The Word of God is Sharper than Any Two-Edged Sword

Text: Hebrews 4:1-13

Reflection and Question: This passage is the end of a sermon based on Psalm 95:7-11 that begins at Hebrews 3:7. The preacher plays with the idea of “rest” as a way to encourage us to persevere, unlike the ancestors who failed the test of faith in the wilderness. The last verses are meant to emphasize the preacher’s message by reminding us that God’s word is “able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Ancient Preacher, hear me: I get the message that God knows my disobedience and it can have lifelong, serious consequences. How is God’s word sharper than a sword for you?

Prayer: God of Miriam and Moses, we see in Scripture how Your anger can keep Your people from Your promised rest. See our obedience and forgive our disobedience, we pray, so that we may enter Your holy rest. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).