Chapter 12 is another fantastic chapter in the book of Hebrews. The author has done some chastisement in the previous chapters and now he explains the reasoning for that and how precious the chastisement of the Lord is.
The worst scenario in life, in my opinion, is to live like a fool. To think, be convinced, that all is well.
Therefore, I love the chastisement of the Lord! I would rather be chastised than not. I would rather be scolded than not. I would rather be set straight then left to wander a miss.
What a great example that is mentioned here, that we (as parents) chastise our own children for our own pleasure. But God's chastisement if for our PROFIT.
Any Christians desire is to be close to the Lord, and as mentioned in verse 10, the path that leads into being partakers of the Lord's holiness is chastisement.
Cherish it, because it will bring you close to the Lord.
We must persevere in our purpose
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Well....I'm sure I'm not alone in this...it's hard to be chastised but it's sooooo good to go on the correct path when you think of Jesus and living in Heaven forever, it all becomes so easy to do
How precious is the Lord that he loves us so much that he has to chastise us .
It hurts to be chastise but in the end it puts us on the right path . Thankful that he wants us on the right path. Thank you Jesus keep me on the straight path.
Bro Garrett, your words are so true... living like a fool, thinking all is well when walking on the wrong pathway. Oh Lord, please show me so I can make it right! How precious is the chastisement of the Lord.
Verse 15 reminds me of what the Pastor requested that we do in our prayer "closet"." Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled". Instead of allowing the "root of bitterness" to take hold, the Pastor sent word "ask God what is wrong so you can fix it". There is nothing EASY about doing such a thing. But as this chapter points out it will be to our PROFIT.
I , too, am so thankful for God's intervention in every aspect of my life. Not just the spiritual, but the mental framework of thought, the emotional dilemmas and physical (tangible) part. Yes, Bro. Garrett, we would indeed be so limited in our scope of a relationship with the Master if it were not for His correction.
Jeff cried when he had to spank our boys. I would JEFF don’t let them see you. I’m sure the Lord weeps for us too but it’s got to be done to learn right from wrong. These verses are so special, like the Lord it right here with me telling me all about life. I’ll never forget our precious Bro. Kiggins telling me as a young teen, if I could just read one verse every day. He knew the more I read the more I would want to read and learn Gods ways.