We say that the Bible is without error, and it says that it is profitable for practical truth to guide, reprove, fix, and equip you. So why don’t we run to it practically on a daily basis to see what is says about our current life problems?
Perhaps you are like me and don’t like being reproved! Well, get used to it. ALL, yes, ALL scripture will reprove. Just think of it as a loving father’s tool to show us how much he loves us by giving us light spankings of truth from time to time. So if you don’t like reproof, “so let a man examine himself in order to not need spankings.” I Corinthians 11;31
Perhaps you just are not sure how to begin.
First write out what you want to know, admit you lack wisdom (James 1,5), brace yourself to listen to truth you might not like, and agree to agree with God no matter what he says.
Example: what does God say about spanking children?
Next, think of any words that might be related to the question. In this case: discipline spanking, scourging, chastening, and punishment pop into mind.
Next think of any stories in the bible that fit the question.
Now go to work looking up the words and stories. You should have a concordance that uses words that you are familiar with. I was raised on the KJV and so am comfortable with words such as chastening, although I am still not comfortable with being chastened. It often helps to start with a concordance arranged by topic. Under DISCIPLINE I find in my topical:
A Needed to:
1.produce understanding Proverbs 10 13
2.,Drive out foolishness Proverbs 22:15,
3. Deliver from Sheol Proverbs 23 13 &14,
4.Produce obedience Proverbs 19:18,
5. Develop reverence Hebrews 12: 8-10
1. Without anger Ephesians 6:4
2. In love Hebrews 12:5-7
Already we are out to a good start. It is important to gather an overview of the subject before drawing conclusions. God hides his truth from superficial seekers by chopping it up and spreading it throughout the Word. He is very balanced and we must gather all the parts before we look at the big picture.
I remember when my son asked me when he was about 3, “Do you love me Daddy?”
I naturally responded, “yes, very much, Son.” He then asked, “even when you spank me?”
I replied, “Especially then son.”
“What? You love to spank me?”
“No son. But that is what proves I love you so much, when I do what I don’t want to, but know will help you.”
1.sonship Proverbs 3.11-12
2.God’s love Deuteronomy 8.5
Design of, to:
1. correct Jeremiah 24.5,6
2.prevent sin 2 Corinthians 12.7-9
3. bless Psalms 94.12,13
1.Penitence 2 Chronicles 6 24-31
2. Submission 2 Corinthians 12.7-10
Looking up individual words we find:
- DISCIPLINE Job 36. 10
- SPANKING : no verses, oh well! it is good to write out all the words we can think of and check. Remember we must dig for everlasting truth just as a gold miner digs for gold that perishes.
- SCOURGE, nothing, yes but look around nearby and you will find scourgeth with Hebrews 12.6 which applies.
- CHASTENING, there are 10 references, but look around, chasten has 6 chastenest 1 , chasteneth 5, chastisement 5,chastened 8 and chasten 6.
- PUNISH This word, as you study will clearly not apply to raising children.
Next it is important to use a cross reference Bible which suggests verses that expand on the topic. You would eventually find that God turns fathers’ hearts to the children and that a father is to raise his children in the nurture and advise of the Lord and the Word and not stir them up to rage.
Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Next you need to think of pertinent Bible stories that apply, such as what happened to Eli and his boys when he didn’t discipline them.
Now try to review all the pieces and pull together a balanced report of what God says, but be aware that He will continue to reveal more and more from his infinite word as you grow and mature in life. Remember, HE IS and he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
LORD HELP ME TO GO TO YOUR WORD AND REMEMBER THAT THERE WAYS THAT SEEM RIGHT BUT LEAD TO DEATH, AND THEN THERE ARE YOUR WAYS SPELLED OUT IN YOUR WORD.