2 Baruch 48:19Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch
17 What therefore is our strength that we should bear Thy wrath Or what are we that we should endure Thy judgement? 18 Protect us in Thy compassions, And in Thy mercy help us. 19 Behold the little ones that are subject unto Thee, And save all that draw nigh unto Thee: And destroy not the hope of our people, And cut not short 'the times of our aid. 20 For this is the nation which Thou hast chosen, And these are the people, to whom Thou findest no equal. 21 But I will speak now before Thee, And I will say as my heart thinketh.
40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. 41 Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, I tell you the truth, he will never lose his reward.”
Notes and References
"... The linking of the eunuchs to the kingdom of heaven indicates the eschatological ideal of the single and celibate state enacted now since that is the state of all disciples in the kingdom of God. The Gospels also preserve a series of Jesus’s sayings which hold up children as models for the kingdom (Mark 9:35–37, 42, 10:13–16; Matthew 10:42, 18:2–5, 19:13–15; Luke 9:47–48, 17:2, 18:15–17), for children modeled the proper acceptance of the Endzeit at the heart of Jesus' teachings ..."
Martens, John W. "But From the Beginning it was Not So": The Jewish Apocalyptic Context of Jesus' Teaching on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage (pp. 5-33) Journal of Moral Theology, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2021
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