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Week 49 Day 6
The Bible is full of stories and word pictures
we learn from the stories and are inspired by them
the word pictures help us understand the concepts
This passage holds a unique word picture about God
not as familiar as most
not particularly liked
maybe we close our minds to it
Here God is portrayed as a loving father in a tough love mode
the word chastening refers to
the appearance of love withheld
Yet every loving parent knows the value
of disciplining a child
it may be unpleasant at the moment
but the end result
is of great benefit to the child
it is not the withdrawal of love
but rather it is a sign of love.
Jesus talked about God as a pruner of trees
but look at the results!
RUN, STRUGGLE, ENDURE
All the while keep your eyes on Jesus
and his unshakeable kingdom.
1Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who
endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at
the right hand of the throne of God.
3Consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners,
lest you become weary and discouraged. 4You have not yet
resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5And have you
forgotten the exhortation: "My son, do not despise the
chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are
rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens."
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons;
for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8But if
you are without chastening, you are illegitimate and not sons. 9We have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father and live? 10They indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11No chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the
peaceable fruit of righteousness to those trained by it.
12Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the
feeble knees, 13and make straight paths for your feet, so that
what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
14Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which
no one will see the Lord: 15looking carefully lest anyone fall
short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing
up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.
18You have not come to the mountain that may be touched
and burned with fire. 21So terrifying was the sight that Moses
said, "I am exceedingly afraid and trembling." 22But you have
come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly
Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23to the
general assembly and church of the firstborn, to God the Judge
of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24to Jesus the
Mediator of the new covenant.
28Since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken,
let us have grace, and serve God with reverence and godly fear. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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