They asked Jesus, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heavens? And Jesus called a little child to Him and set him in the midst of them.
And Jesus said, Truly I say to you, Except you TURN [ shuv, in Hebrew ] to ME & then become as little teachable children, you shall NOT enter into the kingdom of Heavens!
Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest…
And whoever shall receive one such little child in MY NAME receives Me.
But whoever shall mislead one of these little ones who believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hung around his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Woe to the whole world because of offenses and confusion! [ Matthew 18: 1- 7a ]
The Kingdom of the Heavenlies has admission requirements! For a ticket:
- Turn to or repent , to Yahshua , the Gate, the Kinsman Redeemer! You were going your way, now you reverse, move to follow His Way, following Him, the Word of Yahweh [GOD]. Turn can mean to be transformed or changed in nature, as in the renewing of your mind and heart.
- Become as a little child, teachable and humble, capable of learning by being taught by the Master and Holy Spirit, free from pride and arrogance, gentle and mild.
- Not mislead other children who believe in Yahshua! Errors of thought, judgment, or action can tend to lead astray, intentionally or otherwise, into mistaken actions or beliefs especially misrepresenting the Truth.
A millstone to grind or pulverize grains into flour is heavy, carved out of basalt. The manual “hand” millstone pressed down on the grain upon a larger stone underneath. The bottom stone was somewhat concave & flat, sloping 15 degrees back, the crushed grain falling. Women daily used the millstone in their humble house work . By 2nd to 1st BC a larger millstone, drawn by ass , was also used; the upper stone had an hourglass shape, attached to a pole, and like a hand of a clock, rotated on a larger flat round stone surface [as in the picture above].
The millstone was valuable & necessary household equipment to make a living or survive. Yahweh said in Deuteronomy 24: 6 that NO creditor shall take the mill nor the upper millstone as a “pledge” or guarantee: “for he takes a debtor’s life “.
And a certain woman dropped a piece of millstone upon Abimelech‘s head & crushed his skull. [Judges 9:53]
The same people who smote Abimelech …did not a woman cast a piece of millstone upon him from the wall…why did you go near the wall? [2 Samuel 11:21]
By the time of Jesus, the millstone enlarged as driven by an ass.
But whoever shall mislead one of these little ones who believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hung around his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.[Mt. 18:6]
And whoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in Me, it is better for him that a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were cast into the sea. [Mark 9:42]
It were better for him that a millstone were hung around his neck, and he was thrown into the sea rather, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Luke 17:2]
Revelation 18: 21-22:
And a mighty heavenly malach [angel] took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Just like this, with violence, shall that great city Bavel [Babylon] be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
And the voice of harpists and musicians and of flutists and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in you; and craftsman of any craft, shall be found any more in you; and the sound of the millstone shall be heard no more at all in you…”.