For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Our mothers taught us to be careful with sharp objects to avoid being injured. According to the author of Hebrews the list of sharp things we need to be careful with includes the Bible. This probably catches you by surprise. When you think about the Bible you may feel a little guilty about not reading it as much as you want. Or you may be wondering if it is too old to be helpful for your modern life. Or you may think of someone that is always quoting scripture at you in uncomfortable ways. But probably the last thing you would think of is that you need to be careful with the Bible so you don’t cut yourself.
Well you would be right to a point. Most Bibles I’ve seen don’t have sharp edges. But I can tell you that the true author of the Bible, the Lord God who inspired every human writer of the Bible, is dead set on performing heart surgery on us. And we can be certain there will be cutting involved. This is what the author of Hebrews is talking about. He knows from experience that God’s Word is not just dead words on a page. They are alive and active. They are God’s weapons for freeing us from our bondage; liberating us for eternal life. Since the chains of our bondage are part of us, God must cut us to sever them. This is what Hebrews is talking about when it compares God’s word to a “…two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit…” This is truly a disturbing thought. And it would be disastrous except for one important thing. It is not our hand that holds the blade.
The hand that holds the blade bears the mark of the nail that pinned Jesus to a Roman Cross where he bled and died. Raised from that death Jesus Christ knows and understands our bondage and our need. He is God’s assurance to us that He has our best interest in mind. In Jesus’ hand the lethally sharp Word of God is salvation for us. It is cuts away the disease of sin to restore health, hope, and salvation. Come, join us under the scalpel. Open, read, and study the glorious word of God.