Mark 10:13 ” People were bringing little children to Jesus to have Him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.”

Were the disciples taking on the role of bodyguards for Jesus here, trying to keep the curious crowds and paparazzi away…or were they overreacting and taking matters into their own hands? The meaning for the Greek word “rebuked” in this verse is anything but compassionate and/or caring towards the parents who just wanted their little ones blessed. It was biting remarks expressing disapproval in a harsh tone of voice. It’s not a surprise then how Jesus reacted to them in an indignant and angry way when He said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Mark 10:14) The disciples thought they knew more than Jesus…they reacted rather than acted in a loving way … and in doing so, allowed the situation to rule them and their emotions.

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