A comparison of sorts

Last night while i was trying to fall asleep i decided to put on an old Nova special - Secrets of the Samurai Sword. Fascinating stuff, at least to me. Before i had first seen this show i was not aware that the sword smiths actually merged two types of steel, and that part of the cooling process causes the two parts to cool at different rates and thus creating the signature curvature of the sword. But it struck me as i turned off the tube and slowly drifted off to sleep that it is sort of an image of God's Word. You see, the outer part of the katana is made with the harder higher carbon steel. It gives the sword its sharp edge and allows it to hold that edge while being used to perform it's function. Meanwhile the inner core is made with the 'softer' lower carbon steel. This allows the steel to flex and absorb hard impacts. Hebrews 4:12 states, "For 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." (ESV) . And isn't that so true. I like to substitute [katana] for [two-edged sword], especially in the example i am thinking of. God's Word is sharper than any katana. It is His voice speaking into His creation. There are parts of His Word that are sharp and cut deep, and yet other parts have a softer tone. While His Word never changes, we as humans are seemingly in a constant state of flux. We can read the Word and see one thing and how it applies in our lives, and when we revisit the same sections days/weeks/months later, we see how it can also apply in another. A samurai trained endlessly with his katana. He strove to make it instinctive and in essence an extension of himself. As a samurai of Christ i should do the same. Not to be wielded as a weapon, but to know my Lord and how He is working in me.

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