From the Word: 15 And they were also bringing their babies to him, that he might touch them. But when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 Yet Jesus called them to him, saying, “Allow the little children to come to me, and do not prevent them, for to such belong the kingdom of God. 17 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a young child will not enter it.” (Luke 18:15–17)
From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, The Ten Commandments
The Fourth Commandment
Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.)
Therefore, you should wholeheartedly rejoice and thank God that he has chosen you and made you worthy to do a work that is so precious and pleasing to him. Although it might be regarded as humble and despised, see that you esteem it as great and precious, not on account of your worthiness, but because it is comprehended and contained in a jewel and sanctuary, namely, the Word and commandment of God.
Pulling It Together: Mothers and fathers are given a great honor; let them rise to the responsibility of that honor. Let them teach their children the commandments and the whole Word of God in such a way that those children consider his orders and promises as the finest things in life. Let them bring their children to Jesus in this way, and God will heap upon them even greater distinction; those children will regard their own parents’ directives and oaths as quite similar to those of God himself.
Prayer: May your kingdom come, Lord, into the lives of the children in my life. Amen.
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Alphabet Soup is a four-unit (seven lessons each) Sunday School series designed for young students in Preschool and Kindergarten. Lessons are based on storytelling, rhyme, and pictures, and are suitable for participation by non-readers. The flexible lesson plans introduce the youngest believers to the importance and truth of God’s Word.