Trials & Disciplines
The purposes of chastisement are many, but may be classified under the following seven heads:
Ⅰ. Illuminative. To discover faults and failings. “ I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement” (Deut.11:2).
Ⅱ. Preventative. To keep from failure and self exaltation. “ God hath seen mine affliction, and the labour of my hands, and rebuked (chastened) thee yesternight” (Gen.31:42).
Ⅲ. Instructive. To cause us to know His way and will. “ The prophecy his mother taught him” (Prov.31:1)
Ⅳ. Curative. To prevent us from failing, where we have failed before. “Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver……thus she was reproved” (Gen.20:16).
Ⅴ. Corrective. To drive away that which is not helpful. “ Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” (Prov.22:15).
Ⅵ. Illustrative. To let others see the divine grace and patience exemplified in us. “ Happy is the man whom God correcteth; therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty” (Job 5:17).
Ⅶ. Punitive. To punish for misdeed or disobedience. “ To deliver such an one unto Satan” (1.Cor.5:5).
── F.E. Marsh《Five Hundred Bible Readings》