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Topic: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword (04/08/10)
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By Gordon Lavoie
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Consider the sword.
The sword is essentially a tool of destruction. It can be used for good, but I think, not often. Picture a sword your mind’s eye, consider the uses. How has it been employed in the past, how is it being utilized today, and what will be its purpose in its tomorrows? Do you see pain and grief, blood and tears, fear and death? Is that greatness? Is that being mighty? Do we measure the immensity of an object by its ability to destroy, by its aptitude to damage?
When speaking of wrath and punishment and judgment. Job, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit writes, “Be afraid of the sword.” When the seals of the Revelation are opened and the four horsemen ride, truly, “be afraid of the sword.” The second horseman takes “peace from the earth,” “and there was given unto him a great sword.” The fourth horseman rides a pale horse, “and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword.”
Is the sword mighty? Or is the sword merely malicious?
Consider the pen.
The pen is in essence, an implement of creation. It can be used for evil, but the evil is most probably a lie. Picture a pen. Do you see any harm? Any evil? It has no impressive presence, no powerful poise. It is unassuming, modest, and humble. A bona fide Clark Kent, waiting to do wonderful good unto the human race. And if the pen can represent Superman then the sword is but a inferior Lex Luthor.
And since in our example of the sword, was the sword of God, let us make our case for the pen in the same light. What does our Job say of the pen? “Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.” Hope! Jobs pen gives hope.
Hope. That is how the inspired writer employs the pen. God brandishes the sword unto death, but the same hand bears the pen to give life. Gods words “are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” Gods purpose for the sword is fear but he intends the pen for peace. Do you seek for all that is good? Look to the pen of God. Do you desire “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance?” Look to the pen of God.
Death comes from the sword. “Be afraid of the sword.” But by God‘s words, by his pen, “death is swallowed up in victory.” Life is found in the “word of God.” And eternal life at that.
God is mightier than all, and Gods greatest might is in revealed by the pen. The pen is truly mightier than the sword.
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