God delights in children. He takes great pleasure in them. They are one of His greatest gifts. Psalm 127:3 proclaims that “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him.” Being entrusted with such a gift is an awesome responsibility. Fathers are reminded in the New Testament letter to the Ephesians of their parental responsibility to train up their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Because children are a great gift from God, and yet with that gift comes a momentous duty, is it is fitting that Christian parents present and dedicate their child to God, the giver of such a precious gift. Jesus Himself was circumcised when just eight days old as was the Jewish custom, and He was also blessed by the righteous man Simeon
(Luke 2:27-34).

In the Gospels we read of Jesus’ teaching on marriage, and then, those listening brought little children and infants to Jesus so that He might lay his hands on them and bless them. In the same way, we encourage parents to bring their little ones to the altar to have them dedicated to God and presented before the Lord for His blessing.
At Bethesda children are presented before the Lord and dedicated as elders of the church lay their hands on the child and pray a prayer of dedication. In doing so the child is brought under the blessing of the New Covenant until such time that he or she come in their own hearts to call upon Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Dedication also serves as a way for parents to publicly commit to raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4 NASB).

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