For the Word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 HCSB
The writer of Hebrews tells us that the Word of God is living and effective (active) and sharper than any double edged sword. As we are learning passages of scripture we are sharpening our sword, figuratively. A double-edged sword is sharp on both edges, it cuts both ways. As you study and learn scripture you will find that it both edifies and convicts. It teaches what to do and what to avoid doing. The Word of God penetrates the heart and will change our attitudes and actions if we will allow it.
Logos translated Word in this passage is the same word used in John 1:1-2 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” Here the writer is referring to Jesus as the Word. Now replace “the Word of God” with “Jesus” in Hebrews 4:12. For Jesus is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. He is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart. That gives a different perspective, doesn’t it?
I'm trusting that as the Word goes into my head and my heart and your head and heart, Jesus is filling those empty dark spaces, digging out the sinful attitudes, thoughts, and ideas and replacing them with His love, grace, compassion and mercy. I’m trusting the Lord will bring passages we are learning to the surface from the depths of our hearts and minds when it is needed. In a world filled with lies and half truths, when we wonder if anyone can be trusted, we CAN trust God, the Author and Creator of all truth. His Word is absolute truth and is trustworthy.
Sharpen your sword this week!
Susan Sims Meyer
Thoughts and paintings from my personal quiet time and Bible study