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The Whipping

The Whipping

>There was a school with a class of students that no teacher had been able

>to handle. Two or three teachers had been run off from this school in one

>year by the unruly students.

>A young man, just out of college, heard about the class and applied to the school.

>The principal asked the young man, "Do you know what you are asking for?

>No one else has been able to handle these students. You are just asking for a terrible beating."

>After a few moments of silent prayer, the young man looked at the

>principal and said, "Sir, with your consent I accept the challenge.

>Just give me a trial basis."

>The next morning the young man stood before the class He said to the

>class, "Young people, I came here today to conduct school. But I realize

>I can't do it by myself. I must have your help."

>One big boy, they called Big Tom, n the back of the room whispered to his buddies, "I won't need any help. I can lick that little bird all by myself."

>The young teacher told the class that if they were to have school, there

>would have to be some rules to go by. But he also added that he would

>allow the students to make up the rules and that he would list them on the blackboard.

>This was certainly different, the students thought!

>One young man suggested "NO STEALING." Another one shouted "BE ON TIME FOR CLASS."

>Pretty soon they had 10 rules listed on the board.

>The teacher then asked the class what the punishment should be for

>breaking these rule! s? "The rules are no good unless they are enforced", he said.

>Someone in the class suggested that if the rules were broken, they should

>receive 10 licks with a rod across their back with their coat off.

>The teacher thought that this a s pretty harsh, so he asked the class if

>they would stand by this punishment? The class agreed.

>Everything went along pretty good for two or three days.

>Then Big Tom came in one day very upset. He declared that someone had stolen his lunch.

>After talking with the students, they came to the conclusion that little

>Timmy had stolen Big Tom's lunch. Someone had seen little Timmy with Big Tom's lunch!

>The teacher called little Timmy up to the front of the classroom. Little Timmy admitted he had taken Big Tom's lunch.

>So the teacher asked him, "Do you know the punishment?"

>Little Tim! my nodded that he did.

>"You must remove your coat," the teacher instructed. The little fellow had come with a great big coat on. Little Timmy said to the teacher,"I am

>guilty and I am willing to take my punishment, but please don't make me take off my coat?"

>The teacher reminded little Timmy of the rules and punishments and

>again told him he must remove his coat and take his punishment like a man.

>The little fellow started to unbutton that old coat. As he did so, the

>teacher saw he did not have a shirt on under the coat. And even worse, he

>saw a frail and bony frame hidden beneath that coat.

>The teacher asked little Timmy why he had come to school without a shirt on?

>Little Timmy replied, "My daddy's dead and my mother is very poor. I don't

>have but one shirt, and my mother is washing it today. I wore my big

>brother's coat so that I could keep warm."

>That young teacher stood and looked at the frail back with the spine

>protruding against the skin, and his ribs sticking out. He wondered how he

>could lay a rod on that little back, and without even a shirt on. Still,

>he knew he must enforce the punishment or the children would not obey the

>rules.So he drew back to strike little Timmy. Just then Big Tom stood up and came down the aisle.

>He asked, "Is there anything that says that I can't take little Timmy's whipping for him?"

>The teacher thought about it and agreed. With that, Big Tom ripped his

>coat off and stooped, and stood over little Timmy at the desk.

>Hesitatingly the teacher began to lay the rod on that big back. But for

>some strange reason after only five licks that old rod just broke in half.

>The young teacher buried his face in his hands and began to sob. He heard

>a commotion and looked up to find not even one dry eye in the classroom.

>Little Timmy had turned and grabbed Big Tom around the neck a pologizing to

>him for stealing his lunch. Little Timmy begged Big Tom to forgive him.

>He told Big Tom that he would love him till the day he died for taking

>his whipping for him.

>Aren't you glad that Jesus took our whipping for us? That He shed His

>precious blood on Calvary so that you and I can have eternal life in

>Glory with Him. We are unworthy of the price He paid for us, but aren't you glad He loves us that much?

>This is a story everyone needs to know So if you know anyone else who may be blessed by this story, please pass it on.

>God bless you, and keep you safe. Most people's troubles come from too

>much time on their hands - and not enough on their knees.

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