Hebrews studies series

 

Hebrews 12:4-11

GOD’S DISCIPLINE

Hebrews Lesson #26 – A complete lesson

 

·        What methods of correction did your parents use on you?

·        Did your parents only discipline you when you were bad?  When else did they use discipline?

·        According to John MacArthur, there are three kinds of discipline: John MacArthur, MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Hebrews (Chicago, Moody Press, 1983), pp. 385-389 

 

1.     CORRECTIVE – 2 Samuel 12:7-12, 1 Corinthians 11:28-32, 1 John 5:16-17,

      Psalm 89:30-34

2.     PREVENTIVE – 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

3.     INSTRUCTIVE – James 1:2-4, Romans 5:3-5, Job

·        What are some normal reactions for people who are going through the disciplines of trials and chastisement?

 

In this passage of Hebrews I find at least 7 facts about God’s discipline that will help us understand what God is doing and why when He chastens us.

1. GOD PROMISES DISCIPLINE – Vs. 5

 

ð    Verses 5-6 are actually quotes from Proverbs 3:11-12.

ð    The recipients of this letter were experiencing persecution because of the Lord Jesus Christ.

ð    How does remembering God’s Word help us?

ð    Why do we forget God’s Word, and how do we make it more likely that we will not forget it?

ð    Why do we sometimes become “faint” during trials?  How do we keep from becoming faint?

ð    How does it help to know that God promises discipline for true believers?

2. GOD LOVES YOU WHEN YOU ARE DISCIPLINED – Vs. 6

 

V     How does a parent’s discipline indicate his or her love?

V     What would God do if He didn’t love you?

V     “He does not discipline us to grieve us, but to improve us.” Ibid. p. 392

V     “Whatever the experience, we can be sure that His chastening hand is controlled by His loving heart.”  Warren Wiersbe, The Bible Expository Commentary, N.T. Volume 2, (Wheaton, Illinois, Victor Books, 1989), p. 324

3. WE ARE TO ENDURE CHASTENING – Vss. 4, 7a

 

J    What does it mean to “resist unto blood” in verse 4?  Who are some that have?

J    Why should “resisting unto blood” be a very viable option for Christians to take?

J    What does it mean to “endure” in verse 7?  Is it more than survival?

J    What are the first things we should do when trials come our way if we want to more than just survive?

4. CHASTENING INDICATES OUR STANDING WITH GOD – Vss. 7-8

 

Ú   What’s the difference between dealing with your own children and the neighbor’s children when they misbehave?

Ú   Why is our behavior different towards the neighbor kids?

Ú   Why should we be concerned if God never disciplines us?

Ú   What message are you giving a child that God gives to you when you correct him?

5. GOD’S DISCIPLINE IS PERFECT – Vss. 9-10

 

?    When growing up, I feared my Father.  Did you fear yours?  Why?

?    Was your Father always right?  Did that stop you from fearing Him?

?    Psalm 18:30 - As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

?    According to verse 9, what is the secret to abundant life?  Why does it work?

 

Ephesians 5:18 - And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

 

Galatians 5:16 - This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

 

Hebrews 12:28-29 - 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.

 

?    Vs. 10 – How was your parents’ discipline imperfect?

?    What is the purpose of God’s discipline according to this verse?  Why should we be encouraged?

6. GOD’S DISCIPLINE IS TEMPORARY – Vs. 11a

v    What piece of reality is found here?

v    How do the words “for the present” and “afterward” encourage you?

v    How long will every act of God’s discipline last?

7. GOD’S DISCIPLINE IS PROFITABLE – Vs. 11b

 

o       Consider the key words here.  What do they mean?

o       yieldeth

o       “peaceable”

o       “fruit of righteousness”

o       “exercised” (trained)