Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 24, 2021

“the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword”

Today’s devotion comes from Hebrews 4:12-13.

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”  Hebrews 4:12-13.

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First, let us sharply contrast preaching and teaching man’s stories and thoughts with preaching and teaching God’s Word.

“The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth.  What does straw have in common with grain?” declares the LORD.  “Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?”  Jeremiah 23:28-29.

When God’s Word is preached and taught, God uses His Word to effectively convict people of their sin and their need to repent and their need for a Savior.

“So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11.

Man has a stubborn and hard heart, and such a active and sharp two-edged sword is needed to cut through the heart.

But, there is hope!

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Verse 12.

“Moreover the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live.” Deuteronomy 30:6.


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