Mark 9:36
And he took a child, and set him in the middle of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said to them,
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(36) When he had taken him in his arms.—The act is expressed in the Greek by a single participle which occurs only here and in Mark 10:16. It may mean either that the child was taken up in our Lord’s arms, or that the arms were folded round him. The latter is somewhat the more probable.

9:30-40 The time of Christ's suffering drew nigh. Had he been delivered into the hands of devils, and they had done this, it had not been so strange; but that men should thus shamefully treat the Son of man, who came to redeem and save them, is wonderful. Still observe that when Christ spake of his death, he always spake of his resurrection, which took the reproach of it from himself, and should have taken the grief of it from his disciples. Many remain ignorant because they are ashamed to inquire. Alas! that while the Saviour teaches so plainly the things which belong to his love and grace, men are so blinded that they understand not his sayings. We shall be called to account about our discourses, and to account for our disputes, especially about being greater than others. Those who are most humble and self-denying, most resemble Christ, and shall be most tenderly owned by him. This Jesus taught them by a sign; whoever shall receive one like this child, receives me. Many have been like the disciples, ready to silence men who have success in preaching to sinners repentance in Christ's name, because they follow not with them. Our Lord blamed the apostles, reminding them that he who wrought miracles in his name would not be likely to hurt his cause. If sinners are brought to repent, to believe in the Saviour, and to live sober, righteous, and godly lives, we then see that the Lord works by the preacher.See the notes at Matthew 18:1-5. 36. And he took a child—"a little child" (Mt 18:2); but the word is the same in both places, as also in Lu 9:47.

and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms—This beautiful trait is mentioned by out Evangelist alone.

he said unto them—Here we must go to Matthew (Mt 18:3, 4) for the first of this answer: "Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven:" that is, "Conversion must be thorough; not only must the heart be turned to God in general, and from earthly to heavenly things, but in particular, except ye be converted from that carnal ambition which still rankles within you, into that freedom from all such feelings which ye see in this child, ye have neither part nor lot in the kingdom at all; and he who in this feature has most of the child, is highest there." Whosoever, therefore, shall "humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven": "for he that is [willing to be] least among you all, the same shall be great" (Lu 9:48).

See Poole on "Mark 9:35" And he took a child,.... Which was in the house, and which he called unto him, and set by him, as the other evangelists observe:

and set him in the midst of them; his disciples, that all might see and learn from this instance;

and when he had taken him in his arms; and embraced him, to show his great regard to humility, and humble persons:

he said unto them; the following words.

And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,
Mark 9:36. The child, produced at the outset in Mt., is now brought on the scene (λαβών), not, however, as a model (that in Mark 10:15), but as an object of kind treatment.—ἐναγκαλισάμενος: in Mk. only = taking it into His arms, to symbolise how all that the child represents should be treated.Mark 9:36. Ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῶν, in the midst between Himself) and His disciples: as appears by comparing Luke 9:47, by Himself [He set the child by Him].—ἐναγκαλισάμενος, having embraced him in His arms) Symbolical of the intimate union between Him and such children. Comp. Mark 9:37; ch. Mark 10:16. By that very act He conferred grace on the little one [and how great was the sweetness, with which the child was thereby bedewed, is not hard to understand.—V. g.]. So dear to Him, doth He teach us, that the lowly are.Verse 36. - And he took a little child (παιδίον), and set him in the midst of them. St. Mark adds, what is not recorded by the other synoptists, that he took him in his arms. And taking him in his arms (ἐναγκαλισάμενος); literally, folding him in his arms; embracing him. It is probable that the house where he was was the house of Simon Peter; and it is possible that this little child might have been Simon's. A tradition not earlier than the ninth century says that this child was Ignatius. Let (ἔστησεν)

Wyc. renders ordained.

When he had taken him in his arms (ἐναγκαλισάμενος)

The verb is found only in Mark, and only he records this detail.

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