The Word of God is Living and Active
"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
Did you ever notice that you can read the same Bible passage over and over and something new will pop out? I often wonder, "how haven't I seen that before?" The words don't change, do they? No, but our perception can. Some translations say that the word of God is Alive and Powerful, Living and Efficient, Alive and Operative. All mean that no matter when the words were written, they are applicable to us today! And God opens our hearts and minds to see what HE wants us to see at certain times.
But we have to be careful not to apply our modern day thoughts and customs to any of the writings. The audience and genre of writing has to be taken into account. For example, some books are poetry, others are full of metaphor and symbolism, others refer to myths and common stories of that time. Hebrew writings are known for their repetition and exaggeration, both designed for emphasis.
So, how are we supposed to understand anything? Pray and ask God for wisdom and understanding. Read biblical scholars of varying views (in other words, don't just pick people you agree with) - yes, some are dry and boring, but there are plenty who grab and keep your attention. The Bible is ALIVE! God wants us to understand His love, His mission, His Son. His Spirit was sent to guide us. Wow! the ultimate GPS!
Have a blessed day!
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