THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date – 4-7-13
LESSON TITLE: “DISCIPLINE IN THE HOME.”
“So walk in Him… (be) established in the faith… abounding in it with thanksgiving.” Are you established in your faith with true thanksgiving before God?
We thank you this day for joining us for the Living Word program. As always, it is a blessing to have you with us as we together break the bread of life and as we magnify our Creator. You have made the right decision to give this time to God, so let’s all do so with our full hearts and in accordance to His Will.
So, as we continue to focus on God, will you bow with me in prayer.
Well, it is time to join in our first song of the morning. Our first Hymn focuses on the great redemption found through Jesus Christ our Lord. So, won’t you participate with the congregation at this time as we sing together, “Redeemed!”
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Can you believe how fast this year is already flying by? It’s seems like the days just get faster and faster. All this makes me think of what James said about life being like a vapor, appearing only for a little while and then vanishing away. However, despite this fact, we all have so much to be thankful for in our lives. Think of how richly blessed we all are in the country in which we live. And although we all have struggles and trials from time to time in life, we can still find great happiness and comfort in life though Jesus Christ.
No wonder Paul said in Philippians 4:4-6, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God!” What a great passage this is of strength and encouragement. And what precious truths are clarified here by this inspired writer of God.
The reality is, we need to learn to rejoice in the Lord in all things. Why? Because God is real, He is there and He has promised to be with us every step of the way. So whether we’re experiencing joy or sorry, happiness or pain, our God will always pull us through - thus rejoice!
We also notice that Paul says that we should be gentle to all men. What better way can we exemplify Christ than by letting others see Him in our actions, words and deeds. Jesus certainly had a caring and gentle spirit towards all men, and we must learn to imitate this fine characteristic.
Finally, notice that our text encourages us that we need not to worry, but rather we must learn to take all of our needs, wants and requests, before the mighty throne of God. And we know that if we speak to our God in prayer, He hears us and He answers our prayers according to His perfect and complete Will. And all these things we do before God’s throne with “thanksgiving.” For it is only because of Him that all things are possible.
Our God is great, mighty and wondrous and with His help we truly can accomplish all things as He has commanded! So do we show the thankfulness to God for all He has done, is doing and has promised to do for us?
In just a few minutes it will be time to begin our main study of the day. As far as our topic of study, we will again focus on our series entitled, “What Have They Seen In Your House.” Our specific lesson of the morning deals with, “Discipline In The Home.” So please stay with for this study from God’s Word, and at the appropriate time our speaker of the morning will lead us in these thoughts from God’s Word.
As far as our guest speaker, we are happy to have Brother Chuck Northrop with us today. Brother Chuck is a full time instructor at the Bible Institute of Missouri, here in Springfield. We thank him for being with us and we look forward to him guiding our thoughts in just a few minutes. However, before that study, let’s join together in our next song of the morning. The name of this hymn, “Savior Lead Me.”
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By Chuck Northrop
Welcome to our broadcast today we appreciate you so much, and we appreciate your interest in spiritual things, and we appreciate always those that are interested in the study of God’s word. In our series of lessons this past few weeks we have been looking at the home. We have looked at God’s design for the home and for marriage, we looked at the role of women, and we looked at the role of men. Then last week we began looking at the role of children.
This week we want to continue that study and we want to look at the question what about discipline? As we think about children we know that discipline is a very necessary part about it. We have all been to public places whether a restaurant or park or wherever it might be and we have seen children that act as they are suppose to act. We think to ourselves what a blessed family they are and certainly it is a blessed family that are able to get together and enjoy one another’s company and enjoy the things that they are doing together. But we have all also been to restaurants or wherever it might be and we have seen children act irresponsibly. In fact not too long ago I was in a restaurant and these parents let their child sit on the floor and whale the whole time. I couldn’t believe it, now honestly I didn’t think too much about it as far as the child was concerned but I thought to myself you know those parents really don’t know anything about discipline. And if she acts this way the child who is just 3, 4, maybe 5 years old, if that child acts that way at that age what is it going to be like when they are teenagers. If they don’t get a handle on it now they won’t have a handle on it when they are teenagers.
So it is discipline then is a very necessary part of life. I always think about the example of Eli. Eli was a priest in the Old Testament and as the book of 1Samuel begins it talks about a lady names Hannah. Hannah was praying and Eli saw her and then the story changes to talk about Eli and his children. Listen to what God says to Eli in 1Samuel 2:29, he says, “Why do you kick at My sacrifice and My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling place, and honor your sons more than Me, to make yourselves fat with the best of all the offering of Israel My people?” Eli’s children were completely out of hand they were taking advantage of people, they were taking advantages of the sacrifices that were to be given of God, they were taking advantage of women, and on and on the list goes. In chapter 3:13 listen what God said to Samuel, this is the first dream or first revelation that Samuel received. This is what God says concerning this matter, “For I have told him…” that is Eli, “…that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them.” Now I find it interesting in the first comments that God made concerning Eli’s children that He says that Eli did not put the sons above Him. In other words Eli made the sons more important to Him than God Himself. But in the second time he talks about it that Eli did not constrain His sons, in other words Eli did not discipline His children. Sad to say Eli would receive what he had sown, he would reap what he had sown with his children. Sad to say many today we can see that same type of attitude they are going to reap what they have sown.
Now to clarify my role in this lesson today is not to express my opinions for really my opinions matter very little. But my purpose in this lesson is too express what God says concerning this matter of discipline and we are talking about discipline in the home. Now when we think about children the first thing that I always think about is that children are a gift to God and when I think about this again I return to 1Samuel because there is a contrast that is being made there. There in 1Samuel yes we read about Eli, yes we read about Eli’s children but we also learn about Hannah. Now Hannah was barren, and she had gone to the temple to pray and Eli saw her as we mentioned earlier and do you remember what Hannah said? After Samuel was born she said that she had prayed for this child and the Lord granted her wish or her petition. Children are a great blessing from the Lord and we all recognize that and we all realize just how wonderful our children are. I think about Psalm 127:3-5, where the Psalmist wrote, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.” He says Children are a heritage in the Lord, it is what we receive as heirs of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is His reward; it is the reward of God that God has provided for us, those children, and we aught to recognize that. Then I always have found it interesting it says, “Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them…” It is truly a blessing to have children. But not only is it true as far as we as parents are concerned but it is also true for us who are grandparents. Admittedly I didn’t understand my father in law when he said one day that if he knew how much blessing and how many happiness’s and gladness’s that the children and grandchildren had brought to him he would just keep the children. Well, now that I have grown a little bit older I understand what he said. I understand how wonderful those grandchildren are and I understand how great the joy is they bring to us. The Proverb writer said this way in proverbs 17:6, “Children’s Children are the crown of old men, And the glory of children is their father.” They certainly are a crown of us that are older.
With children we also must recognize comes responsibilities. Assuredly parents have responsibilities and we all recognize the responsibilities that we all have. Now we have responsibilities of providing for our children but when I think about provisions I’m not talking about just simply a roof over their head, I’m not talking about dinner at the dinner table, I’m not talking about those physical provisions that we need. We certainly have the responsibility to provide those for our children and any parent that is responsible recognizes that they have the responsibility of providing such things for their children. Dad’s or Mom’s that do not provide such they are being irresponsible and all of us must recognize that. But you know we have more than just simply the responsibility to provide for them physically. We have the responsibility to provide for them mentally as well. To provide an atmosphere where they can grow and mature to provide the various things that deal with good mental health. We need to provide for our children in that way as well. And we need to provide for them spiritually. But in provision of those things in providing for them physically, mentally, and spiritually we need to recognize we need to provide discipline.
Now discipline is part of all aspects of life and we need to provide that for them. Listen to Paul’s word in Ephesians 6: 4, he says, “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Now that word nurture is an interesting word, it actually can be translated discipline or correction or chastening, it is training by act. So it is he said fathers provoke not your children to wrath but bring them up in the discipline or chastening of the Lord, or the correction of the Lord. Now we have several passages that deal with such matters. When I think about such matters like this I think about the book of Proverbs and there are numerous passages that deal with the idea of discipline in the book of Proverbs but not only there but we also have them over in Hebrews 12 and other places as well but consider these examples that I have chosen then from the book of Proverbs. In Proverbs 13:24 Solomon wrote that, “He who spares his rod hates his son, But he that loveth him chastens him betimes.” Now betimes is an old word that we don’t normally use anymore but it means early or promptly and so it is then that we need to discipline our children in a prompt way and we recognize that we must not spare that rod of discipline. Now when we think about that rod of discipline though there are two ways to look at it, sometimes the rod of discipline is used with reference to a literal rod of discipline. My dad used to use a belt and other parents would do the same thing at that time and I can remember how effective that was and certainly there were occasions as a child it was something that motivated me not to do a certain action. Those are necessary contrary to public belief today. But you know there are other forms of discipline than just that rod of discipline because the rod of discipline can be used in a figurative way as well. With reference to discipline that is being done that is with reference to other types of discipline and I remember effectively that kind of discipline as a child myself as well. Sometimes it wasn’t the rod, the literal rod, but nonetheless it was an action of discipline. In Proverbs 19:18 Solomon would go on to say, “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul despair for his crying.” Then Proverbs 22:15, “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child but the rod of correction will drive it far from him.” All of us have seen children act foolishly and act undisciplined but we take that rod of correction and we drive that discipline out from him. Of course all discipline then is not from a literal rod, discipline then teaches really proper actions that a person aught to follow.
Well you know children also have a responsibility in this as well. Let’s continue in Ephesians 6:1-3, Paul wrote, “Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Honor they Father and Mother which is the first commandment with promise, that it may be well with thee and that thou mayeth live on the earth.” And again the Proverb writer had something to say about this as well. He said in Proverbs 1:8, “My son hear the instruction of thy father, forsake not the law of thy mother.” And it is to our benefit that we follow our father and our mother’s instruction. So that is why Paul then exhorted children obey your parents in the Lord. It is always right for children to obey their parents in the Lord. You know when Paul came to the end of his life and he warned of perilous times to come. In 2Timothy 3:1-5, he gave a list of various sins that were taking place and among them of knowing the perilous times have come upon us he said notice disobedience to parents. Well, it is certainly a sign of our times as well where children are completely out of hand and running ramped doing all kinds of things and are disobedient to parents. We need to discipline our children.
In this life there are few things greater and more joyous than to have obedient children. Think about for a moment being together with your children, and with your wife, and with your family, and everybody get together, and everybody enjoy one another’s company, and everybody behaving like they aught to behave. There are few things in this life that bring more joy than an occasion like that. But there are few things more discouraging, more despairing, than to see your own children living wickedly. You know the reality is this; disciplined children live disciplined adult lives. Parents love your children and discipline them promptly. Thank you for your time and thank you for listening.
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Thanks be to God that He has given us a clear design for our homes. Especially in relationship to how we should train up and discipline our children. May we always realize that discipline is about love, care and guidance; having God as our true standard.