Hebrews 4:12 (GW)
12 God’s word is living and active. It is sharper than any two-edged sword and cuts as deep as the place where soul and spirit meet, the place where joints and marrow meet. God's word judges a person's thoughts and intentions.
I have a confession to make; I enjoy watching odd cooking shows. One of my favorites is “Cutthroat Kitchen.” At the start of each episode, four chefs are introduced. Each chef places a knife-carrying roll on the counter and opens it to reveal his or her knives. I don’t really know a lot about cooking or cooking knives. But I do know that each knife has a special use. (Opening canned food not being one of them; sorry about the broken knife, Honey.)
Hebrews 4:12 compares the Word of God to a two-edged sword. 2 Timothy 3:16 lists the different uses of God’s Word. I believe that Hebrews 4:12 is a word of law. It is specifically talking about how God’s Word condemns us and points out our sin and our need of a Savior.
Keeping our cooking idea in mind, here are some ways that God’s Word acts like the different types of knives that a chef uses:
1) The paring knife – this knife is designed to be an all-purpose knife. God’s Word is meant to point out sin and the need for a Savior. Romans 3:23 (GW) 23 Because all people have sinned, they have fallen short of God's glory. Everyone is guilty. Everyone needs forgiveness, needs a Savior.
2) The boning knife – this knife is used in the removing of bones from poultry, meat, and fish. God’s Word is used to not only point out sin but to remove sin from our lives. Nathan used a boning knife on King David. Nathan told a story about a lamb that caused King David to become angry. Then Nathan exposed the sin that David tried to hide with the words, “You are the man!” (2 Samuel 12:1-14).
3) The carving knife – this knife is used to cut thin slices of meat. Jesus used God’s Word this way on the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 5:27-28 (GW) 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Never commit adultery.' 28 But I can guarantee that whoever looks with lust at a woman has already committed adultery in his heart. Jesus takes the law and slices it thin to expose the sinfulness of our thoughts.
4) The meat cleaver – this knife is used to chop through tough parts of meat and also is used to crush. It is used with force. Peter used this aspect of God’s Word in dealing with Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10).
These are the four ways I came up with. Can you think of other ways that God’s Word cuts like a knife?