Luke 9-10~Day 27~ How exactly did he do it?

There are times I wish the Bible gave a little more detail. It would be so helpful if I knew exactly how Jesus, for example, rebuked people,  so that I could learn from Him!
I was thinking about this when I read about the two brothers, James and John. The two were upset  that the Samaritans kicked them out of their village. (Maybe it was righteous indignation, who knows.). Yet, Jesus responded by rebuking them (9:55). exactly did he rebuke them? I would love to know, because that would help me know how to better “rebuke” my children when they say something ridiculous.
You know, now that I’m thinking about it, Jesus did a lot of rebuking! He rebuked the storm (Mark 4:35-41), the fever (Luke 4:39), the Pharisees and scribes ( Matt 23:1-39), the demons (Luke 9:42) the fig tree (Mark 11:12-25) and Peter (Mark 8:33).

What a contrast to what our culture teaches today! (That shouldn’t surprise me, Satan always teaches the exact opposite to what Jesus does.). Secular psychology teaches parents and teachers to correct only using positive reinforcements.  I volunteered in my daughter’s kindergarten class way back when. Some of the children were so ill behaved, I asked the teacher what she used as a negative consequence. She replied, “Oh, I don’t have any! I just look for the moment that they are doing good and then give them a ‘dragon dollar’.” (her reward system).  Needless to say, my volunteer time that year was extremely taxing!

Anyway, all that being said, with our culture telling us to be nice, polite and negotiate with our toddlers, Christ appears to be a harsh dude, not doing what our psychologist are telling us to do!!  I am left longing for the details surrounding the rebukes Jesus gives.  I would imagine they were done in the perfect way, because ....well... he’s perfect!  Why couldn’t the author write, “With a stern voice he said to the disciples..” or “With a calm voice...” or “With a serious expression on his face he replied…” or “With a lovingly placed hand on the shoulder, he...”
Nope, we don’t get any of that.  We are left with only one example-rebuke the ill behavior, because of the love we have for the other. Two verses illustrate that point.
“Spare the rod and spoil the child.” (Prov. 13:24) and “The Lord disciplines the one He loves...” (Prov. 3:12 & Heb. 12:6).
I guess this is an example of needing to take the writings of Jesus as a whole.  Speak the truth in love and learn to do that by following the example Jesus gives in every encounter he has with people. I better keep doing this reading plan over and over!!!😜


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