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THE BOOK OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 12:5-14 (21 of 24)
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:
This is an interesting verse. The verb, "forgotten" is
in a tense that indicates that some of these
PROFESSING believers, who were in danger of apostasy,
were completely forgetful of God’s instruction
concerning chastening. They did not look at Christ
example and they completely forgot what the Word told
them to do concerning chastening. This verse also
implies directly and indirectly that the persecutions
that they experienced, to some degree, were also
corrective in nature. The trials and sufferings were
not only there as a means of training them, but
correcting wrong behavior in some of them. They had
forgotten the exhortation. They had forgotten the
comfort of the Scriptures as well as its admonition.
This is another reason why there is so much turmoil
during trials and suffering for Christ sake. We forget
the scriptures. We forget that God is responsible for
allowing the process of trials to help us. Look
carefully at the verse again (vs. 5 read). Now notice
the words, "which speaketh unto you." This is as clear
as you can get that it is the WRITTEN word of God that
CONTINUES TO SPEAK TO THE CHRISTIAN. The notion that
God is speaking audibly and verbally apart from His
word is nonsense. God’s word continues to speak to the
reader, whether the truth is from the Old Testament,
which is what he’s quoting here, or the New Testament.
Now it’s one thing to forget, it’s quite another to
despise God’s chastening. This word, chastening, means
to, "take something lightly." The quotation is taken
from Proverbs 3:11-12 and in that passage, Solomon is
warning his son about the danger of not heeding to
God’s corrective process. The word, chastening,
encompasses al ...
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