A Godly Heritage
Previously, we had looked at Psalm 127: 3-5, which talked about children as being a heritage and reward from the Lord. This is a polar opposite to how the world generally views children, which has manifested itself in many different ways, including trying to pass off murdering babies as healthcare. There is great evil performed in this world against children, and Satan certainly has a very large hand in all of it. But why would there be such an emphasis on attacking children from Satan and the world? Before we answer this, we should realize that Satan himself knows the Scriptures very well, even better than lots of Christians. This is a very dangerous thing, because if we do not know the Scriptures ourselves, we are much more likely to accept or overlook the skewing of morality (or even Scripture itself) that is constantly happening in our world. Satan himself, when tempting Christ in the desert used Scripture to try and get him to sin. This Scripture was taken out of context, and used in the face of other Biblical truth. Christ saw through this, and used Scripture to rebuke Satan. We should be knowledgeable enough about the Bible to be able to do similar when somebody tries to use Scripture for their own arguments. Many Christians take worldly ideas and try to bend Scripture to fit their beliefs, instead of bending themselves to obey the Word of God. There is a large portion of mainstream Christianity that accepts, and even preaches, abortion as simply a woman’s healthcare option. The child never comes into the conversation, because of the lie that a child isn’t truly human until a certain time after conception (which varies wildly to fit whatever point they are trying to prove). Whatever argument is used to justify abortion, most of them are simply red herrings used to distract from Scriptural truth. Satan again deflects and skews, and even some of those within the Church blindly follow. Therefore, we must be ready to stand in defense of Scriptural truth, and look at the evidence we have been given by God, instead of blindly following the world. We must look at this Covenantally. As we’ve seen, children are a heritage from the Lord. Contrary to the view of children in America, they are extremely important in the Scriptures. Israel included children in all of the Covenantal meals and celebrations, including the Passover and circumcision (for males). Then, as the new Covenant was established, there is nothing to suggest that this Covenantal practice was changed against children for baptism and the Lord’s Supper. In fact, we see individuals believing in Christ, and then having their households baptized. Christ himself said to let the little children come to him. Children are very important to Christ, so why should we then say otherwise? Now this is not going to be an in-depth argument to try and argue for infant baptism and communion. There is another time and place for that, but the point here is that bringing children into the Covenant of Christ and then feeding them with spiritual food has been the practice of the Lord’s Church since Abraham and Moses. The word “heritage” has to do with inheritance, and this theme of inheritance runs all throughout Scripture. Children are set apart from the world as a godly heritage, and they will inherit the promises of God through Christ. Do you think that Satan, in all of his Scriptural knowledge and craftiness, has not seen this heritage that is promised to our children? What better way would there be to prevent the continuance of these promises than to get people to believe that the smallest and weakest of our children are simply clumps of cells that can be plucked out before they become a nuisance? When Satan read Psalm 139: 13-16, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Why would he not try to hit back at this very wonder of being formed in intricate secrecy, especially when this is beginning of the Covenantal heritage of his greatest enemy? Every one of us is wonderfully made, and we Christians need to reject and combat the worldly and Satanic views that say anything less.