July 14, 2020
Hebrews 4:12 (Aramaic translation)
12 "For the word of God is living and completely effective and sharper than a two-edged sword and enters all the way to the separation of soul and of spirit, and of the joints and of the marrow and of the bones, and judges the reasonings and the thoughts of the heart."
This translation has helped me to see how the "joint" and the "marrow" within the bone operate. I got this information from Light of the Word Ministries:
“The marrow of a bone is in the very core of the bone, and it is there that most of the red blood cells are produced. Some white cells are also produced there. The joint is the point of connection on the outside of the bone itself that joins it to another bone. So in my previously held picture I thought this verse was referring to the whole outside of the bone – in other words, that the Word of God is sharp enough to separate between the inside and the outside of the bone.
"As you see, from the above translation, the Aramaic clarifies this verse about the joints and marrow. It says, between the “joints and the marrow and the bones.” The word for joint in Aramaic can also be translated membrane, or covering.
When I was studying a book on the human body, I found a beautiful illustration of the inside of a bone. The three parts of the inside of a bone are the marrow, surrounded by the actual bone cells (which is where the blood vessels are), and the outside membrane. This membrane is a very hard substance and is called the periosteum. As you can see, it would be extremely difficult to slice between these three parts because they are fused together to form the bone. It could be done but only with the very sharpest knife or tool.”
Thank You, Father, for showing us illustrations like this one to help us see that, even though these three parts of the bone are one, they are separate. Thank You, for showing us how this relates to spirit and soul. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Tomorrow we will look closer into the differences between the spirit and the soul.
Blessings on the journey, and remember that the best is yet to come.