I gave birth in December!
Actually, I published a book, but many days in the process felt like pregnancy and labor, from the book’s conception to the printing. Now, Led may be purchased through this website, here.
Led: Learning to Listen and Follow
This reading from week 4, day 3, is one of my favorites. Simply reading the Bible brings us face-to-face with the Living Word, Jesus.
Why are the Bible’s words so unique? The writer of Hebrews describes its uniqueness by comparing it with a two-edged sword. “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” (Hebrews 4:12). The Message version of the Bible describes the words as a sharp surgeon’s scalpel. No other book ever written has the power to conduct surgery on our hearts when we read it.
First, that surgeon’s scalpel pierces our deepest, most private being. Exodus 26:28 sheds light about the breadth of this piercing when it describes the middle crossbar of an A-frame tent or the Old Testament Tabernacle. The crossbar runs the length of the tent and holds it up in the center. Like that crossbar, God’s words go through us. They are inescapably piercing when we can’t stop thinking about something we read or hear. We wake up thinking about it; it pops up in our conversations; or we hear it in a sermon.
Second, as a surgeon’s scalpel, the Bible’s words cut more sharply than a two-edged sword. The Greek word for sharper is ‘tomos.’ Like a single cut from the surgeon’s scalpel or a single swipe from the soldier’s sword, the words that we read cut through our untrustworthy hearts. And with that single cut or swipe, God is not only able to reveal our sin but also to perform a healing surgery. The word ‘tomos’ is used in our English surgical words like tonsillectomy or appendectomy. In our case, God performs a sin-ectomy.
Not only do God’s words pierce like a surgeon’s scalpel, but they also judge our wandering thoughts and questionable intentions. With my thoughts and intentions under scrutiny, God is able to show me whether or not my thoughts are worth the brain power or emotional energy that I’m giving them. Wow! No one knew I was thinking that! He knew.
Why does it have this power? Hebrews 4:12 describes God’s words as alive. The original Greek word is recognizable: Energes. The words have energy. They work in us. The written words in the Bible flow from the Living Word: Jesus (John 1:1-4). By simply reading the Bible, we come into contact with the Living Word. That’s our Good Shepherd.
Keep pursuing a life rooted in Jesus.