Undisciplined children

Parents,

Proverbs 13:18 – [Pro 13:18 KJV] 18 Poverty and shame [shall be to] him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

Children who choose to disregard instruction face shame (correction consequences) and poverty (lack of knowledge and lack of learning) both of which shows in the final assessments (grades). Children who choose to listen and exercise self-control need only to be told once and learn. They too face consequences; honor, for as they are able to listen they learn, they have knowledge and they apply it. In the final assessments (grades) it shows. They are honored in many ways one of which is the honor roll. They are also developing into individuals who will succeed at what they do. It is a choice. When we block the natural consequences, we harm them. We teach them self-control is not important, it will be overlooked time and again and they become adults who if they make any gains make them at the expense of others, for that is what they have learned. Forbearing one another, treating one another with kindness, preferring one another is foreign to them. They have been catered to and believe that is how it should be. What and how are we teaching our children? My experience in the classroom says we are not following scripture. My experience in the classroom says we are spoiling the child. Our natural love gets in the way of what is best for the child. It is hard to discipline a wayward child. They are cute, they are ours, they are masters at manipulation, they persevere till they get what they want,

[Pro 22:15 KJV] 15 Foolishness [is] bound in the heart of a child; [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

That rod can come in many forms. It does not always have to be corporal punishment. It is a rod of correction, it is reproof, it teaches consequences, it follows God’s Word. Time to take a close look at what we are doing to prepare our children for their future.

Consequences of foolish counsel…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 19:11-15

  The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish;

the wisest counselors of Pharaoh

give stupid counsel.

How can you say to Pharaoh,

“I am a son of the wise,

a son of ancient kings”?

 Where then are your wise men?

Let them tell you

that they might know what the LORD of hosts has purposed against Egypt.

 The princes of Zoan have become fools,

and the princes of Memphis are deluded;

those who are the cornerstones of her tribes

have made Egypt stagger.

 The LORD has mingled within her

a spirit of confusion,

and they will make Egypt stagger in all its deeds,

 as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.

  And there will be nothing for Egypt

that head or tail, palm branch or reed,

may do.

When foolish counsel is given and heeded there can no good come from it.

“…The princes of Zoan have become fools,

and the princes of Memphis are deluded; …”

These are those to give counsel to Pharoah, the head of the people.  We have the same.  Advisors to our leaders who are foolish and delusional.  God’s word says when these are heeded and their advice is followed:

“…there will be nothing…

that head or tail, palm branch or reed,

may do. …”

Consequences of poor advice, advice that is given based upon man’s abilities and pride, when followed will come.  Those consequences are given over and over in scripture.  The unbeliever has no recourse.

For the believer there are many promises of provision, refuge, care, love given by God to his people.  Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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consequences bring change…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 13:19-22

And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms,
    the splendor and pomp of the Chaldeans,
will be like Sodom and Gomorrah
   when God overthrew them.

It will never be inhabited
   or lived in for all generations;
no Arab will pitch his tent there;
       no shepherds will make their
     flocks lie down there.

But wild animals will lie down there,
      and their houses will be full of howling creatures;
There ostriches will dwell,
          and there wild goats will dance.
Hyenas will cry in its towers,
        and jackals in the pleasant palaces;
its time is close at hand
              and its days will not be prolonged.

What can we take away from this? When we are so full of ourselves we no longer recognize or give credit to our Creator, we face the consequences of our actions, attitudes, words and deeds. Those consequences were told us at the very beginning of creation. We lose everything even when we think we have gained everything. Our only hope lies in Christ and Him alone. We die with Him to this world and rise with Him to new life. And the new begins a change even in the old. Our desires change, our view of life changes, we treat one another with love and respect, we honor our God at all times and begin to see that in all things we are being taught by Him. We can live in the middle of death. We can love in the midst of hate. We can grow while others diminish. And it isn’t our doing; it is the Lord!

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Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it,

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 10:15-19

 Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it,

 or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it?

 As if a rod should wield him who lifts it,

or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!

 Therefore the Lord GOD of hosts will send wasting sickness among his stout warriors,

and under his glory a burning will be kindled,

 like the burning of fire.

 The light of Israel will become a fire,

 and his Holy One a flame,

 and it will burn and devour

his thorns and briers in one day.

 The glory of his forest and of his fruitful land

 the LORD will destroy,

 both soul and body,

and it will be as when a sick man wastes away.

  The remnant of the trees of his forest will be so few

that a child can write them down.

Narrow is the way and few there be that find it – Jesus

A mighty nation made up of many nations is likened to a forest of many trees.  The king who was used to punish Israel is compared to an axe in God’s hands used as an instrument of judgment.  And the axe begins to boast of its strength…

Do we not fully realize who God is?  Would we as the axe and rod in this passage elevate ourselves over the one who created us?  The king became arrogant and haughty, taking credit for what had been accomplished; the conqueror of many nations.  Did he not know God?  Did he not realize who it was that used him for His will?  Perhaps not, perhaps so.  Either way he was not now giving credit to the God who made him strong but taking credit for his own strength.  God now turns to him and requires of him an accounting.  We cannot boast of our own deeds as if we were responsible for our accomplishments without honoring the one who gave us the abilities to do what we have done.  Did we create ourselves?

And now, God levies that same judgment against the king who was used to deliver God’s punishment against Israel.  The message is quite clear; God hates and does not tolerate haughtiness and arrogance.  There is a spiritual law at work here.  There are consequences for breaking laws.  Jump from a high place; we will go down and suffer harm.  Would we the created count ourselves greater than the Creator?  There are consequences that follow such an attitude, such behavior.

We can learn from this.  We can be sure to honor our Creator and Savior.  We can be grateful for the graces and gifts he has given us.  We serve an awesome God who is capable of mighty things; who has set in motion laws of nature and spirit that we at times cannot fathom.  We can know and honor who He is and what He does.  We can be aware of His love and mercy to those who acknowledge Him.

Will we be the remnant who stand, who will not compromise, who will acknowledge the God of the universe and will remain true to Him giving Him honor and glory, receiving His grace.

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Webs of deception…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Ezra 10:16-44

  Then the returned exiles did so. Ezra the priest selected men, heads of fathers’ houses, according to their fathers’ houses, each of them designated by name. On the first day of the tenth month they sat down to examine the matter;  and by the first day of the first month they had come to the end of all the men who had married foreign women.

  Now there were found some of the sons of the priests who had married foreign women: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib, and Gedaliah, some of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brothers.  They pledged themselves to put away their wives, and their guilt offering was a ram of the flock for their guilt.   Of the sons of Immer: Hanani and Zebadiah.   Of the sons of Harim: Maaseiah, Elijah, Shemaiah, Jehiel, and Uzziah.  Of the sons of Pashhur: Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethanel, Jozabad, and Elasah.  

 Of the Levites: Jozabad, Shimei, Kelaiah (that is, Kelita), Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer.  Of the singers: Eliashib. Of the gatekeepers: Shallum, Telem, and Uri.

   And of Israel: of the sons of Parosh: Ramiah, Izziah, Malchijah, Mijamin, Eleazar, Hashabiah, and Benaiah.  Of the sons of Elam: Mattaniah, Zechariah, Jehiel, Abdi, Jeremoth, and Elijah.   Of the sons of Zattu: Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, Jeremoth, Zabad, and Aziza.   Of the sons of Bebai were Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and Athlai.  Of the sons of Bani were Meshullam, Malluch, Adaiah, Jashub, Sheal, and Jeremoth.   Of the sons of Pahath-moab: Adna, Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezalel, Binnui, and Manasseh.   Of the sons of Harim: Eliezer, Isshijah, Malchijah, Shemaiah, Shimeon,  Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariah.  Of the sons of Hashum: Mattenai, Mattattah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, and Shimei.   Of the sons of Bani: Maadai, Amram, Uel, Benaiah, Bedeiah, Cheluhi,   Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib,   Mattaniah, Mattenai, Jaasu.  Of the sons of Binnui: Shimei, Shelemiah, Nathan, Adaiah,  Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,  Azarel, Shelemiah, Shemariah, Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph.   Of the sons of Nebo: Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jaddai, Joel, and Benaiah.

  All these had married foreign women, and some of the women had even borne children.

There is a place in scriptures that talks of the sins of the fathers affecting the children.  What a hard place to be!  However, history shows how this intimate relationship among God’s people time and again eroded their relationship with God.  It brought judgment, pain, and destruction.  Can we learn from the past?  We cannot have intimate relationships with that which God has commanded abstinence from;  whatever it may be.  Can we  see that it is for our own protection and the protection of our relationship with Him?  Our relationship with God is paramount.  Knowledge is the key.  Did these men not know scripture?  We have free access to God’s Word; we can know truth and what is righteous.  They had it available and disobeyed.  It caused them pain to make their relationship with God right.  Let us not be caught in the same web of deception!

webs of deception entangle

webs of deception entangle

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There are consequences…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Ezra 10:1-5

 While Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children, gathered to him out of Israel, for the people wept bitterly.   And Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, of the sons of Elam, addressed Ezra: “We have broken faith with our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land, but even now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.  Therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all these wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God, and let it be done according to the Law. Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.”  Then Ezra arose and made the leading priests and Levites and all Israel take an oath that they would do as had been said. So they took the oath.

Be sure the consequences of sin, of turning aside from the commands of God to follow our own way, will be hard to bear.  We can rejoice that what Christ did for us is done.  We can rejoice that we have forgiveness and redemption.  But be sure we too, will suffer consequences of sin as surely as we would suffer consequences of pain were we to defy the law of gravity!  However, our God is faithful to take us through the pain to new life as all who have traveled that road can testify!

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Rejoicing at another’s loss?….never

Ezekiel 25:1-6

The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them. 3 Say to the Ammonites, ‘Hear the word of the Lord GOD! Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because you said, ‘Aha!’ against My sanctuary when it was profaned, and against the land of Israel when it was desolate, and against the house of Judah when they went into captivity, 4 indeed, therefore, I will deliver you as a possession to the men of the East, and they shall set their encampments among you and make their dwellings among you; they shall eat your fruit, and they shall drink your milk. 5 And I will make Rabbah a stable for camels and Ammon a resting place for flocks. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.”

6 ‘For thus says the Lord GOD: “Because you clapped your hands, stamped your feet, and rejoiced in heart with all your disdain for the land of Israel, 7 indeed, therefore, I will stretch out My hand against you, and give you as plunder to the nations; I will cut you off from the peoples, and I will cause you to perish from the countries; I will destroy you, and you shall know that I am the LORD.”

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Take away: It is not possible to come against God’s people anywhere without a paying a penalty.  Take this to the very basic level and we find one who is rejoicing over another’s shame and destruction.  Love the Lord and you neighbor leaves no room for joy over another’s fall.  Though we suffer extreme pain at the hands of another,  the love of God needs to shine through.  Jerusalem crucified Jesus, he knew they would, yet he cried over them.  God does not will that any should perish.  Our own actions bring on us the consequences for those actions.  Therefore, may our actions and words always give evidence to the love God has placed in our hearts.  May we learn not to take offense, but rather to look on the other with sorrow for the extreme lack in their life of a love they could have chosen.