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Under Gods Command

Luke 12:47-48 The servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Here is one that hits home Hard, and we wonder why we got so many issues in our life, it’s because some of us know better. How many times we tell our children “You know better than that “and spank them on the backside, especially after you already given instructions. Same goes for us today with the Lord. We know better! So once someone brings something to our attention that we are doing wrong, we need to Pray and ask God to take it away. Something’s are easy, but some need the power of God because of our weakness, but we have to give it to him.

Jesus has told us how to live until he comes: we must watch for him, work diligently, and obey his commands. Such attitudes are especially necessary for leaders. Watchful and faithful leaders will be given increased opportunities and responsibilities. The more resources, talents, and understanding we have, the more we are responsible to use them effectively. God will not hold us responsibly for gifts he has not given us, but all of us have enough gifts and duties to keep us busy until Jesus returns.

Lets Bring it Home: Once God had told you, be prepared for more blows in your life for not being obedient to His word. And we wonder why we have so many issues in our life.

Under Gods Command
Proverbs 23:13,14 – Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. (14) Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.

Corporal punishment for children is a mandate from heaven. It is not an option, suggestion, or theory. Its purpose is simple – save children from unnecessary death. Any person debating or opposing this mandate is an accomplice in child murder, for he is rejecting the best means of saving children’s lives! Let God be true, but every man a liar!

The correction described here is corporal punishment of children, for it is the use of a rod on children. Our grandparents understood it well, for spanking was obvious to their sober minds. The rod had much to do with the former greatness of America and the tranquility of its society. Let the Britannica Encyclopedia (14th Edition) comfort the feebleminded:

FLOGGING has been one of the most universally utilized methods of punishing public crimes, as well as a means of preserving family, domestic, military and academic discipline.

The instruction from God and Solomon is not to withhold this form of correction from children. It must be administered to save their lives, and it should be done early (13:24 19:18). It is the mark of true love (3:12 13:24) for parents with a great desire for their children’s futures will want to drive the foolishness out of their hearts (22:15) (29:15-17).

Parents rejecting the rod hate their children and cause them harm. Any sentimental drivel is irrelevant, for their actions prove disregard for their children’s future. Sober obedience to authority saves lives; but grounding them or withholding an allowance will not train it.

How can children die? A thousand ways! Suicide is self-murder by un-ruled emotion! Undisciplined children disobey speed limits, drug laws, gun laws, and police authority. They flaunt anger, envy, and pride, which can cause fatal conflicts. Undisciplined children violate marital and other sacred trusts, which can bring murder or public execution. Of course, Solomon wrote under a government practicing capital punishment!

But there are other ways to die. Some jobs are dead end, because an untrained child never learned to obey authority and get along with others. Some marriages are dead, because the child’s inherent selfishness destroyed their spouse. Other relationships can die as well (Luke 15:24). A soul can practically die from pain and trouble caused by his foolishness.

Corporal punishment consistently and lovingly administered will prevent these different ways people die. Turning a person back to truth saves a soul from death and hides a multitude of sins (James 5:19-20). God has spoken; this issue is not debatable (Ps 119:128)