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THE SWORD (11 of 48)
You will notice that the verses begin with the word,
for. ''For the Word of God.'' It ties with the
previous subject. It ties together with what he has
just been discussing. In the previous verses he has
laid before us another encouragement or another
warning. The warning is the danger of disbelieving
God-the danger of unbelief. That was the big problem
of the children of Israel in the wilderness. They
didn't believe the promises of God.
Back in the 4th chapter, 2nd verse you notice it says,
''But the word preached did not profit them, not being
mixed with faith in them that heard it.''
In verse 12 he says, ''For the Word of God.'' it's an
interesting combination between the Word of God and
faith. Romans 10:17 says, ''Faith comes by hearing and
hearing by the Word of God.'' It's almost like a round
robin. When you hear the Word of God, receive it with
faith, and yet Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by
hearing the Word of God. It just kind of works in a
circle. If you will receive God's Word by faith, the
more of the Word of God you receive, the more faith
you have. That's why he brings up the Word of God in
verse 12. It is the antidote to unbelief. The way to
deal with your doubts is to get into the Word of God.
Study the Scriptures.
So, this is a passage of Scripture about the Bible.
When you read the Bible you will find that the Bible
is compared to a lot of different things. Sometimes
the Bible is compared to a seed planted in the ground.
Jesus told a parable about a sower going forth to sow
seed. He said, ''The seed is the Word of God.'' Planted
in a human heart it brings forth a crop and there is
beauty and fruitfulness. The Word of God, the seed of
the Word, can change a vacant heart that's like a
vacant lot of weeds into a beautiful garden of roses
and fruit. Sometimes the Bible is compared to fire.
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