Sack vs. Sword

…a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.Matthew 26:7

In an earlier post, we discussed about crucifying the flesh through the Word of God. Here, we demonstrate it using an analogy – a biblical one, in a way.

As we know, Judas Iscariot, the traitor, was in charge of the sack containing money. When the woman with the alabaster poured out the perfume on Jesus, Judas exclaimed what a waste of money it was, and that the perfume could rather have been sold and the money distributed to the poor. He said this because his heart was filled not with the love for God, but with love for money.

There is a lesson in it for us. For a moment, imagine yourself to be a sack with silver coins in it. The more you hold on to the coins in it, the more they will hold on to you. Rather, let the sword – the Word of God – tear apart the sack and remove from it everything that comes in the way of deep communion with God. Maybe I say this to myself, but let the sword cut through the sack and transform it into the hand that wields the sword – the believer’s hand. This will help us to not only to hear the Bible, but also to do the Bible; to progress from studying the Word to applying the Word. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

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