Toward the end of the book of Jeremiah we find the pronouncement of God’s judgment against various nations. Recently reading through Jeremiah, I was struck by part of a statement against the Philistines where we read. . 

  (6) Ah, sword of the Lord! How long till you are quiet? Put yourself into your scabbard; rest and be still! (7) How can it be quiet when the Lord has given it a charge? Against Ashkelon and against the seashore he has appointed it.” (Jeremiah 47:6-7 ESV)

  Because of the wickedness of the Philistines, it was not time for the “sword of the Lord” — the work of His vengeance on behalf of His people — to remain in its sheath or scabbard. That sword had a work to do! As long as it was given its charge by the Lord, its work would continue!

 In His letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul reminded his readers of a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12) which continues to rage even today. It is a conflict vying for the souls of humanity; a struggle between God’s Will and the deception of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11-12) For this battle we need the spiritual armor provided by God suitable for such a fight! (Ephesians 6:13-18) Among that armor is. . .

 (17) and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, (Ephesians 6:17 ESV)

 In spite of being a prisoner for Christ — “an ambassador in chains” — Paul desired to continue opening his mouth boldly in the proclaiming of the Gospel. (Ephesians 6:19-20) There was still a work to do! And so it is to be with us!

 What are we doing with God’s Word! That is the sword God has placed in our hands. It is not to be left on a shelf. Nor is it to be hidden in a drawer. Neither is it to be kept in a pocket or purse. God’s Word is to remain unsheathed (out of the scabbard) to be read and to be shared! It is to be utilized both to defend against falsehood and pierce to the understanding of the heart. (i.e. Hebrews 4:12) The Lord has given a charge for the truth of the Gospel to be shared as we go through life. (Matthew 28:19-20) Rightly handling it (2 Timothy 2:15) may that work continue!



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