Painting by Lucas Cranach the elder
Daily Reformation, Mark 10:2-16
From the Reformer
This narrative is highly useful; for it shows that Christ receives not only those who, moved by holy desire and faith, freely approach to him, but those who are not yet of age to know how much they need his grace. Those little children have not yet any understanding to desire his blessing; but when they are presented to him, he gently and kindly receives them, and dedicates them to the Father by a solemn act of blessing.
—John Calvin, Commentary on Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Pulling It Together
It is no accident that a discussion of broken marriage is followed by the blessing of the children. The hardness of the adult heart is often best healed by focusing on those who most need the blessing of God. Very often the hard heart of one generation becomes pliant to God in their children. Their hearts are so hard that they wonder how their children have come to God. They cannot understand what they did to make this happen. Of course, they did not make it happen; it was simply the blessing of Jesus on the children of broken marriages.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers