Jesus is our example. He didn’t crush a bent reed or put out a smoking wick. The only ones he ‘scourged’ were the money changers in the temple, and it’s not clear if He actually lashed any… only drove them out. I picture a cowboy with a whip or lariat whirling over His head in a threatening may. And the scourging thing may have been a figure of speech or a reference to an OT passage.

God is love, and love does not harm….. If we look at 2 Cor 13, we see that love always seeks the good, does not remember wrongs.

So, we learn by the grace in our hearts, which teaches us godliness (His ways). There are no written rules under grace, but that still small voice, that twinge in your conscience or even in your being, sort of in the pit of your stomach. And if you are on the right track, it’s that little glow, that feeling of pleasure, of liking.

God puts that there. And it will not disagree with His character, His love. If it does not line up with love and the fruit of the spirit, it is coming from your own selfish desires. It is not sin, it just the flesh being itself. When you see you may be operating from there, get back unto love.

In the OT a scourge was a rod… like the one Moses lifted up against the Red Sea. The enemies were drowned. The word used in the NT means to flog or whip or scourge. In Hebrews 12:6, where the word is used in combination with discipline, the word can be literal or figurative.

Hebrews is address to the Jewish believers for the purpose of teaching them what the New Covenant means. We should not be applying everything in it to our lives now, because we no real reference to that context. Gentiles and never had the law, and if we are from a Jewish background, the law was taken away at the cross.

In Psalm 23, the rod and staff are a comfort. Could it be that what we are really talking about is that God leads us (the shepherd doesn’t drive the sheep, but leads them) and God raises