Scripture for Today: Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart.”
The Gentlemen’s Quarterly, a fashion magazine for men, just published an article putting the Bible on a list of 21 classics not worth reading! The Bible was called foolish, repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, and ill-intentioned. The novelist, Jesse Ball, conceded that there were some interesting parts but that, “overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced.”
Somehow, someone has missed the point! Today’s verse describes the Bible as having a very piercing point as it is sharper than a two-edged sword. Unlike any other book in history, the Bible is living and active as it is the very Word of God. It is unique in that man did not produce it. Although human writers were used, it is “God-breathed” and Spirit-inspired. No other book can make that claim. Because the Bible judges our deepest desires and thoughts, it often comes under attack.
Dividing soul from spirit and joints from marrow is an image that makes me shudder. And yet, it is the kind of action needed to get through to my deceitful heart (Jer.17:9). The Word exposes what to me is comfortably hidden. I do not want to be uncomfortable reading His Word. But so many times it is necessary to feel His conviction and be shown the truth about myself. Thankfully, His Word does not leave me bruised and bleeding. His Word also comforts, heals and encourages. By reading His Word I can enjoy a restored relationship with the Divine Author.
Create in me a clean heart, O God……even when it hurts!