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THE TWO-EDGED SWORD

This morning I woke to the words 'two-edged sword.' There are four verses in the Bible that speak of a two-edged sword, two in the Old Testament and two in the New Testament. I believe that when the Lord quickens something to us (brings it to our attention) it is because there is something that He wants us to learn. Let us examine these references and see what God wants to show us.

Psalm 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.

Proverbs 5:4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Revelation 1:16 and he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

This sword is not a physical weapon like the swords men once used in combat. This sword is, however, a spiritual weapon. We see after reading through the above verses, that there is a connection between this two-edged sword and the Word of God. The verse in Revelation is found in the center of a description of our Lord. The vision that John saw, describes Jesus as He is NOW. His work of redemption completed, He is ruling and reigning on high. And out of His mouth goes a sharp two-edged sword. That sword is illustrative of the Word of God.

The writer of Hebrews expounded on the Power of the Word of God. The Word of God is much more precise at separating the false from the true; the good from the bad; the very thoughts and intents of man's heart from his actions. We can find another reference included when we look at Paul's exhortation to put on the whole armor of God. Part of that armor is 'the sword of the Spirit,' which is the word of God [Ephesians 6:11-17].

There is not a man or woman alive who is exempt from this sword which comes forth from the mouth of our risen Lord. This two-edged sword is the Word of God. If we will receive the words that Jesus spoke, they will work a change (transformation) within us. We will be made into the very image of our Lord. If we resist and fight against the words that Jesus spoke, the same sword will perform the necessary operations to either bring us into agreement or sever us from His fellowship.

Take time to carefully read the entire context of each of the opening verses. We know that David was a man after God's own heart. Notice as he wrote this Psalm what he expounds on:

Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;

To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;

To execute upon them the judgment written: this honor have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.

This is all about praising and honoring God, rejoicing in our relationship with God. There is a mutual exchange between God and man. The Lord will take pleasure in his people, and beautify the meek with salvation. Take note of the honor that is given to all His saints. With the high praises of God on their lips and a two-edged sword in their hand: to execute vengeance upon the heathen and punishments upon the people.

This concept of executing the 'judgments written' in quite alien to modern Christian interpretations. This is due in large part to the fact that we have been fed a watered down gospel. What is missing is instruction in the importance of maintaining a reverential fear of the Lord. Our perception is out of balance. For the most part, we are only taught that God is Love, without the balanced understanding and appreciation of the other aspects of God's nature.

Reading the chapter prior to the verse in Proverbs 5:4 we see that it is all about wisdom.

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Proverbs 4:19-23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

We see here warnings and admonitions as to how to maintain a pure heart; how to keep our feet on the straight and narrow path and the reward that will be ours for doing so.

Proverbs 5:3-5 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold of hell.

The strange woman spoken of here represents all the teachings, doctrines and interpretations that are opposed to the doctrine of Christ Jesus. They may sound good to our ears and appeal to our natural understanding, but the end result of embracing them will be (spiritual) death. We cannot embrace other doctrines and attain God's wisdom. When faced with the sword of the spirit (the Word of God), we will not be able to stand.

The sword of the Lord will bring instruction and correction to our lives. Proverbs 5:12 ...How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof. Ultimately, each one of us is responsible for how we receive the Word of God when it comes to us. We have the freedom of choice to accept or reject the Word.

There is no way to avoid the two-edged sword. Let us strive to come into compliance with the Word now, before it comes to us in correction. The strange woman spoken of in Proverbs, is well established in today's world. May we heed the words of Wisdom, and avoid the door of the strange woman's house.

Amen

Cathy Morris

02/15/2003

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