SHARPER THAN A SWORD

SERMONS

Hebrews 4:12-13 "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."

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The Dark Valleys

Scripture Reading: Psalms 23 

6 verses, each describing the work of a true shepherd (provision – protection – John 10; 6 times “Shepherd” is used to speak of what the Lord would be for those who follow Him).

Dark Valleys – A treacherous place where the guiding hand of a Shepherd would be extremely helpful to sheep in order to pass safely through!

There are many dark valleys mentioned in Scripture, and these typify the many sufferings and hard experiences through which the people of God must pass. Philippians 1:29

The valley of Achor -- which means "trouble"--was so named because sin in the camp of God's people had caused great defeat for their armies there - Joshua 7:25-26.

Willful sin inevitably must result eventually in a trek through the dark vale of trouble and defeat.

Psalm 84:5-7 Then there is the vale of tears called Baca, or "weeping." Opinions differ as to whether this was an actual valley in Israel, but it came to symbolize a time of deep loss and sorrow. Repentance and righteousness will lead one out of the valley of Achor, but God's comfort will guide through Baca (trust).

Perhaps the darkest valley of all is the valley of the shadow of death. All must enter that valley once at least--some may even travel it often before its thick darkness finally conquers them. For those without Christ, it is a valley of great fear; there have been multitudes in this state - Hebrews 2:15.

But for those who know the Lord, they need fear no evil for God is with them (supported by – Romans 8:35-39). Even His guiding staff and buffeting rod are comforting for they prove the love of the Shepherd. No wonder the 23rd Psalm is the most requested passage of Scripture by those deep in this dark valley.