But Jesus said, suffer little children &c.] This he said to show his humility, that he was not above taking notice of any; and to teach his disciples to regard the weakest believers, and such as were but children in knowledge; and to inform them what all ought to be, who expect the kingdom of heaven; for it follows; and forbid them not to come unto me, now, or at any other time; for of such is the kingdom of heaven; that is, as the Syriac renders it, "who are as these" or as the Persic version, rather paraphrasing than translating, renders it, "who have been humble as these little children": and it is as if our Lord should say, do not drive away these children from my person and presence; they are lively emblems of the proper subjects of a Gospel church state, and of such that shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: by these I may instruct and point out to you, what converted persons should be, who have a place in my church below, and expect to enter into my kingdom and glory above; that they are, or ought to be, like such children, harmless and inoffensive; free from rancour and malice, meek, modest, and humble; without pride, self-conceit, and ambitious views, and desires of grandeur and superiority. The disciples struggled with pride and self-importance until the day of Pentecost. Jesus’ common remedy was to lift up the attitude and trusting humility of children as one to emulate. Jesus constantly turned their worldly notions of king and kingdom over on its head, causing many to turn back from him. In the western church today, the mistake is to overly entertain children. His followers were obsessed with their own greatness and were in every way like the world in that respect. Matthew 19:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Matthew 19:14, NIV: "Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'" God calls us to not think highly of ourselves and to see our identity in our Father in heaven, in much the same way that a child seeks identity in her earthly father. What Does Matthew 19:14 Mean? He that is able to receive it, let him receive it. But Jesus said, suffer little children &c.] This he said to show his humility, that he was not above taking notice of any; and to teach his disciples to regard the weakest believers, and such as were but children in knowledge; and to inform them what all ought to …