Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 23:13-14 which say:
“Do not withhold discipline from a child;
if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
14 Punish them with the rod
and save them from death.”
Verse 13 says that if you punish a child then it isn’t going to harm the child, but instead it should help them. Disciplining a child will help them to better understand the ways of God. Proverbs 22:6 says:
“Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
But there is one way that God showed His love more than ever. He sent His son to take the punishment for our sin. Now we are God’s children, and He disciplines us so that we grow in Him. Hebrews 12:6 says:
“because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
God loved us so much that He sent His son to die for us. He made us His children, and now He corrects us to follow His ways.
Verse 14 says tells us that if we punish our children with the rod (in our time that would be a spanking) we will save them from death! Before I get into how this is possible I want you to know that it doesn’t mean real physical death, instead it means spiritual and eternal death. But how can this happen? Because if we punish our children then they will learn discipline, they will learn not to do wrong, and that is the starting point of saving them.
But just punishing your child’s bad behavior isn’t going to save them from death! You must do more than that. To save anyone from a spiritual death you must share the Gospel with them! You see, no matter if anyone is disciplined, we still sin; that sin deserves death. And we would have died because of our sins, but God loved us. He loved us so much that instead of taking out His wrath on us; He sent a sacrifice in our place.
God sent His one and only son, Jesus, as an atonement for our sins! That is how much He loved us; enough that He would send His son as a sacrifice in our place. Jesus, the son of God and God Himself, came down as an atonement for our sins!
Just disciplining your children will not save them from eternal death, but if you share the Gospel with them, and they accept Jesus as their savior, then they will be saved! Praise the Lord!
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland