A Board of Education.

O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. O Lord, correct me, but with justice; not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing. Jeremiah 10:23, 24.

Correct, yasar; Strong’s # 3256.  To chasten, correct, instruct; to reform someone. This verb points out the discipline and correction necessary for moral training. An example would be Moses telling Israel in Deut. 8:5, that “as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you.”


Some individuals cannot be corrected by words alone (Proverbs 29:19). A classic example would be Ismael and what was said about him (Genesis 16:12). Yasar would not meet with Dr. Spock’s approval, yasar may involve tough measures, as with whips (1 Kings 12:11), or teaching technique by itself, as in the case of the music director who instructed the Levitical musicians (1 Chronicles 15:22). From yasar comes the noun musar, “instruction.”

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 04:50:52

    The Lord disciplines those He loves.

    My Mom was a choir director for many years. She still has a beautiful voice. Probably one of the things that blessed my childhood most was that she was a good disciplinarian. I was only disciplined when it was deserved. Spanked a few times, I knew that I was to be obedient and respectful.

    I am thankful that God has “taken me to the woodshed” when I needed correction. Probably will wind up there a few more times if the Lord tarries.

    Have mercy on me O Lord, but discipline me as is needed.

    Have taken in more light from the pot, Manny.


    • Mannyr
      Feb 24, 2013 @ 20:29:42

      Chris, i am blessed to know someone else has been to the “woodshed.” It has been a lesson with deep significance. The board of education in this case was a
      a place of unbelievable silence in regard to the Lord’s presence. I totally agree about a few more trips should He tarry. I am grateful for the knowledge of another cracked-pot that leaks His light. Your friendship is an example of “Phileo” brotherly love.


  2. Chris
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 04:31:52

    We have both been to an unpleasant but necessary place. Thank you for your kind words, Manny.

    Your brother in Christ…


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