Lesson for September 17, 2016.

WHOM THE LORD LOVETH HE CHASTISETH

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:1-13.

Memory Verse: Hebrews 12:7.

  1. How does God deal with those He loves? Hebrews 12:5.
  2. How will God regard us if we benefit by chastisements? Hebrews 12:6-9.
  3. What is God’s goal in correcting His people? Hebrews 12:10,11.

NOTE: The chastisement of the Lord is like the fire that purifies gold, the flames of correction will burn out the dross in our lives if we will let Him do His work in us.

  1. When chastised what must we do? Revelation 3:19.
  2. What outstanding Bible character profited by chastisement? Jonah 1:1.
  3. What work was he to do, and how did he respond? Jonah 1:2,3.
  4. How did God deal with this man? Jonah 1:17. What resulted? Jonah 3:3,5.
  5. What similar experience did Saul have? Acts 9:1-4.
  6. What was he driven to inquire? Acts 9:5,6.

NOTE: No doubt Saul, who was an honest man even before his conversion, could not understand at the moment why the hand of God was upon him. So today we may not know why trials come or great disappointments, yet by faith we know Christ is preparing us as jewels to shine in His Kingdom.

  1. In Paul’s closing days what beautiful words was he able to say? 2 Timothy 4:6-8.
  2. Where does tribulation lead the true ones? Romans 5:3-5.
  3. While living close to Jesus, what could Paul say? 2 Corinthians 7:4.

NOTE: To be exceedingly joyful in tribulation was the testimony Paul could give. He came a long way in his Christian experience since he met Christ on the Damascus road, and he learned, through his persecution and hardships, valuable spiritual lessons which benefit the children of God even today.

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