. There were two images behind the word. We’re all prone to trust in ourselves, rather than in the Lord. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw [he was] a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. They were sent for this purpose. But because she loved him, she continued his discipline and training. Then in 1921, the Byrams went as missionaries to North Korea where Roy started a hospital. The secularist who thinks of this world only is a fool for not thinking of Christianity, for it confers a benefit in this world as well as in that which is to come. • Discipline makes us live life that is life indeed (cp zoe)! There it is as uncompromising as ever, but half-way up appear two brown fuzzy balls, mere specks at first, that break at last—straight out of last year's thorn—into a blaze of golden glory." Only after the Lord granted permission did David go after them and recover everything (see 1Sa 30:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). By all that is sacred and worthy of desire, the word would have us know and believe that affliction is a blessing. The corn-field, ploughed, harrowed, weeded, storm-swept, snow-covered, shall bear golden sheaves, not only after, but by reason of, such culture. Woodrow Kroll By it He often draws souls away from sin and the world, which would otherwise have perished everlastingly. After a long war, how joyful the proclamation of peace! Still more delightful when we can look back at the warfare and the storm, not as injuries but as blessings; when, however fierce the battle and wild the storm, we can bless God for it all, and testify, That care and trial seem at last, Notice that the "pay back" for disciplining one's self for godliness is not only in this present life but also in the life to come. Looking to Jesus, rise, and run the race. But he also frequently takes the offender through an intense 90-minute session designed to force the student to come to grips with his destructive behavior. Thereafter, Bertha Byram spent a week each year in prayer and fasting, living on "prison fare." Many hours later Mother almost fainted when she opened the basement door and was greeted by billowing clouds of smoke. You cannot have true righteousness without peace, or true peace without righteousness. Gratified wishes, our Father knows, would often be our real curses. Such difficulties hurt for a while, but if we yield to the Lord we will find that life's bruises can mark the beginning of spiritual advances. This reminds me of the way the Lord refines the lives of His children. You cannot have true righteousness without peace, or true peace without righteousness. Grace does not destroy the life of nature, but adds to it a life more excellent; yes, does not only permit, but requires some feeling of afflictions." Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Adam might have remained in Paradise for 16,000 years, and then fallen, but if our life is hid in Christ, how safe! The phrase means, “the peaceful fruit that consists in righteousness.” “Righteousness” (Heb 12:11) is synonymous with “holiness” (Heb 12:10). Ought we to be satisfied to bear only so much as to secure us from being altogether cut away? Able to absorb water through the nicks and scratches they acquired on their downhill plunge, they finally begin to grow. All rights reserved, Related commentary and quotes on suffering and trials - 1 Peter 1:6-, Exposition on how God uses suffering in the life of a saint - 2 Cor 12:9-, Exposition on present pain versus future joy - Matthew 5:10, 11, 12-, Ps 119:165; Isaiah 32:17; Romans 5:3, 4, 5; 14:17; 2Cor 4:17; Gal 5:22,23; Jas 3:17,18. And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. Right living (toward God first, then toward man) is the "fruit" which chastening yields to the yielded saint, the one who is "trainable!" As parents we must have this goal: The Holiest of All). God has a purpose in our heartaches— The suffering you encounter is painful, says the writer, but when the period of distress has ended, you will be able to see results: "a harvest of righteousness and peace." ), if necessary (WHY? Divine trust does not ignore human nature. Figuratively gumnazo means to exercise so as to discipline oneself (in the moral or ethical "gym") or to exercise vigorously, in any way, either the body or the mind. I say, let the sun of prosperity be eclipsed, if that brings me closer to the true light of life. When heavy rains finally bring flash floods, the little seeds are banged against sand, gravel, and rocks as they rush down the slopes. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. What they need is firm, loving, and at times painful discipline. The reason, Paul said, was “so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead” (2Co 1:8, 9). Thus the rod gives wisdom. Where you find darkness, we have light, and where you have light, we have the brilliance of the sun. By nature, we’re all too focused on this life, in spite of the fact that life is a vapor (Jas 4:14). Before I was afflicted I went astray; but now have I kept thy word." Not only does chastening not seem to be joyous, it isn't joyous, but grievous -- that is our experience. After the tempestuous storm, how delightful the clear sky, the calm waters! Affliction shows us more of our own hearts. Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the palsied knees; and make straight paths for your feet. Trained is in the perfect tense indicating a past completed action with ongoing effect and thus speaks of the permanence of their state of training. This is the object of Christ in sending it. When I began spiraling downward emotionally, God didn't intervene, for He knew I needed to reach the end of myself. Should not the process, though painful, be prized for the result? —D. What does discipline do? Tertullian - Oh, happy the servant for whose improvement his Lord is earnest, with whom he deigns to be angry, whom He does not deceive by dissembling admonition" (withholding admonition, and so leading the man to think he needs it not)! Bruce Hunt stood as prisoners in the civil court. Job 5:17 God’s Chastening Jump to: Bible Study Tools • Parallel Bible Verse • Bible Contextual Overview • Bible Verse Review • Bible Cross-References • Gill's Bible Notes • Clarke's Bible Notes • Barnes' Bible Notes And yet it does not ignore the fact that the chastisement causes pain. When David sinned with Bathsheba and murdered her husband, the Lord forgave his sin, but He also took the life of the son that they conceived. Hebrews 12:11 Do Not Grow Weary. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them,] and embraced [them,] and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Now he begins with, “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present.” The Greek more correctly reads, “All chastening…does not seem.” Susannah Wesley, the mother of John and Charles Wesley, raised seventeen children and had these words to say about raising children: “The parent who studies to subdue [self–will] in his child works together with God in the renewing and saving a soul. Wars 3.73), Paul uses gymnazo in his first epistle to Timothy drawing on the athletic metaphor to exhort his young disciple to…, "have nothing to do with (continually refuse, shun, reject) worldly (profane in contrast to sacred, void of piety, opposite of holy that which is set apart to God) fables (myths) fit only for old women. But we have to submit to the program that He prescribes for us. Is there anyone among my readers who feels that his life is not what it should be, whom the cares and troubles of this life have hindered, and who feels half hopeless as to the possibility of running the race as Jesus the Leader would have--let him learn from this word what he needs. He wants for us what's best. I do give thanks, for now I know Hebrews 12 New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB1995) Jesus, the Example. MAX ALDERMAN. 1 But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness 2 for those trained by it. The main point of Heb 12:4–11 is to explain why the readers must endure the disciplinary/educative sufferings which God allows them to experience. When it is not being stretched, it is small and relaxed, but as long as it remains in that shape, it is not doing what it was made to do. The parent who indulges it does the devil’s work, makes religion impracticable, salvation unattainable, and does all that in him lies to damn his child, soul and body forever” (cited in The Journal of John Wesley [Chicago: Moody, n.d.], p. 106). Accept them as a part of your Christian manhood and perfection. Poor sinner, even if there were no heaven and hell, I would recommend to you this religion. Like a loving father, He disciplines us to turn our hearts back to Him and His ways. It says, "Look to his face, not to his hand." In the present verse it means to return, render or yield. Walk by faith and not by sight. It is not uncommon to hear some of God's saints remark, in the very midst of His dealings with them, "I feel it to be no cross at all; I do not feel it an affliction; I am not conscious of any peculiar burden." Pull the "corrupting" weeds (of sin, which stunts our desire for the Word, 1Pe 2:1-note). A leader's own salvation and spiritual progress are protected by humbling adversity. And all the billows of its strife Let Him have His way in your life even if, at the moment, it’s hard to bear. MacDonald wisely concluded, "We can let God take our troubles and make out of them a garment of Christian fortitude which will not only warm our souls but also serve to inspire others.". She said that for a long time she used to have a great deal of pleasure in watching a bird that came to make its nest near her window. He puts it into his refining pot, he heats the coals, and he begins to stir it. Unexplained and tedious now To the church at Laodicea, Jesus said, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent” (Revelation 3:19 NASB). Nancy Monica, however, sported a black eye. The Christian often learns his best lessons about heaven by contrast. 18 # Ex 19.16-22; 20.18-21; Dt 4.11,12; 5.22-27. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it's the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God. ", Affliction, patiently endured, strengthens the habit of confidence in our Father's care, and so we are at peace. But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him:] for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (2) God’s discipline produces the peaceful fruit of righteousness by stripping us of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, and pride. ALL DISCIPLINE FOR THE MOMENT SEEMS NOT TO BE JOYFUL, BUT SORROWFUL: pasa de paideia pros men to paron ou dokei  charas einai alla lupes. But God's discipline is the very thing that will save us from the ruin of our selfish, stubborn ways. Often, In His grace and love, He will remove it. You say to him, “What are you doing? Without God's tough love, where would we be today? James speaks of the fruit of righteousness that comes from times of testing writing…, Consider (aorist imperative - Do this now. He notices that the thing seen is the thing that seems, but the thing believed is the thing that is. And he, leaping up, stood, and began to walk; and he entered into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works or Logos) Sin, suffering, and sanctification are not problems of the mind, but facts of life—mysteries that awaken all other mysteries until the heart rests in God. In the several uses of the term in Hebrews 12:5-11, the translators of the Authorized Version rendered it “chastening,” which is clearly the emphasis of that context. They were curious to know what the Bible said. Our reassurance during tough times is that the farmer's God is our God, "who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance" (Isa 28:29). We lose our proud judgmental spirit and grow in sympathy. If you fight against the discipline, you can be assured that that will not make it disappear. Adam Clarke - Neither correction, wholesome restraint, domestic regulations, nor gymnastic discipline, are pleasant to them that are thus exercised; but it is by these means that obedient children, scholars, and great men are made. Affliction is a means to purify us. It describes the rigorous, strenuous, self-sacrificing training an athlete undergoes. Let us settle it firmly in our minds, that there is a meaning, a 'needs be', and a message from God—in every sorrow that falls upon us. ANOTHER PLACE, ANOTHER TIME, THE SAME GOD - Etty Hillesum was a young Jewish woman living in Amsterdam in 1942. And here most are, who are not exercised--resting in "a name to live," and in the doctrine without the experience. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. The world's definition of joy is therefore virtually synonymous with the definition of happiness, for both "emotions" are dependent on what "happens". trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1Pe 1:6,7+), Paul voices a similar thought in Romans 5 - And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. that can be seen and touched. In this life we may have to wrestle long in the gymnasium. They must obey the training rules and submit to the plans of their coaches and trainers. Suffering a while helps to make us "perfect, to establish, strengthen, settle us. Discipline! —D. That which is lame would, if they continued in their desponding state, go from worse to worse and be put entirely out of joint,--far rather let it be healed. An individual has a choice when you discipline him: either to become bitter or better." As you face disillusionment, take heart! God’s discipline doesn’t always feel good, especially if we fight against it. Each year country women would come to the Bible school in North Korea where Bertha Byram taught a two month course on the Christian life. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Afterward the golden reaping, Ps 5:11; 16:11; 20:5; 27:6; 30:5; 32:11; 33:1, 3; 35:27; 42:4; 43:4; 45:7; 47:1; 48:2; 51:8, 12; 63:7; 65:8, 13; 67:4; 71:23; 81:1; 84:2; 87:7; 89:12; 90:14; 92:4; 95:1; 96:12; 98:4, 8; 105:43; 119:111; 126:6; 132:9, 16; 137:6; 149:5; Rejoice, rejoicing, etc - 43x in Psalms - Ps 2:11; 9:14; 13:4f; 14:7; 16:9; 19:5, 8; 21:1; 30:1; 31:7; 32:11; 33:21; 34:2; 35:9, 15, 19, 24, 26f; 38:16; 40:16; 45:15; 48:11; 51:8; 53:6; 58:10; 63:11; 65:12; 66:6; 68:3; 70:4; 85:6; 89:16, 42; 96:11; 97:1, 8; 106:5; 118:24; 119:14, 162; 149:2). ", How much more in eternity will be understood the meaning of "afterwards"! He saw this as a case of parents obeying their children rather than "Children, obey your parents" (Eph 6:1). The rough, dull diamond would not quarrel with the grinder's tool that enabled it to flash back all the glory of the solar ray, and be a fit ornament for a kingly crown. 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