Illustration of the Month: “Double Edged Sword”

By Hillary Asbury

This month’s illustration is based on Hebrews 4: 12-16.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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One thought on “Illustration of the Month: “Double Edged Sword”

  1. Hillary, you have focused our attention on an important scriptural reference, Hebrews 4:12-16. It is necessary for a Christian to read God’s word daily, as it is the living word indeed, and it “penetrates even to the dividing of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
    When believers focus too heavily on theological issues and read volumes of commentary, they can forget that the primary reference should always be the plain words of scripture. Where Christians place their attention on the prevailing fads and trends of contemporary theological thought and cultural nuances, they move further away from the habitual reliance on the simplicity of the words of Jesus and the warnings of the Prophets, which are entirely relevant for all times and all ages of human history.
    We are wanderers by nature, and even after we have fallen in love with the words of Our Lord, as we first read our Bibles, we wander away, wanting more to learn, study, absorb…but in the process we neglect the basics, the important needful testimony of His word.
    I have been reading and commenting on articles written in the “Jagged Word,” for awhile, but as a Lutheran, I sense much disillusionment on the part of many of the authors on this blog. They are intelligent and educated individuals, pastors and theologically trained, yet there is often a sense of defeat in many things I’ve read. The words of Hebrew 4: 12 should make us wake up from any malaise we feel. We should be less concerned with our own self interest, and more astute in learning how we can please Our Lord, and how we might guard our hearts and avoid the pollutions of the world, striving against sinful entanglements and being overcome by them. As you have quoted above, the final sentence guides us to ” approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy, and find grace to help in our time of need.”


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