â€œAnd [David] said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.â€ (2 Samuel 12:22-23)
by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
he death of a loved one is always a time of great sorrow, but the death of a beloved child is perhaps the keenest sorrow of all. Nevertheless, for the Christian believer, we â€œsorrow not, even as others which have no hopeâ€ (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
Our text verse makes it clear that, when a child dies (even one born of a sinful relationship such as this child of David and Bathsheba), that child goes to be with the Lord in heaven. Jesus said: â€œSuffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heavenâ€ (Matthew 19:14).
Heaven is thus a place where there are many â€œlittle children.â€ Their inherited sin-nature never yet had generated acts of willful sin, and their Maker is Himself â€œthe Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the worldâ€ (John 1:29), so they are safe in Him. Although there are few specific Scriptures on this subject, what we do know, both from the love of God and the Word of God, suggests that the souls of all deceased little children are with the Lord in heaven, but also those who died in early childhood (and even before birth) from every time and place since the world began. There they, along with all those who were saved by personal faith in Christ and are now awaiting the resurrection, will receive new bodies when Christ returns to Earth. The old and lame will be young and strong again, and the children will grow to perfect maturity, for all will become â€œlike himâ€ (1 John 3:2). â€œGod shall wipe away all tearsâ€ (Revelation 21:4), and all will say: â€œAs for God, his way is perfectâ€ (Psalm 18:30). HMM