The people to whom the writer was addressing himself were having fainting spells…spiritual fainting spells. And much of the Book of Hebrews deals with trying to encourage these Hebrew Christians…trying to cure their disheartenment because of trials, tribulations, sufferings and difficulties that have come their way. Remember chapter 11 is that great faith chapter and the writer there is pointing out to them the example of the great men of faith…their faith was brought out through suffering and trials and adversity.
The Good News - Home. One of the most common mistakes Christians make is to interpret the chastisements of God as condemnation. By definition, chastisement is unpleasant.
The kind of chastisement depends upon the kind of offence and the type of vice. The Arabs would be punished because of fanaticism, the rulers due to oppression, scholars because of envy, the traders due to unfaithfulness and the villagers as a result of ignorance. Since the levels of hell vary, consequently the intensity and severity of the chastisement also vary.
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None of us are going to stand up to form a line to get a good dose of rebuke. Instead, we run from it, hide from it, we are upset when it happens and hold on to our grudges for awhile afterward. Imagine chastisement walking into the building and you duck out the back door to escape it.
Chastisement is an act of God; cross carrying an act of the Christian. When God in love lays the rod to the back of His children He does not ask permission. Chastisement for the believer is not voluntary except in the sense that he chooses the will of God with the knowledge that the will of God includes chastisement.
The Aim of Divine Chastisement. Hebrews And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to children, My son, despise not you the chastening of the Lord…. Hebrews And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to children, My son, despise not you the chastening of the Lord… Whom He loves, He loves so much that He will not let them abide in the lower parts of their nature.
Robert W. June This article will set forth some Biblical truths about the chastening or discipline of the Lord. That is, to chasten them in this life so they will not be condemned with the world 1 Corinthians
No one likes to be chastised. Any child would rather be petted than punished. The children of God are no exception to this rule.
Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to them which are exercised thereby. Psalm Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Proverbs Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.