Rebuke means command to stop.

Jesus rebuked diseases, demons, storms, and other forces. He commanded these forces to cease what they were doing.  Luke 4:39, 41; Luke 8:24

Examples of rebuke directed toward people:
One crucified criminal rebuked the other for speaking evil of Jesus.  Luke 19:38-39
The Pharisees told Jesus to rebuke his disciples for praising him.  Luke 23:39-40

Sin should be rebuked. The goal of rebuke is repentance.  2 Timothy 4:2; Luke 17:3

A true friend will rebuke out of love rather than let someone continue in sin.  Proverbs 27:5-6

“If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”  Luke 17:3-4

~ SR

Related words: reprove, exhort

Ruhmann, Scott. “Word of the Week: Rebuke.” 27th Street Church of Christ. Access date: .