Embracing Biblical Methods: The Rod What are the first words that come to your mind when you hear 'the rod'? What are the ...
Negative Image: Rod = Oppression Isa 9:4 “ For as in the day of Midian's defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens ...
 
The Rod in Scripture <ul><li>The Hebrew word is “shebet”
Pronounced sh ě  v ě t' </li></ul>
Like Chevette... but different
The Rod:  Shebet  in Scripture <ul><li>Originally  used primarily for 'clan' or 'tribe' </li><ul><li>Eg., Ex 28:21 “...  a...
A 'branch' of the family tree </li></ul><li>Eventually a 'sign' of family authority </li><ul><li>Gen 49:10 “ The  scepter ...
The Rod:  Shebet  in Scripture <ul><li>Finally, a means of implementing authority </li><ul><li>Psa 89:32 “ I will punish t...
Family authority
Implement of authority </li></ul></ul>
The Rod:  Shebet  in Scripture <ul><li>Finally, a means of implementing authority </li><ul><li>Psa 89:32 “ I will punish t...
Family authority
Implement of authority </li></ul></ul>
The Biblical Rod is a  Positive  Image <ul><li>Psa 23:4 “ Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I ...
Psa 45:6 “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a  scepter  of justice will be the  scepter  of your kingdom.”
The peace and comfort of God comes with the shebet </li></ul>
The Purpose of the Rod <ul><li>Prov 22:15 “ Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the  rod  of discipline will dr...
Prov 23:13―14 “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the  rod , he will not die.  Punish him wit...
Important points </li><ul><li>“ Folly” is our inborn self-centeredness
Goal is to “save his soul from death” </li></ul></ul>
Experience the Rod: A Bibical Issue <ul><li>Heb 12:4—12 begins its discussion of discipline quoting Prov 3:11—12
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A study of biblical discipline and it's goal of restoring the relationships between child, parent, and God.

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The Rod 2

  1. 1. Embracing Biblical Methods: The Rod What are the first words that come to your mind when you hear 'the rod'? What are the first words that come to your mind when you hear 'discipline'?
  2. 2. Negative Image: Rod = Oppression Isa 9:4 “ For as in the day of Midian's defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod ( shebet ) of their oppressor.” Psa 125:3 “ The scepter ( shebet ) of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil. ”
  3. 4. The Rod in Scripture <ul><li>The Hebrew word is “shebet”
  4. 5. Pronounced sh ě v ě t' </li></ul>
  5. 6. Like Chevette... but different
  6. 7. The Rod: Shebet in Scripture <ul><li>Originally used primarily for 'clan' or 'tribe' </li><ul><li>Eg., Ex 28:21 “... a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes . ”
  7. 8. A 'branch' of the family tree </li></ul><li>Eventually a 'sign' of family authority </li><ul><li>Gen 49:10 “ The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet...” </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. The Rod: Shebet in Scripture <ul><li>Finally, a means of implementing authority </li><ul><li>Psa 89:32 “ I will punish their sin with the rod , their iniquity with flogging ” </li></ul><li>Notice the progression </li><ul><li>Family
  9. 10. Family authority
  10. 11. Implement of authority </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. The Rod: Shebet in Scripture <ul><li>Finally, a means of implementing authority </li><ul><li>Psa 89:32 “ I will punish their sin with the rod , their iniquity with flogging ” </li></ul><li>Notice the progression </li><ul><li>Family
  12. 13. Family authority
  13. 14. Implement of authority </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. The Biblical Rod is a Positive Image <ul><li>Psa 23:4 “ Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
  15. 16. Psa 45:6 “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.”
  16. 17. The peace and comfort of God comes with the shebet </li></ul>
  17. 18. The Purpose of the Rod <ul><li>Prov 22:15 “ Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.”
  18. 19. Prov 23:13―14 “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod , he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.”
  19. 20. Important points </li><ul><li>“ Folly” is our inborn self-centeredness
  20. 21. Goal is to “save his soul from death” </li></ul></ul>
  21. 22. Experience the Rod: A Bibical Issue <ul><li>Heb 12:4—12 begins its discussion of discipline quoting Prov 3:11—12
  22. 23. Heb 12:11―12, “ No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.” </li></ul>
  23. 24. A World Without the Rod <ul><li>What would a world without 'the rod of discipline' look like? </li></ul>
  24. 25. A World Without the Rod <ul><li>What would a world without 'the rod of discipline' look like?
  25. 26. Prov 29:15 “ The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother. ” </li></ul>
  26. 27. Wielding the Rod We cannot be indifferent to methodology. Biblically, the method is as important as the objectives. God speaks to both issues. He is concerned not only with what we do, but also with how we do it. Shepherding a Child's Heart, p. 80
  27. 28. Guidelines <ul><li>Everyone must know the ground rules
  28. 29. Strive to relate scripture
  29. 30. Strive to show the eventual results of the action
  30. 31. Consider your child's character
  31. 32. Consider your child's heart
  32. 33. Restore YOUR relationship! </li></ul>
  33. 34. Everyone must know the ground rules
  34. 35. Strive to relate scripture <ul><li>Lying: “I am the way, the truth, and the life...”
  35. 36. Rude to peers: “Let us make him in our image, them in our likeness”
  36. 37. Demanding, “Love is patient, love is kind, ...”
  37. 38. Goal: become an agent of God's work in your child </li></ul>
  38. 39. Strive to show the results of the sin <ul><li>How will lying effect your relationship with Mom and Dad?
  39. 40. How will your friends react if you speak that way to them?
  40. 41. What do we say about God when we demand what we want? </li></ul>
  41. 42. Character and Heart <ul><li>Is this a violation of a well-known rule or a childish reaction to a new situation?
  42. 43. Could your child “connect the dots”?
  43. 44. Do he do this regularly?
  44. 45. Is she characterized by it?
  45. 46. What motivation of the heart led to the action? </li></ul>
  46. 47. The energy behind our discipline must be love for God and love for our children. Our motive in discipline should be restoration not retribution. Shepherding a Child's Heart Teacher Handbook , p. 97
  47. 48. Forms of the Rod <ul><li>Natural consequences
  48. 49. Spanking
  49. 50. Vinegar
  50. 51. Reflective timeout... and discussion after
  51. 52. Reimbursement </li></ul>
  52. 53. A Warning for The Rod <ul><li>Isa 10:5, 15 “ Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath! … Does the ax raise itself above him who swings it, or the saw boast against him who uses it? As if a rod were to wield him who lifts it up, or a club brandish him who is not wood!”
  53. 54. If, like Assyria, we are to be the agents of the Lord's discipline to His children, we must go about it His way. </li></ul>
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