Posted by: Pauline | November 11, 2015

Scripture for Sunday November 15

Hosea 11:1-9

Of all the metaphors used in the Bible to describe God’s relationship with His people, the parent-child relationship is perhaps the most universally understood and appreciated. God cares for His children even when they do not recognize who it is that is taking care of them. He is angry at their persistent disobedience and punishes them. But He loves them too much to give up on them, and so again He shows grace and mercy.

Mark 10:13-15

Various interpretations have been offered on what it means to “receive the kingdom of God like a child.” Some people think it has to do with a child’s simple trust. Others point to a child’s capacity for awe and joy at the wonders of this life. Many point to children as an example of humility – while others point out that children are quite prone to boasting and to struggles for dominance within their peer groups, so perhaps they do not make such a good example after all.

One thing that most can agree on is that children are dependent on others, who control their lives. Even parents whose lives seem to revolve around their children often make the choices about their children’s activities and education. Coming to God involves recognizing that we are utterly dependent on Him, and that He knows far better than we do what we really need.

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