“Short-term pain for long-term gain.” Definitely something I need to remember on emotional toddler days!
I love that phrase, it helps keep my perspective on focus.
It is interesting to note that the word discipline used in Scripture means something very different than we take it to mean today.
The word muwcar is translated ‘discipline’ and means, literally, ‘verbal instruction and teaching.’ In Hebrew culture muwcar was vernacular for ‘let us reason with one another’ implying a mutual discussion for learning purposes. And towkechah is translated ‘reprove’ or ‘rebuke’ but also means ‘reason with, convince, prove, persuade.’ Neither of these words means to physically punish in any way, shape, or form.
The word nakah is translated ‘punish’ in most English translations of the Bible, though its literal translation is ‘beat’ as in “The sun beat down on his head,” implying a constant presence; or ‘hit’ as when beating back an enemy or punishing a slave or criminal; or ‘smite or smitten’ which can mean ‘hit or trigger the conscience’ or ‘be favorably impressed, enticed, or entranced’ as in, “He was smitten with the idea of a new bicycle.”
The word shebet is translated ‘rod’ and means, literally, ‘shepherd’s crook’ and, in Hebrew culture, was a means not only of guiding and protecting sheep, but also a symbol of leadership. The markings on the head of the shebet often identified the head of a family or tribe, letting everyone know who to go to for guidance and protection. The shebet, then, denotes wisdom, leadership, and protection.”
Yes, discipline is so important! But we need to be clear on it. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the clarification, I appreciate that.
I love how Deuteronomy lays out discipline and discipleship – talk about it when we sit and rise and walk along the day. Parenting is an amazing responsibility to teach these little blessings how to do life God’s way!
It is not always to talk about all day long, but we can try to show them by example, too.
I need to work on disciplining out of love and being calm while doing it. it is out of anger at times…and I know that isn’t the best way to teach at all.
It is hard for me to remain calm at times when I need to discipline because I am so angry.
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