Judging Scripture?

  • Feb. 27, 2006
  • #6216

Joni shares that all scripture is beneficial to us -- even the passages that we avoid!

The other day I was talking to my friend, Lisa, and we were discussing parts of scripture that we liked the best - she was telling me how much she preferred reading the Psalms for her quiet times (she really liked the poetry)... and the epistles (not so much Romans, she said, that was too hard... and forget the book of Revelation!). I shared with Lisa a few of my favorite parts of the Bible - I always like parts of the Word that tell stories, like in Genesis or Exodus, or in Job or the book of Ruth. Lisa and I enjoyed a nice conversation, but that night a curious thing happened... 

I happened to read Hebrews 4:12-13 where it says, "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." And it hit me. No mistake about it: the Spirit convicted me with that one short verse. Because you see...

Lisa and I had been talking about the Bible (we thought rather favorably) - what parts we liked, what parts we think spoke to us, what parts we always were drawn to... other parts we avoided. We had been looking at the Bible - no - I must confess we were picking it apart, but we were missing the whole point behind the Word of God. And after I read Hebrews 4, I realized that we had been judging God's Word. And God's Word says... It judges us! 

It judges... it speaks to us... it penetrates and divides... it forces us to understand things about ourselves that, otherwise, we would never understand did we not spend time in all the parts of the Bible. The Word of God is living and active and it judges, it convicts us about things (comfortable things) we are drawn to... and it scolds us when we avoid things that are important. The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to pick us apart, as it were.  

And maybe - just maybe - it's those parts of the Bible that we normally pass over... it's those parts that perhaps God wants to use to reveal things about ourselves that are hidden and secret. All of God's Word speaks to the "all" of us - that is, every part of ourselves. There is not a place in scripture without a voice. Whether it's the minor prophets or down deep in the book of Romans... whether it's Jeremiah or Isaiah, God has something to say to us. 

Hey, I'm convicted. I'm not going to avoid the book of Amos anymore or II Chronicles. Because I bet - I just bet - hidden between the verses in those books, I'll hear something. I'll hear the voice of God and He'll be speaking... to me.

© Joni and Friends

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