Sharper

Sharper

Today’s Scripture Selection: Hebrews 4:12

“For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

I absolutely love this passage of scripture.

It gets to the heart of how I view, and revere, the Bible.

Scholars argue over it, others dismiss it, some place it on the shelf and now and then dust it, but I pick it up and look at this amazing thing that is “living and active” which is definitely “sharper than any double-edged sword.”

It has penetrated so often, dividing my soul and spirit, cutting right down to joint and marrow, to lay open the thoughts and attitudes of my heart.

And though that has sometimes been painful – thank God for it.

How about you?

How do you view the scripture?  Is it just a book?  Is it more?  Is it holy?  Is it confusing?  Is it clear as crystal?  Is it confounding?  Is it comforting?  Is it frightening?  Is it a beloved companion?  Is it dusty and old?  Is it new and fresh?

Is it all – part of – or none of the above?

I invite you to ask these questions.

And, most of all, I invite you to examine or re-examine your attitudes about the word of God.

Because, ultimately, that is what I believe it is.

I do not believe scripture passages are “the words of man about God” but somehow, mysteriously and wonderfully are the expression of the “word of God.”

How about you?

Prayer: Lord, open my heart, mind, soul, and spirit to your everlasting Word.  AMEN.

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