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Hebrews 4:12

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For the Word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Mandy shares her reflections on this verse…

It’s a shame so many find the Bible hard to navigate because it’s such a powerful tool! In fact, the Bible describes itself as a double-edged sword which describes a Roman Gladius. A short, broad sword that was sharp on both edges, as opposed to most other swords that were only sharp along one edge.

The destruction wrought by the gladius is one of the reasons the Romans were so successful in conquering the known world.

God’s Word has even more power. A sword is designed to cut; that’s its purpose, and cutting hurts. It’s been likened to a surgeon’s scalpel that slices into flesh to locate the problem, repair it and then suture it back up so the person can heal and live well.

God’s Word – His sword – cuts us open, laying us bare to expose the disease of sin. It removes it and then stitches us back up, so we heal. It’s powerful enough to deal with our body, as well as our spirit and soul and even our very thoughts! No surgeon’s scalpel can do that…only God’s Word.

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