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THE LITTLE CHILD IN THE ARMS OF JESUS
Matthew xvii: 24, to xviii: 35; Mark ix: 33 to 48;
Luke ix: 46 to 50.
ROM Caesarea-philippi, in the far north, Jesus went with
his disciples through Galilee, but not, as at other
times, with a great multitude following him. At this
time Jesus wished no one to know of his coming, for he
had already preached to this people, and now he sought
to be alone with his disciples. They came to Capernaum;
and while they were there the officer to whom the Jews
paid the tax of half a shekel, or about thirty cents,
for each man, said to Peter, "Does not your Master pay
Peter said, "Yes." But when Peter came into the house,
Jesus said to Peter, "Simon, do the kings of the earth
take taxes of their own children, or of strangers?"
Peter said to him, "Of strangers, not of their own
And Jesus said, "Then the children of the King should
be free from the tax. But that we may not cause
trouble, do you go to the lake, and cast in a hook, and
pull up the first fish that comes; and when you have
opened his mouth you shall find in it a piece of money.
Take that, and pay it to them for you and for me."
While Jesus was in the house, he said to his disciples,
"What was it that you were talking about among
yourselves while you were on the way?"
They looked at one another, and said nothing; for on
the way they had been disputing as to who of them
should have the highest places in their Lord's kingdom.
Then Jesus said to them, "If any one among you wishes to
be first, let him be willing to be the last of all, and
to be a servant of all."
And Jesus took a little child in his arms, and held him
 all his disciples, and said to them, "Unless you turn
from your ways, and become like little children in
spirit, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whoever shall be gentle and lowly and willing to be
taught, like this little child, he shall be the
greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever shall
receive one such little child for my sake, he receives
me. Take care not to despise one of these little ones;
for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do
always look upon the face of my Father who is in
heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which
was lost; and it is not the will of your Father who is
in heaven that one of these little ones should perish."
And Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, how many times should I
forgive a brother when he has sinned against me? Till
JESUS TAKES A LITTLE CHILD IN HIS ARMS
Jesus said to Peter, "I do not say that you should
forgive him seven times only, but seventy times seven."
Then Jesus gave to his disciples the parable or story
of the Unkind Servant:
"There was once a king who had an account made with his
 servants of how much money they owed him. One servant
was brought before the king; and he owed the king a
great sum of money, ten millions of dollars. The man
had nothing with which to pay his debt, and the king
commanded that the man, and his wife, and his children
should be sold as slaves for the debt. Then the servant
fell down before the king, and said, 'Be patient with
me; give me time, and I will pay all that I owe!'
"Then the king felt a pity for his servant, set him
free, and let him go without any payment, giving him
all that he owed.
"But that servant went out and found another servant
who owed him a small sum, only ten dollars. He came to
this man, and took hold of him by the throat, and said,
'Pay what you owe me!' The man fell down before him,
and said, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you!'
He would not wait for the man to earn the money, but
threw the man in prison, to stay there until he should
pay the debt. When his fellow-servants heard of what he
had done, they were sorry for the poor debtor in
prison, and came and told the king all that had been
done. Then the king sent for the servant, and said to
him, 'You wicked servant, I forgave you all your debt
when you asked me to give you time. And you should have
had mercy on your fellow-servant, just as I had mercy
on you!' And the king was angry against the unkind
servant, and sent him to prison, and ordered that he
should be made to suffer until he should pay all his
debt. So also shall my heavenly Father do to you, if
from your hearts you do not forgive your brothers who
have sinned against you."