The Word Is Alive!

Scripture Reading

The word of God is living and effective,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating even between soul and spirit,
joints and marrow,
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
No creature is concealed from him,
but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him
to whom we must render an account.

Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, 
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.
(Hebrews 4:12-16)

 

Scripture Study

4:12 the word of God: Penetrates into the hidden recesses of the heart. If God finds the heart hard and unbelieving (3:8, 10, 12, 15), his word becomes a weapon that destroys. If he finds it full of faith, his word becomes a pledge and help toward salvation (2:3; 4:2). living and active: Emphasizes that God’s word is the instrument of his will, i.e., he always does what he declares (Gen 1:3; Is 55:11). sword: A sword with both sides of the blade sharpened can maim and kill, but the divine word is more lethal still, for it can bring eternal death and destruction (10:26–31). ● The sword imagery seems to be drawn because Israel feared it would “fall by the sword” if the people followed the Lord into Canaan (Num 14:3), the word of God descended upon them as an oath of disinheritance and death (Num 14:20–34). Unable to reverse this tragedy, Moses had to warn the people not to advance into Canaan lest they “fall by the sword” (Num 14:43). Note that the oath Yahweh swears at the end of the Exodus period compares his word to a sharpened “sword” that cuts down his enemies (Deut 32:40–41; Ezek 21:8–17). soul and spirit: The spiritual elements of man. These are not hidden from God any more than the interior components of his body, such as his joints and marrow.

passed through the heavens: Christ ascended into the most intimate presence of God in heaven (9:24). Jewish tradition sometimes speaks of multiple levels of heaven.[1]

Scripture Reflection

Since God is the living God (3:12), and His Word cannot be separated from Him, that Word is a living Word. It can never be exterminated. As Isaiah 40:8 proclaims, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” God uses His Word to renew and revive us. David wrote, “The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul” (Psalm 19:7).

It only makes sense that if the living God, has spoken to us in His written Word, then we should seek it like a treasure and devour it as a hungry man devours a meal. Being the word of God, it is both a word from God and a word about God. It is our only source of knowing specific truth about God.

As the living Word, God’s revelation also speaks to our current needs and situation. Even though the Bible was written many centuries ago, the Spirit of God still speaks directly to us through it. It is never out of date or irrelevant. It speaks to the very issues that we face in our modern world. I would encourage you to read the Bible. You will find, as I have, that God will often use what you have read either that day or within a few days of reading it.

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV. 

 

 

[1]  The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: The New Testament (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010), 421.