This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
The writer to the Hebrews shows us in chapters 3&4 that he is quite the expositional teacher. An expositional teacher is one who makes his points and lessons by explaining a text in Scripture. Our writer takes his readers through an exposition of Psalm 95, written by the Psalmist hundreds of years earlier. Psalm 95 itself is an exposition of an even earlier text, from Exodus 17, written by Moses fourteen hundred years before the book of Hebrews. In Hebrews 3&4, the writer brings out lessons of how we need to keep going, encourage one another, and most of all to believe God. It’s at this point that the writer lays out an important truth:
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
You see, these stories in the Old Testament (as well as the New) aren’t just dusty old texts meant for an earlier time. God’s word is alive. Stories, principles, warnings, and promises are all just as important today as they were in ancient times. I find myself constantly amazed how I can be reading something written thousands of years ago, and the text can still jump off the page and hit me in the heart.
Stay in the Book beloved. Before you read, ask God to speak to you. Read, observe, listen, and learn. God wants to guide your life today just as He has guided countless others through the centuries.
If you’d like to learn a little more about Hebrews 4:12, you can check out this video I made for our “Bible Reading” class on Thursday nights –