Thursday, June 16, 2011

Things that are Sharp

Cameron and I have been watching a show on the History channel called “Modern Marvels: World’s Sharpest”. They have been looking at different contexts to find the sharpest “blades” in the world. They have looked at razor blades, Japanese swords, wood chippers, shredders, lasers and other machines.

It made me think of God’s Word, the bible. Particularly, I was drawn to several passages of scriptures:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 - All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Hebrews 4:12-13 - 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. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Ephesians 6:17 - and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

When we are confronted about sin, oftentimes, we readily admit those things that are “surface” and easy to see. However, the Word of God as the sword of the Spirit, cuts much deeper than the surface and goes deep into our soul.

It goes beyond the surface to the motives and hidden parts of our heart. It cuts deep. It “lays us bare” before the Lord so that nothing is hidden. All is exposed.

Then it brings us to the gospel, to the cross—truly the only answer for our sins…

“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

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