10 “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
There are verses in the Bible that seem simple yet say so much. This is one of those verses. On the surface, Jesus is simply acknowledging the importance of little children in the sight of God but when you actually look at what Jesus is saying, much more can be gleaned.
The children’s angels see the face of God. What does that mean? What was Jesus trying to say? It is similar to the saying that so-and-so has someone’s ear. The children’s angels see the face of God and therefore are up there with God and have the ability to speak with him. If they feel that their chosen child is being harmed or put down, they will pass on their displeasure with God himself. That is a powerful position. Don’t despise a child because, God himself might come back at you. That child has connections. That child is protected.
I also like the idea, that even though God knows everything, he seems to allow people (or angels in this case) to argue their points and grievances. It takes away the idea that heaven is a complete dictatorship where only God speaks and makes decisions. This implies that people can reason with God and gain favor.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
God himself asks us to reason with him. Yes he is all powerful, all knowing and so on, but he still wants to hear your opinion and have you make your choices. This always blows my mind to think about. How much easier and cleaner the world would be if we simply had to follow God’s ideas and paths but no. God wants us to use our brains and think and make decisions.
11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
After the verse with the angels seeing the face of God we are left with this verse. Jesus came to save the lost so don’t leave anyone out of your mission for salvation. Don’t say someone is too young or old or black or white or rich or poor. God has a plan to save everyone regardless of themselves. Let us chose to follow that plan and not the Devils, where some are too different or sinful to be saved.
Pr. Steven Couto