Mark 10:13-16 Children Again


Mark 10:13-16


Jesus must teach his disciples a lesson about accepting children again.


A persistent theme in the Gospel of Mark is the lack of understanding displayed by Jesus’ disciples. He often must explain things to them multiple times and sometimes shows exasperation at their stubbornness. Jesus blessing the little children displays this unfortunate side of the disciples. This is the disciples’ second encounter with a child and they seem not to have learned from it (see Mark 9:33-37 Who is the Greatest?). The disciples reflect the cultural attitudes of their time in seeing children as less important and not worthy of attention. Jesus, however, has instructed them to welcome children, and so he becomes angry at them. He reminds them that his kingdom is an upside down kingdom in which the least are the greatest, and reiterates children as people to accept and emulate.