At the beginning of the month I was contemplating the image of Jesus in Revelation chapter one verse sixteen:
“…out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword…
My son and I wondered how this would actually appear. We pictured a narwhal and a literal two-edged sword probing like children. You may recall my husband explaining this image was referencing words, not a literal sword.
This sword is important and resurfaces as the letter to the church at Pergamum:
“Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.”
It turns out the people in Pergamum were very scholarly people, for some reason Berkeley, California comes to mind. These people had an intense knowledge base and should they choose to continue in their ways, God was going to meet them on their playing field: Words.
Hebrews 4:12 provides further insight into the sword:
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The other day I wrote about my trepidation of evangelizing, but as I contemplate these passages I am considering the source of the words I speak. Because I have never found God to be a liar I am confident when He makes claims about the power and strength of His words the pressure isn’t on me, but on Him. The caveat is taking the time to know what God actually says. You see, there are plenty of people flapping their jaws misrepresenting God, Jesus and the bible.
No different from Ephesus, we blur the lines between what God actually says and what we want it to mean in our lives and the world around us. The importance of memorizing scripture cannot be overestimated!