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Proverbs 16:7, “When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
verse 5, “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.”
These are not literal children he is speaking of. He used the illustration of the children to speak to us about who we are to the Father and how we are to behave among one another. When a person is subject to Christ as our Head we are to receive them.
“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
So what would be considered offending a person who is subject to Christ?
He says in verse 7, “Woe unto the world because of offences! For it must needs be that offences come: but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!”
We know that offences are here in this world. But he’s talking about offences to those who are subject to Christ. A person in a humble position under our Head and Savior, Christ our Lord. Not a person who claims to be a child of God that seeks to be in charge. A true follower of Christ is not one who seeks to be in charge and rule over God’s people.
He then goes on to advise those in a humble position under Christ our Lord.
Verse 8 says, “Wherefore if they hand or foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. 9 and if they eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.”
Again, this is not to be abused and used against a brother or sister in Christ in an effort to cut them off just because you have a disagreement about something. (that portion will come in a future lesson in this series regarding verses 15-17) This has to do with our submission to Christ our Lord. For those who seek to diminish our submission to Christ and take you into bondage to themselves rather than to Christ are those we cut off. This is where the teaching of false prophets come into play. The leaders propelled by the Jezebel spirit, who seeks to bring you into submission to them, to their agenda, even covering up their own sins by trying to silence you from speaking truth. These are who offends those little children in Christ’s kingdom. It is HIS kingdom, not mans kingdom.
He says in verse 10 and 11, “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 11, For the son of man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
He tells those who are trying to hide the Light within God’s people, to not despise them. They do despise them because the Light within them is exposing their sins to them. The children of God are not outwardly pointing out their sins like a Pharisee, they are simply walking in the Light and thus those ‘leaders’ despise that. They despise them for the Light that is within them. They despise how sweet and kind they are, how genuine their faith is and how they seek for others to be in submission to Christ. These leaders don’t want to submit to Christ, for if they did they would not be seeking to make God’s people submit to them and their agenda.