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January 29, 2006

Chastening

Filed under: Bible Studies,Old & New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 7:00 am

Chasten = to correct by punishment or suffering. To purify. To discipline.

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God chastens us for our own good!

Hebrews 12:5-15 (5) And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: (6) For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (7) If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? [8] But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. [9] Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? [10] For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. (11) Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

(5) despise not thou the chastening

Do not hate it. God is working on you. He is training you. Correcting you. Much like a father will correct his children.

(6) For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth

He loves us like a parent loves their child. A parent disciplines a child not out of anger, but out of love. To properly mold it, to develop it.
(7) If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

If you love him and persevere, God will acknowledge that you are his sons and daughters. Heir to the throne of God.

(8) But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons

Fathers of bastard children, the children that the fathers do not support or acknowledge, do not care for their children. A bastard child is not taken care of the way that a child who is loved and cared for is taken care of. We are not bastards, we are God’s child. God loves us. He will chastise us.

(10) For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Our parents chastened us, and we loved them. Shall we not also love God who chastened us for OUR good, so that someday we can be with Him and share his Holiness.

(11) Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous … nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness…

No chastening is fun while it is going on, but after it is over, if you have sought out God and His wisdom, if you have repented of your sins and chose Him over your Self, it will lead to the peaceable fruit of righteousness.

PS 94:12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;

Blessed because the Lord loves them enough to chasten them, to save them from their own death causing SIN.

Chastening can be convincingly painful!

JOB 33:19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:

It is a parents responsibility to chasten their children
PR 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

2SA 7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

DT 8:5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.

Prov 3:11-12 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: (12) For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

God gives us the perfect example. It is our goal to be more like him in every way. He corrects us by chastening, parents must correct their children by chastening.

Those who will refuse chastening shall die!

DT 21:18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: [19] Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; [20] And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. [21] And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Just as a rebellious son will be taken out and killed, God will allow us to die by our own sin.. our own choice.. if we choose to not harken to his chastening, if we rebel against God, if we choose the sinful pleasures of this world instead of God’s ways, we will die!
When God Chastens, repent while there is still time!

REV 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

PR 19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

Those who respond shall live!

PS 118:18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.

Those who respond He shall not give over to death. Heaven is their reward.
DA 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

Your true prayers of repentance will be heard from God. He will respond and you shall live.

1CO 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. [31] For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. (32) But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

Never judge others, but always judge yourself. For if you judge yourself and are acting according to God’s will, God will not have any reason to judge you. But, if you are not judging yourself, you will be disciplined so that he can correct your sinful behavior to ensure that you will not be condemned with the rest of this sinful world.
Rejoice, happy is the chastened person

JOB 5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:

PS 94:12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;

Rejoice, be happy. You have a loving, forgiving Father who wants you in heaven with him. Praise Him for his marvelous forgiving compassion. You should be happy for you are truly blessed.

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Adam’s comments: This bible study is a reprint. I read the original text many years ago from a sunday school lesson or something, and unfortunately, I have lost the reference materials. Additionally, I have added my own comments over the years. It was not my intent to “copy” or plagiarize another persons bible study. If and when I locate the original text, I will list the bibliography. In His service….. adam

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