Psalm 119:49-56 (Zayin)

Psalm 119 is about loving God’s Torah, His statutes, commands and precepts.  It is broken up into sections with strange looking words or letters which are the Hebrew alphabet.  In the Hebrew Scriptures, each line of each section starts with a word beginning with this letter.  This is called an acrostic poem.    Each Hebrew letter also has a  word picture associated with it giving greater meaning and symbolism to each line of the specific letter-ed section.

Zayin – Weapon – Axe or Sword

Word Picture - Sword

To cut or to pierce

“Remember your promise to your servant, through which you have given me hope. In my distress my comfort is this: that your promise gives me life. Though the arrogant scorn me completely, I have not turned away from your Torah. Adonai, I keep in mind your age-old rulings; in them I take comfort. Fury seizes me when I think of the wicked, because they abandon your Torah. Your laws have become my songs wherever I make my home. I remember your name, Adonai, at night; and I observe your Torah. This [comfort] has come to me, because I observe your precepts.”

In Luke 2, Simeon includes in his prophecy to Mary “a sword will pierce your own heart too. All this will happen in order to reveal many people’s inmost thoughts.”  What would it be like to be told when you are redeeming your firstborn son that a sword will pierce your heart and your inmost thoughts would be revealed?   What does that sword have to do with her son? 

Hebrews 4:12-13 “See, the Word of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword — it cuts right through to where soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart.”

The Word of God, which includes the Torah, is a weapon, a double-edge sword that cuts to the heart where soul meets spirit.  Those who love the Torah with their heart receive comfort when the Word of God judges their inner reflections and attitudes.   Those who understand the true purpose of the ‘age-old rulings’ will sing about them and proclaim the life and understanding that they have brought into their walk of faith.

Yeshua, Mary’s son, is the Word of God in the flesh (John 1:14).   He will pierce her heart both in his sinless life and condemnation to death by his own family members.   His revelation of truth in his Father’s Torah will bring conviction to Mary’s life when she tries to push or pull him in her own direction (turning water into wine).  It would not be enough for her to give birth to the Son of God, but while she must also like each one of us trust in the prophecies and promises of the new covenant through her son’s blood, she will also experience the loss of her firstborn son.

Weapons can be harmful if used wrongly.  According to Hebrews, the double-edged sword, the Word of God, is meant to cut our own personal hearts and is not to be used for cutting and piercing someone else’s heart.  As part of the new covenant, it is up to the Spirit of God to convict others of sin and write His Torah on each person’s heart line by line, precept by precept.  He will do this in His perfect timing and will for each individual in His kingdom. 

Even though the arrogant scorn David for observing the precepts of the Lord, he does not turn the sword into a chainsaw or sledgehammer and chase after the wicked and beat them over the head with God’s teachings in instructions.   Instead he continues to faithfully observe God’s precepts and extends grace and mercy to those who have abandoned  Torah and live wicked lives.  He exemplified this faithful way of life when he had numerous opportunities to kill King Saul, but chose not to.  He had already been anointed the next King of Israel and would receive his reward in God’s perfect timing and will.   

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