Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Discipline of God: Heb. 12:4-13


I have been going through a very interesting study of the book of Hebrews by Pastor Broggi, who is a very biblical pastor down in Beaufort, SC. We went to his church when we lived in Beaufort during our travel adventures back in 2004. Thankfully, we can still access his sermons via the internet, cause they are very good! Pastor Broggi's webpage is

Well, I just listened to his exegesis of the passage in Heb's 12 that talks about God's discipline to His children. In order to help me get it to sink into my heart and brain, I am going to put up a series of posts about what I have learned in this sermon. Granted I am no pastor, so I hope I get the gist of his sermon right not only for my benefit, but for whoever is reading this! If you have any thoughts or questions, please feel free to share.

So in this first post, I just want to put out there the verses that were discussed in the sermon, so people who dont have a bible on hand can read them. Then, Lord willing, I hope to get up a new post daily. That's the plan anyway! So here we go (I am including verses 1-3 in as well)

1. Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2. fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 4. You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; 5. and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; 6. For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives." 7. It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8. But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9. Futhermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10. For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. 12. Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13. and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
-Hebrews 12:1-13