NATIONAL CHILDREN’S WEEK and the Christian Connection
In 1954 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Universal Children’s Day as a day to promote friendship and understanding among children of the world. From this beginning it developed into a day that focussed the attention on the issues and needs of children and their families. UNICEF has been charged with the development of this concept worldwide.
Australia’s response to this injunction was the creation of Child Care Week which each state celebrated at different times. In the 1980’s the Commonwealth Government encouraged the states to agree on a national week dedicated to children. In 1985 this became a reality and national Children’s Week was birthed. http://www.childrensweek.org.au/
Who is the Child?
Throughout the history of mankind the natural progression of life has been a birth ultimately followed by death at some point in time, except for a few notable exceptions that are recorded in the Holy Scriptures.
When we observe the wonder of birth, we are immediately struck by the complete and utter helplessness of that newly born child. The life and the future of the child is in the hands of adults.
Children are the most vulnerable of all human beings and are totally dependent on the adults around them for their physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. There is much about them and how they should be treated in the Scriptures, as we will see.
The Child is made in the image of God.
“Let US make man in our image”
The Child is an incredible little being.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that well.”
The Child has eternity in his or her heart.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from the beginning to the end”
The Child is a blessing from God
“Sons are a heritage from the Lord; children are a reward from Him”
The Child is to be instructed by his or her parents about God.
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”
The Child is to be instructed that they in turn tell their children about God.
“so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born and they in turn would tell their children.”
The Child is precious in His eyes.
“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”
The Child is an example of how we need to become to enter the Kingdom of God.
“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
The Child should not be regarded as inferior.
“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
The Kingdom of God belongs to little children.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
It is God’s will that none of the little ones should be lost.
“In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.”
Death is preferable to causing a little child to sin against Jesus.
“But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
As one meditates upon these Scriptures there is no doubt that children are highly valued by God and the Lord Jesus. In response we should ask the question, do we value children the same way?
The Bible exhorts us in the Book of Proverbs to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves”.
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