Hebrews 4:11-13 “The Word of surgery”

May 14 2018

Hebrews 4:11-13 “The Word of surgery”

In Hebrews 4:8-10 the subject matter is entering into God’s rest; a switch from having to maintain our right standing before God by our own effort; to RESTING in God’s work in and through us. In order to enter into this REST, we must stop our natural reaction to just play “OLD TAPES” because the new tapes of the life of Jesus never gets heard. There is only one thing that can keep us from listening to the same old worn out tapes: The word of God! Hebrews 4:11-13 informs us that the Word of God is living and powerful. “Living” in the Greek tense of the verb indicates “constantly active”. “Powerful” is the Greek word used for our English word “energy” and describes “active and effective energy”. The word “sharper” in the Greek is “to cut” and describes the word of God as having an incisive and penetrating quality as it lays bare ALL, self-delusions and moral false arguments. In the hand of the Holy Spirit the Word of God has a two-edged action.

1. It strips off the false: Exposing the entrenched power of the flesh in our life, then stripping it off. The word of God, is utterly ruthless, moving in on us, backing us into a corner, taking down all our fences and facades, working its way right into the heart of our nature, discerning even between the soul and the spirit.

2. It unveils what’s true: When we come to the place where we are ready to take a good look at ourselves, the Word of God comes in with healing, and comfort, setting us on our feet again.

Further more the Word of God is described as “piercing” and the Greek means to “go through”. The phrase “even to the DIVISION of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow” is interesting in the Greek. It DOESN’T mean dividing of the soul and the spirit or of the joints from the marrow. Rather it means going through the soul and going through the spirit, as defined by “joints and marrow” which are not in contact with each other and therefore can not be divided. The dividing IS NOT that of one thing from another by piercing it but rather of separating the elements of the soul and the elements of the spirit so we are able to see what the true make up of them in our lives is. This is further clarified by the phrase, “and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” The Greek word “discerner” is a compound word that means to “sift out and analyze”.

The outcome of this in verse 13 is that we go through an examination by the Word of God. James 1:23 describes the Word of God as a mirror; that shows us as we truly are not as we want others too see us as. But this stripping away also through the same Word of God enables us to see ourselves as God the Father sees us in His Son. We are truly, just sinners saved by grace, with nothing to defend, nothing that need be hidden, nothing that cannot be fully exposed to everyone. How about it are you ready for a check-up by the Holy Spirit working though the Word of God?

This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!