Scripture Reading: Hebrews 2
Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word.66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
Teach good judgment—discernment, taste, perception. Afflicted—browbeaten, depressed, deal hardly with, chasten.
Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
Fat—stupid, insensible pride, already full, don’t need more. Good afflicted—a wholesome discipline that leads to God’s wisdom.
I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.
Judgments—verdict, sentence. In faithfulness—to fulfill His promises and to do good by us. My sin deserves correcting, and His mercy will restore me.
Merciful kindness—chesed. Loving kindness, favor, mercy, grace.
Psalm 94:12-- Blessed [happy] is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law
--if it’s not God’s teaching, then where’s your hope in trials? Tribulation works patience . . .
And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about [exiles] in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
Afflicted—pressed, crowded, distressed. Tormented—oppressed, plagued, suffer adversity.
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Chastening—correction, discipline, can involve physical pain.
Forgotten—to be oblivious, to let a thing escape. Despise—make a little thing, disrespect.
Faint—dissolve, exhaust, relax. Rebuked—corrected, convicted. Receiveth—claimed, taken up, claimed.
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Grievous—sorrow, mourning. Peaceable fruit—holiness and happiness, more righteousness.
Exercised—gumnazo, athletic training, patiently enduring the pain of training so you perform better after. Healed—cured, made whole. The end of all that God does.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Taste—experience, Make perfect—carried to the goal, the thing necessary for Him to be crowned with glory and honor, suffering leads to honor. Captain—leader and prince—like Joshua.