Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Oh. So it's like a HolyTimeOut, so to speak

Marching on through my chapter in Deut...

Deuteronomy Chapter 8 verse 5 (NKJV)


"So you should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son,
so your Lord God chastens you."

Another mention of the word 'chastens', appears in the book of Hebrews.

Hebrews 12:6 (NKJV)

6 "For whom the LORD loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”[a]

Here is the original verse from Deuteronomy Chapter 8, as translated in the Message.

"You learned deep in your heart that God disciplines you
in the same ways a father disciplines his child."

Here it is in Hebrews. I have included the verses that come before and after for context and additional clarification (for myself, obviously; I have no doubt that any readers of this blog are quick studies).

Hebrews 12:3-5 The Message

"Or have you forgotten how good parents treat children,
and that God regards you as his children?
My dear child, don't shrug off God's discipline, but don't be crushed by it either.

It's the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects.
God is educating you; that's why you must never drop out.
He's treating you as dear children.

This trouble you're in isn't punishment; it's training, the normal experience of children.
Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves.
Would you prefer an irresponsible God?

We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us,
so why not embrace God's training so we can truly live?
While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them.
But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God's holy best.

At the time, discipline isn't much fun.
It always feels like it's going against the grain.
Later, of course, it pays off handsomely,
for it's the well-trained who find themselves
mature in their relationship with God."

Ummm yeah. So.

OK, God...what's your point? (hysterical fake laughing and knee-slapping)

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