Saturday, September 20, 2014

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child

Proverbs 13:24
24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Proverbs 14:3
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Isaiah 11:4
4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

"rod" in the context of "thy rod and thy staff comforts me”.  A rod is used to guide sheep,  not to beat them.

43 Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;

Proverbs 24:13-14
13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Here he talks about the rod of his mouth smiting the earth.  That sounds like smiting the earth with words.  Compare that to chastising a child.

Psalms 2:9
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

talks about a rod of iron that is the word of God.  That is further evidence that rod in the scriptures means the word of God.  Likely prophets in Old Testament times were taught of the tree of life and the rod of iron that guides people to it.

Revelation 12:5
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Revelation 19:15
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


What is a presbytery?

The word presbytery can used is several different, yet related ways.  It can be used to describe a group people in authority in a church such as elders.  From what I can see, in modern language it is generally used to describe leaders of the Presbyterian church.  The bible refers to the presbytery in the New Testament.

1 Timothy 4:14
 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

When I put the word presbyter into Google Translate it detects the word as Latin and gives me the word priest.  This would support that a group of priests or people in authority or perhaps elders.

A presbytery can be a special part of a church building reserved for people that officiate in church things.  It could also be a place where a presiding authority of a church lives.

I wonder if the upper room in the New Testament could be called a presbytery?