The Living Word

Today’s Date:  January 24, 2010

The Living Word


Reading: Gen 48-49:33, Matt 15:29-16:12, Psalm 20:1-9, Proverbs 4:20-27; Our Daily Bread (ODB) devotional

S – Scripture:

 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. —Hebrews 4:12

O – Observation:

Sounds a bit strange, how could a “word” be alive? Words are just letters compiled together to make some sense for us to understand. But the scripture says that the “word” of God is alive. The Word has ‘power’ like a two-edged sword that cuts both ways. – Chuck Smith commentary on Heb 4:12 talks about the Bible referred to as the living, power of the Word.

The Word is referred to in the parable of a seed that is sown. Psalms 119:50, 93 – David wrote that ‘not only are the Words of eternal life, but they bring life to those who will obey them.

A – Application:

I need to spend more time on this issue. I’ve heard it many times as the Word, the Spirit, the Father, and Son are One. Since they are all-powerful, all alive; how is the Word itself alive? I understand the Word in the singular form is also referred to as God. So the actually letters in a book are not “alive” but the Word in reference to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit are all-powerful and alive. 

There’s a movie that just came out, ‘The Book of Eli’, with Densel Washington, – I haven’t seen it yet – reviews say there’s lots of blood and gore, not my interest – but what should be of interest is that it’s based on a character named Eli, who found a copy of the Bible after all the Bibles were destroyed and the “power” he found in the Bible and what it means to him and those around him – read more here on the review of The Book of Eli

Reviewers say, The Book of Eli is, perhaps, the most explicitly Christian film I’ve seen come out of the secular film industry since The Passion of the Christ. Indeed, it’s something of a Sunday sermon wrapped in a Mad Max adventure.

Proverbs 4:25-27

Look straight ahead,
      and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
 26 Mark out a straight path for your feet;
      stay on the safe path.
 27 Don’t get sidetracked;
      keep your feet from following evil.

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for deeper meaning and knowledge in your Word. I understand that you are and give us guidance toward eternal life. You have given us your Son to die for our sins, which gave us eternal life. You gave us your Word in the Bible to direct us and teach us history and future, how to live and our purpose. This is why your Word is alive, powerful, and everlasting. Help me to continue to understand your Word so that I can know and do your will with a joyful heart. In Jesus name, amen.


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