Pearls of the Word

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You correct man...

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"When with rebukes You correct [yasar] man for iniquity, You make what is dear to him melt away like a moth" (Psalm 39:11).

The Hebrew word yasar speaks of parental education, that is to say discipline, correction and punishment (Deuteronomy 21:18). The equivalent Greek word is paideuo which Hebrews 12:5-11 talks about. Discipline has an education value when applied by parents, especially by the father. And punishment, itself, destroys in us what caused the fault or sin.

Correction is part of education and is a proof of love, "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten" (Revelation 3:19). As a father acts with his son, the Lord acts with us when we sin. So escaping our father's education is no longer regarding ourself as his son (Hebrew 12:8).