Session Series: Paedocommunion
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“And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’” Exodus 12:26
Even a surface reading of this text does not support Calvin’s claim that a a covenant child ate only when they “were of an age sufficient to ask” (Institutes Book 6, Chapter 16, Section 30). Instead, the scripture stresses parental responsibility when their children ask. This could theoretically occur at any time not just went the ritual is being performed. In practice, a child (not even three) could already be asking about the Supper. Keeping children in the church's covenant service will do that. Proving again that this Exodus 12:26 does not apply, this child’s questions are not enough for those opposed to paedocommunion. Instead, on the basis of 1 Corinthians 11, opponents to paedocommunion demand a child give answers to questions to make sure the child understand the church’s theology and have faith.
It is enough to show that Calvin was incorrect in using Exodus 12:16 to deny paedocommunion. The ordinance was initiated with family participation in mind (Exo 12:21). The only individuals deterred in all “the congregation of Israel” were the uncircumcised (Exo 12:43). As with circumcision, the New Covenant sign, Trinitarian baptism, should be the only requirement to the Lord’s table.