Kid’s Devotions On Parables – A Hard Hearted Generation


Jesus told a parable (story) about the hard heartedness of the present generation by using the example of children playing. What did He mean by this? (Matthew 11:16, 17)

After Jesus defended the character of John the Baptist to those who questioned John’s methods and motives, Jesus turned his attention to the generation around Him.  This is what He said about them.

Ask the children…

What did Jesus compare this generation to?

““To what can I compare this generation? It is like children playing a game in the public square. They complain to their friends,

17 ‘We played wedding songs,
    and you didn’t dance,
so we played funeral songs,
    and you didn’t mourn.’ (Matthew 11:16, 17)

It was common to see children playing outside of weddings or funerals.  They would imitate the grownups who were either dancing to music at a wedding or mourning at funerals.  The children would invite their friends to join in and would be offended if their friends chose not to. 

In the same way when Jesus invited this generation to join in His merriment celebrating the coming Kingdom, they refused and called Him a drunkard.  When John called them to repent to prepare the way for the coming Kingdom, they refused and called him a crazy religous zealot.  Through this parable Jesus addressed this generation’s hard hearts. 

Ask your children if they are giving their hearts to God and entering into the joy of knowing Jesus and following Him?  So many people see their faith as only a duty and not a glorious relationship with their lover, Jesus.   Throw a party at dinner tonight and celebrate your relationship with Jesus and all He has done for you. 

Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.

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