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.

                                           Hebrews 12


    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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