Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones; for I say to you…
Ministry of angels to Christian children. Practical lessons.
I. BEWARE LEST YOU PUT STUMBLING-BLOCKS IS THEIR WAY. It is impossible to say how early the real moral and spiritual character begins to form itself — long before we can externally trace what is going on. Flowing from this is the great blessedness of being allowed to deal with such creatures. "Workers together with God." The great danger that you should do your work badly through any fault of yours. The nurse who lets the child drop and gets crippled for life never forgives herself. But what if they should become spiritual cripples!
II. HE GUARDS AGAINST DOING THIS. Knowing what the treasure is that is committed to you. Not a class, but souls, for whom Christ died, etc. This idea, once laid hold of, settles all difficulties about what should be taught. Deal with them separately.
(S. Wilberforce, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.