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  1. As we study this quarter's lesson, how hard to Jeremiah or any prophet to be faithful to their mission, because it is against the desire of the people, when you and I desire evil, we don't want rebuke. The prophet has no choice, for the Lord put his word into his mouth (Jeremiah 1:9) and they don't have to twist it to look good to the sinner, for the Lord said to Moses, Do not add or take away any word from the law that I have given you (Deut 4:2) and also Jesus warned John the Revelator, (Rev 22:17,18) and the word of God must go like that to the common people and to the high authority as kings. If you sway to save your life, than you face the judgement of God, and if go straight as God wants you to do, than you face the death sentence from the authority. Now it is your choice, but though the word of God is straight forward and strong, but his love and his grace is through these messages, this is the only way to save his people is to listen and respond as he speak through Ezekiel 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, everyone according to his ways, repent and turn yourselves from all transgressions, so iniquity shall not be your ruin...

    I am not agreed with you when you said that Jesus were sound love to everyone, yes he love everyone, but he knew how to talk to the Pharisees and to the common people, this is how he talk to the Pharisees, Matt 23:13 Woe to you scribe and Pharisees, up to verse 16, why?? Because they always though they right by their own interpretation, and the only way to wake them up is to tell them woe......... prove me wrong because we are only discuss so we can learn from each other, may God bless

    • King James Bible
      2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

      Looks like that King Ahab was pleased and felt love by the prophet of Baal, when they prophecy falsely to him to go up to war, and when Jehoshaphat asked him for the prophet of God, this is his answer, "and the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, there is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the Lord, But I hate him, for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil, and Jehoshaphat said, let not the king say so..". 1 Kings 22:7-8
      Maybe Ahab wanted the sweet voice like Baal prophet, but the end is destruction, and he called the word of the Lord from his prophet is evil, the truth as Paul said to the Corinthians is not to feel love but secure........

      Prov 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

      • Correction was never intended to make someone feel good, but always intended to fix a problem and move forward until you become upright.

        It is therefore very necessary for the person who are admonishing someone to do it with care, with love with sympathy, with understanding of the situation.
        Because you might intent to do something good but on a bad note it will destroy character, it will destroy the soul.

        Let us be like Jesus who corrects people with love, meekness, and care.

        God Bless*

  2. My mother always said "take it from whence it comes" meaning the value you place on it depends on the motive of the person giving it, if they mean well - listen, if they don't - ignore it.

    • Shirley, I think your mother had it right. The word under discussion is, Rebuke, The Greek word that Jesus used in Mark 1:25,26, is defined as, censure, admonish, or by implication to forbid. The dictionary definition is, blame, scold in a sharp way, reprimand. Interesting that the evil spirit didn't go quietly. We confuse criticism with rebuke sometimes and do not appreciate either one. There is an old saying that may be applicable to what Shirley's mother said. It is "those that can, do, those that can't, criticize".

  3. Hi William,

    This topic surfaces once in a while and I appreciate your story and sharing. Rebukes can take many forms and whether someone cares about me or not, whether the person is critical or angry, the message untrue or true, I take what the person says as a message from God. There is some lesson to be learned and humility is one of those lifelong lessons that we are often in need of a quick reminder.

    I think it would be great if we could be really honest with one another so as to say what we think and the other person calmly listen and hear what is being said when sharing a rebuke or suggestion, but almost all people I know will not take any kind of instruction. It seems we are in a world that people are content with who they are and mostly don't want any interference. Even the people most in need of help don't want any help, and I have found it stressful to care about others who don't want care, so I have changed the way I relate to people. God has 1000 ways to get through to us to teach us the lessons we need to learn. We just need to be open to His leading.

  4. This is about Jesus, rebuking us,, only to draw us to Him, so looking at his example-Be as wise as Serpent s, but harmless as Doves,
    What can be better?

    • its surprising what's happening is different, i rebuked an elder on an issue. What i received was a cold shoulder, separated from

  5. Today we live in a world where people take rebuke as if u r judging them hence correction makes us better christians

  6. Thank you all for your thoughful comments. Here is a,passage I was looking for while writing this article, that I just now found.

    "Jesus Himself never purchased peace by compromise. His heart overflowed with love for the whole human race, but He was never indulgent to their sins. He was too much their friend to remain silent while they were pursuing a course that would ruin their souls,—the souls He had purchased with His own blood. He labored that man should be true to himself, true to his higher and eternal interest. The servants of Christ are called to the same work, and they should beware lest, in seeking to prevent discord, they surrender the truth." Ellen White, Desire of Ages, Page 356

  7. Jesus did strongly rebuke the Pharisees. I have no biblical proof, but even though the words were very strong I am sure there was love in the tone of his voice. That does not come through when we only have written words preserved. I think we can reasonably infer it from the record of the rest of his life on earth.

  8. In the KJV, the word rebuke occurred 43 times in OT, 32 times in NT.
    The top most rebuking books : book of Luke 11 times and Psalms 11 times
    8 of 11 times in Luke all rebuke coming from Jesus, 2 of 11 coming from the disciples rebuking the demoniac, 1 rebuke coming from the thief on the cross given to the other thief
    Lesson learned: rebuke is a method of God, goal is to convert a person, history proves that those with non-religious background are receptive of rebuke, sad to say the rest of the crowd which mostly have religious background does not take rebuke to heart. If you want to meditate more on this topic, look for the sermon of Dwayne Lemon in Audio verse entitled "The Ministry of Rebuke". I wish you will have time to listen to it. The take away lesson for me: We rebuke people because we love them not because we want them out of the church.


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