Summary: Does God punish us when we sin? This sermon answers that question. A humorous story is incorporated to illustrate this Biblical truth.
Have You Been To The Woodshed Lately?
HEBREWS 12: 5-11
5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives."
7If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
8But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
9Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
10For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
11Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
How many of you were ever taken to the woodshed by your Dad?
The title of today’s sermon is:
Have You Been To The Woodshed Lately?
Kids growing up today have no idea what that means?
Very few children today get spanked!
Have you ever heard someone say,
"That guy committed murder and got off Scot-free?"
What does Scot-free mean?
I looked it up on the Internet and here’s what I found:
Sceot is the Old English word for "a tax." Scot and lot was a medieval municipal tax levied on residents. Someone who managed to avoid paying this medieval tax got off "scot free." Eventually, the word evolved to describe getting away without any kind of punishment, fiscal or otherwise. Kids who fake fevers get out of school scot-free and dogs with sad eyes get off scot-free from just about any wrongdoing.
Recently I received an email from someone who had a question.
Allow me to read that email to you.
Does God punish us? Or does he allow for things to happen to bring us closer to him? One lady says he does, one says he is a loving God. I feel he is a loving God, but I don’t think he punishes us, because he won’t give us more than we can handle. But I do believe that he will do things to test us and bring us closer. Am I anywhere close? I’m not saying anything until I know.
We all sin! Amen?
1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
So when we sin, how does God react?
There are 3 ways God could deal with us when we sin.
#1 God could condemn us.
Even after a person is saved, the first time he sins...
God could just go ahead and send him to hell.
But God won’t do that!
The Bible says in Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
#2 God could overlook our sins!
God could just ignore our sin.
But God cannot and will not do that....
because He is a holy, a righteous, and a just God.
He will not let sin go unpunished!
Some might argue that Jesus took our punishment for sin.
Isaiah 53:5-6 says: 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Romans 4:23-25 says:
Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24
but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.
1 Corinthians 15:1-3 says:
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,