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Biblical Expectation of Children

These Bible examples of God using children show us what we can expect to see.

1 Samuel

  • (1 Samuel 2-3)
  • Spiritual ministry (2:18-19). The robe and ephod were priestly clothes.
  • Practical service (3:15). His duties included opening the doors.
  • Hearing God (3:10-14, 3:21). He received a serious message.
  • Speaking for God (3:18-21). He was encouraged and recognised in this.

2 David

  • (1 Samuel 16-17)
  • Holy Spirit music ministry (16:23). He ministered effectively to Saul.
  • Leading God’s people (17:32). When others were afraid, he led.
  • Fighting God’s enemies (17:45-51). He challenged and defeated Goliath.
  • Prophetic action (17:52). His acts encouraged others to fight.

3 Little Girl

  • (2 Kings 5:1-15)
  • Supernatural love (5:2-3). She wanted her abductor healed.
  • Faith (5:3). This was the only healing of a leper (Luke 4:27).
  • Healing (5:14). Naaman was completely healed.
  • Evangelism (5:15). Naaman committed himself to God.

4 Jesus

  • (Luke 2:41-52)
  • Family worship (2:41). The Passover was a family event.
  • Involved with adults (2:46). He had a discussion with teachers.
  • Understanding God’s Word (2:47). He gave amazing answers.
  • In God’s business (2:49). This was His natural place.

5 Young Boy

  • (John 6:1-13)
  • Following Jesus (6:2). He was an individual follower.
  • Caring help (6:9). He offered his packed lunch.
  • Sacrificial giving (6:11). Jesus took all he had.
  • Miracles (6:11-13). The answer was in the child’s hand.

6 Children

  • (Matthew 21:1-16)
  • “Hosanna (save now), Son of David.”
  • Worship and praise (21:12-14). They had seen Jesus in action.
  • Preaching (21:15). They told who he is and what he came to do.
  • Prophetic prayer (21:15). This was fulfilled later that week.
  • Spiritual warfare (21:16). Psalm 8:2 explains this.

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