I find myself going back again and again and again looking at the context of the verses in Hebrews 4:12-13.
12For 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. 13And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Those verse talk about the word of God, sharper than any two-edged sword. It seems that they should be paired 2 Timothy 2:15 — Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (as I memorized it so many years ago).
In the version I use today, it says, Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
I pair the verses (Hebrews 4:12-13 and 2 Timothy 2:15) because they seem to go together. The word of God divides us, pierces us, to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, of thoughts and intentions — and yet, we need to be able to rightly divide the word. I don’t understand.
The word divides us. We need to rightly divide (or handle) the word.
As I sat there with the Lord this morning, saying, “Lord, I just don’t get it! Why is this here in the middle of talking about Moses, and talking about the Sabbath rest, and all interwoven with the closing verses of Psalm 95? I don’t get it! Why here? Why now?” — then, the Lord reminded me of some other verses I read just this morning, Isaiah 55:8-9,
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
His thoughts are so much higher than my thoughts. I cannot understand it all.
I am putting off resorting to a commentary on this. I want to reach the understanding on my own, through the Lord.