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A little boy who was misbehaving one night when his father was trying to get him to go to bed. The boy’s mother had gone to a meeting and his father was taking care of things at home. Long after the little boy had been tucked in for the night, he was doing the classic drink of water routine: "Dad, I need a drink of water." His father came upstairs and gave him a drink of water and of course a short time later the little lad had to go to the bathroom. This happened several times.

Finally the exasperated dad reached the limit of his patience and said, "No more. Young man, you get into bed and stay there."

A few minutes later, the father heard again the pitter-patter of little feet upstairs. He bolted to the foot of the stairs, this time angry that his reading had been interrupted. He yelled up too the misbehaving son, "Look, I’m telling you for the last time. You get in bed and you stay in bed. If you get out of bed one more time, you are in trouble. I’ll be coming up there and you will get a whipping."

For a moment it was so very quiet. Then a little voice drifted down, "Daddy, when you come up here to give me a whipping, would you bring me a glass of water?" That is how children are. They just keep asking, and that is what Jesus is trying to emphasize here.

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