Religious Entrapment & the Weaponization of the Word of God: Turning Bread Into Stones & Using the Sword of the Spirit Against Flesh & Blood

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel narrative concerning the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ as it was written and recorded by John Mark. More specifically, today’s passage is found in the first thirty-four verses of the tenth chapter. “And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the father side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wrong, he taught them again. And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? Tempting him. And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter, and he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put waay his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery” (Mark 10:1-12).

            “And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them” (Mark 10:13-16).

            “And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions” (Mark 10:17-22).

            “And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto His disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how har dis it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:23-27).

            “Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sister, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last first” (Mark 10:28-31).

            “And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jess went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: and they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again” (Mark 10:32-34).

            IS IT LAWFUL TO PUT AWAY THEIR WIFE? FOR THE HARDNESS OF YOUR HEART HE WROTE YOU THIS PRECEPT. BUT FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE CREATION GOD MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE! WHAT THEREFORE GOD HATH JOINED TOGETHER, LET NOT MAN PUT ASUNDER! AND THEY BROUGHT YOUNG CHILDREN TO HIM, THAT HE SHOLD TOUCH THEM: AND HIS DISCIPLES REBUKED THOSE THAT BROUGHT THEM! BUT WHEN JESUS SAW IT, HE WAS MUCH DISPLEASED, AND SAID UNTO THEM, SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME, AND FORBID THEM NOT: FOR OF SUC IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD! THERE CAME ONE RUNNING, AND KNEELED TO HIM, AND ASKED HIM, GOOD MASTER, WHAT SHALL I DO THAT I MAY INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE? JESUS SAID UNTO HIM, WHY CALLEST THOU ME GOOD? THERE IS NONE GOOD BUT ONE, THAT IS GOD! MASTER, ALL THESE HAVE I OBSERVED FROM MY YOUTH! THEN JESUS BEHOLDING HIM, LOVED HIM, AND SAID UNTO HIM! ONE THING THOU LACKEST: GO THY WAY, SELL WHATSOEVER THOU HAST, AND GIVE TO THE POOR, AND THOU SHALT HAVE TREASURE IN HEAVEN: AND COME, TAKE UP THE COSS, AND FOLLOW ME! HE WAS SAT AT THAT SAYING, AND WENT AWAY GRIEVED: FOR HE HAD GREAT POSSESSIONS! HOW HARDLY SHALL THEY HAT HAVE RICHES ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD! THE DISCIPLES WERE ASTONISHED AT HIS WORDS! HOW HARD IS IT FOR THEM THAT TRUST IN RICHES TO ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD! THEY WERE ASTONISHED OUT OF MEASURE, SAYING AMONG THEMSELVES, WHO THEN CAN BE SAVED? WITH MEN IT IS IMPOSSIBLE, BUT NOT WITH GOD! FOR WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! THEN PETER BEGAN TO SAY UNTO HIM, LO, WE HAVE LEFT ALL, AND HAVE FOLLOWED THEE! THERE IS NO MAN THAT HATH LEFT HOUSE, OR BRETHREN, OR SISTERS, OR FATHER, OR MOTHER, OR WIFE, OR CHILDREN, OR LANDS, FOR MY SAKE, AND THE GOSPEL’S. BUT HE SHALL RECEIVE AN HUNDREDFOLD NOW IN THIS TIME, HOUSES, AND BRETREN, AND SISTERS, AND MOTHERS, AND CHILDREN, AND LANDS, WITH PERSECUTIONS! AND IN THE WORLD TO COME ETERNAL LIFE! MANY THAT ARE FIRST SHALL BE LAST; AND THE LAST FIRST! BEHOLD, WE GO UP TO JERUSLAEM; AND THE SON OF MAN SHALL BE DELIVERED UNTO THE CHIEF PRIESTS, AND UNTO THE SCRIBES; AND THEY SHALL CONDEMN HIM TO DEATH, AND SHALL DELIVER HIM TO THE GENTILES! THEY SHALL MOCK HIM, AND SCOURGE HIM, AND SHALL SPIT UPON HIM, AND SHALL KILL HIM! AND THE THIRD DAY HE SHALL RISE AGAIN!

            When you come to this particular portion of Scripture you will find it written and recorded concerning Jesus the same events which the apostle Matthew wrote and recorded in the nineteenth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative he wrote concerning the life and ministry of Jesus. As you come to the words which are found within this passage of Scripture you will undoubtedly be brought face to face with yet one more attempt by the Pharisees to tempt, to trap, and to ensnare Jesus—and not even necessarily with words which He would speak, but rather with a question they would ask Him. It is quite interesting to read the words found in this portion of Scripture, for when the Pharisees came unto and gathered themselves to Jesus they deliberately and intentionally asked Him a question concerning that which was lawful according to the Law of Moses. If there is one thing which we must needs recognize and understand when reading and considering the gospel narratives it’s the incredible truth that the Pharisees were not only those who would seek to teach according to the Law of Moses, but they were also those who would seek to use the Law against Jesus. Pause for a moment and consider the fact that the same ones who were responsible for teaching and upholding the Law were the same would who would attempt to use the Law against Jesus—and not only would they use it against Him, but they would use it to tempt and trap Him with His words. You cannot read the gospel narratives surrounding the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ and not encounter and come face to face with the awesome and powerful truth that the same ones who would sit in Moses’ seat—those who were entrusted with teaching the people of Judaea, the people of Galilee, the people of Jerusalem, and those who would gather themselves unto the land of Israel during those days—would be those who would use that very seat to find reason to accuse, condemn, and judge Jesus and His disciples. You cannot read the four gospel narratives and not encounter and come face to face with the tremendous truth that the scribes, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and even the teachers of the Law would attempt to use the very Law they were supposed to teach and uphold against Jesus and His disciples that they might ensnare and trap Him in His words.

            It is truly something astonishing and worth thinking about and considering when you read the words found within these chapters and the gospel narratives themselves, for the words which we find within them present and paint a powerful picture of religion seeking to use the very thing it was supposed to teach and uphold against Jesus. The four gospel narratives have written and recorded within them a truly powerful expose and pattern of the scribes, the chief priests, the teachers of the Law, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the entire religious system itself knowing the Law, and perhaps even being those who would teach the Law, and yet they would use the Law as a means to ensnare and entrap Jesus according to that Law. Time and time again you will find and read the words which are found within this passage of Scripture and you will find the religious system and the religious establishment taking the Law which was given unto Moses as a means to separate and consecrate the children of Israel before a holy God as a tool and instrument against Jesus and against His disciples. What’s more, is that as you read the words found within the four gospels you will essentially be brought face to face with the tremendous truth that the religious system would indeed and would in fact weaponize the Law of Moses during those days and use it as a tool and instrument of death and destruction. WHEN RELIGION WEAPONIZES THE LAW! WHEN RELIGION USES THE LAW AS A TOOL AND INSTRUMENT OF JUDGMENT RATHER THAN HOLINESS! WHEN RELIGION WEAPONIZES THE LAW AND USES IT AS A SWORD TO STRIKE DOWN OTHERS! Oh I cannot help but be absolutely captured with and by the words found in this portion of Scripture, for the words which are found here bring us face to face with the awesome and terrifying reality that one of the surest signs of religion and the religious spirit among us in our midst is the weaponization of the Law of Moses and attempting to use it as an instrument of death, of judgment, of condemnation and destruction.

            Oh dear brother, oh dear sister—would it shock and surprise you to think about and consider that while it is true the Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword, and that the Word of God is indeed and is in fact considered the Sword of the Spirit, it can in fact be weaponized and used as a sword against flesh and blood rather than against principalities, against spiritual wickedness in high places, against demons, against unclean spirits, and the like? Would it shock and surprise you to think about and consider the absolutely tragic and terrifying reality that the Word of God can indeed and can in fact be weaponized and be used as a weapon of destruction within churches, within houses of worship, and within those places of worship we gather together? If there is one thing the scribes, the Pharisees, the chief priests, the elders of Israel, the Sadducees, and the religious system proved and demonstrated during those days it’s that they could indeed and could in fact use the Law of Moses as a tool and instrument of destruction and devastation rather than as a tool and instrument of righteousness, of holiness and obedience before and in the sight of the living God. The religious system would indeed and would in fact take the word of God and use it as a means of tearing down, a means of ensnaring, and a means of entrapping Jesus—and not only of Jesus, but also of His disciples and those who would walk with and follow Him. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this, for it calls and draws our attention to the absolutely astounding and remarkable truth that the religious system and the religious establishment would indeed take the word of God and would use it as an instrument and weapon against the Lord Jesus the Christ to tear down, to destroy, and to essentially ensnare and entrap Him. Oh we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this, for it brings us face to face with the awesome and powerful truth that the Word of God can indeed and can in fact be used as a weapon of mass destruction against the saints of God and against flesh and blood when it was never designed or intended to do so. It is with that in mind I invite you to consider the following words which are found in the Old Testament book of Genesis concerning the fall of Adam and Eve, the words which are found in the twenty-third chapter of the Old Testament prophetic book of Jeremiah, the words which are found in the New Testament gospel narratives written by Matthew and Luke, as well as the words which are found in the New Testament epistle written unto the Ephesians, as well as the New Testament epistle which was written unto the Hebrews:

            “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat” (Genesis 3:1-13).

            “Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken  man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness. For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right. For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD. Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: For I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the LORD. And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused me people Israel to err. I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD. They say still unto them that despise me, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, NO evil shall come upon you. FOR WHO HATH STOOD IN THE COUNSEL OF THE LORD, AND HATH PERCEIVED AND HEARD HIS WORD? WHO HATH MARKED HIS WORD, AND HEARD IT? Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the LORD shall not return, unto he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly. I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings. Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? Saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? Saith the LORD> I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? Yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell very man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal. The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? Saith the LORD. IS NOT MY WORD LIKE AS A FIRE? SAITH THE LORD; AND LIKE A HAMMER THAT BREAKETH THE ROCK IN PIECES?” (Jeremiah 23:9-29).

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, AND SAITH UNTO HIM, IF THOU BE THE SON OF GOD, CAST THYSELF DOWN: FOR IT IS WRITTEN, HE SHALL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE CONCERNING THEE: AND IN THEIR HANDS THEY SHALL BEAR THEE UP, LEST AT ANY TIME THOU DASH THY FOOT AGAINST A STONE. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the LORD thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him” (Matthew 4:1-11).

And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungred. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and saith unto him, Get thee behind me Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the LORD thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: FOR IT IS WRITTEN, HE SHALL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE OVER THEE, TO KEEP THEE: AND IN THEIR HANDS THEY SHALL BEAR THEE UP, LEST AT ANY TIME THOU DASH THY FOOT AGAINST A STONE. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the LORD thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season” (Luke 4:1-13).

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, and having done all, to stand. Therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:10-18).

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:12-13).

Now you might be wondering why I have chosen to include these passages of Scripture beginning with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and continuing all the way through the New Testament epistle which was written unto the Hebrews, and the truth and underlying fact of the matter is that when you think about it—it is entirely and altogether possible for the Word of God to be weaponized and to be used as a tool and instrument of destruction. If and as you read the four gospel narratives you will find and encounter the tremendous truth that the scribes, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the chief priests, the teachers of the Law, and the religious system which was present during the days of Jesus would indeed weaponize the Law of Moses and seek to use it as a weapon of destruction, devastation, judgment, condemnation, accusation, and the like against Jesus and His disciples. You cannot read the four gospel narratives and not encounter this tremendously powerful truth, for one of the surest signs of the religious spirit is the weaponization of the word of God and using it not for its intended purpose, but rather as an instrument of death and destruction. It was the apostle Paul who emphatically declared that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. The truth of the matter, however, is that the religious spirit and the religious system has always and will always act contrary and contradictory to these words spoken by the apostle Paul, for they can, they will, and they have taken the word of God and used it as an instrument of devastation and destruction in the midst of the house(s) of worship, and in the midst of the church.

We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of how absolutely incredibly and astonishing this truly is when you take the time to think about it, for it calls and draws our attention to the fact that the Word of God which is sharper than any two-edged sword, and the word of God which is indeed and is in fact the sword of the Spirit, can be used as an instrument of devastation and destruction. What’s more, is that much like Simon called Peter would take the sword which he had in his possession in the garden of Eden would strike the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear, so also have men and women taken the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and have used it to inflict pain, damage, harm, wounds, bruises, devastation and destruction. There is not a doubt in my mind that what we find and read in the four gospel narratives brings us face to face with the absolutely incredible and remarkable truth that the religious system and establishment which was present during the days of Jesus would indeed and would in fact use the Law of Moses as an instrument of devastation and destruction against Jesus—and not only would they use it as an instrument of devastation and destruction against Jesus, but they would also seek to use it against those who might even very well have been guilty. I can’t help but be reminded of the narrative and account of the woman who was caught in the act of adultery, and how it wasn’t the woman’s husband (if she was married), nor was it the wife of the man she had committed adultery with (if he was married) who brought this woman into the court of the Temple and ultimately into the presence of Jesus. If and as you read the words which are found in the eighth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative which was written and recorded by the apostle John you will find that it was religion—it was the chief priests, it was the scribes, it was the elders of Israel, it was the Pharisees—who would perhaps find this woman who had been caught in the act of adultery and bring her into the Temple and into the presence of Jesus. Oh one of the greatest questions I can’t help but ask when reading this particular narrative is why was it religion and the religious system that brought this woman into the court of the Temple and into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I sit here today thinking about and considering the narrative and account of the woman who was caught in the act of adultery, and I find it absolutely astonishing and captivating when you read how it wasn’t the woman’s husband—that one who perhaps could have been angered and offended with her actions—nor was it the wife of the man she had committed adultery with—also one who could have been offended and angered at what had taken place—who brought this woman into the court of the Temple and into the presence of Jesus. The text clearly indicates that it was religious and the religious system and the religious spirit which brought this woman into the court of the Temple and into the presence of Jesus there in the midst of the Temple. The underlying question we must needs ask ourselves is why was it religion, why was it the religious leaders, and why was it the religious spirit that sought to bring this woman into the court of the Temple and into the presence of Jesus. Why when we read the words found in this text and passage of Scripture do we encounter and come face to face with the awesome and tremendous truth that it was not only religion and the religious system who brought this woman into the court of the Temple and into the presence of Jesus, but it was also religion and the religious spirit which accused, judged and condemned this woman. What’s more, is that not only did and not only would they accuse this woman of committing adultery, and not only would they accuse her of such an act in accordance with the Law of Moses, but they would also declare how the Law of Moses demanded and declared that such a one should be stoned. When the religious system and establishment brought this woman into the presence of Jesus it cared not so much of the actual act this woman did, but rather that which the Law of Moses commanded, and even more so how they might trap and ensnare the person of Jesus the Christ. Oh it is with this in mind I invite you to consider the actual narrative and account of this woman who had been caught in the act of adultery and brought into the presence of Jesus:

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none by the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more” (John 8:1-11).

I have to admit that I can’t help but see a strong and powerful link and connection that is found within this passage and portion of Scripture and the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness where He was tempted of the devil. If you read the gospel narratives and accounts which were written by the apostle Matthew and the Gentile physician Luke you will find and read how the first temptation Satan the temper sought to bring against Him was the temptation to turn stones into bread. Essentially that which the tempter and Satan was seeking to do was tempt Jesus to use His divine power to satisfy His own needs, His own desires, and even His own wants after being hungry for He had fasted forty days. Oh we dare not and must not miss this, for Jesus would respond by emphatically declaring how it was written that man should not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the living God. The reason I am absolutely convinced we have great need of paying close and careful attention to this is that while it was indeed true that Satan and the tempter came to Jesus tempting Him to turn stones into bread, I am convinced that he comes to us tempting us to turn bread into stones. TURNING BREAD INTO STONES! If and as you read the words which are found in the eighth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative which was written by the apostle John you will find how the Pharisees would bring this woman caught in the act of adultery into the presence of Jesus and would speak unto Him concerning the Law, and how the Law demanded and even required that this woman be stoned. Scripture is entirely and altogether unclear if all those present on this particular day had already brought their stones of judgment, their stones of accusation, and their stones of condemnation with them to use against this woman, or if they had picked up stones within the Temple. We aren’t at all sure where those who were present on this day found and picked up the stones they were willing to cast at this woman, however, we know that after Jesus stood up after writing in the ground and declaring how that one who was without sin could cast the first stone they would each be convicted in their conscience, and beginning with the oldest would not only drop the stones in their hands, but would also depart from the court of the Temple.

Oh I am absolutely and completely convinced that we must pay close attention to the words which are found within this passage of Scripture, for I firmly believe that what we find here is a powerful witness and example of how men and women—even religious folk—can take the Law of Moses and turn it into stones whereby they can cast those stones at this woman who was caught in the act of adultery. The reason I find this particular narrative so incredibly intriguing and captivating is when you think about and consider the fact that while Jesus was tempted to change and transform stones into bread, we are tempted to do something entirely and altogether different—namely, turning bread into stones. Oh there is absolutely none among us who has ever turned or commanded stones be turned into bread, and the tempter and Satan knows that full well. I have never seen, witness or beheld anyone who has taken stones and commanded them that they be turned and transformed into bread. With this being said, however, I have in fact seen those who have been tempted to take bread and turn it into stones—and not only stones, but stones with which they can hurl against others in accusation, in judgment, in condemnation, in criticism, and the like. Perhaps one of the greatest realities surrounding the text in the eighth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle John is that we have one of the clearest pictures of what many within the church and within our houses of worship do with the Word of God—with that which is not only considered as the bread of life, but also that which is considered as the sword of the Spirit. I am absolutely and completely convinced that there have been countless men and women who have not turned, nor have they commanded stones to be turned into bread, but they have turned bread into stones. What’s more, is that not only have they turned bread into stones, but they have brought those stones into the Temple (the house of the Lord and the house of worship) and into the presence of Jesus that they might hurl them in judgment, condemnation and accusation against others. There have been countless men and women among us who have taken the bread which has been given to us by the living and eternal God and have changed and transformed it into stones—and not only into stones, but also stones which we can hurl at others.

I sit here today thinking about and considering the awesome and powerful truth that there have been many within the church and within houses of worship who have taken that which is supposed to be the bread of life and have turned it into stones which can in turn be used to cast at others in judgment, in accusation, in condemnation, and the like. WE know from reading the text and passages in the Old Testament book of Genesis, as well as the New Testament gospels written by Luke and Matthew that the tempter and Satan knows the Word of God—and not only does the tempter know the Word of God, but he can indeed and can in fact use it for his own advantage and his own gain. He attempted to cast doubt upon the word and command which God had spoken in the garden, and He attempted to use the word and command of God to cause Eve to feel as though God was somehow withholding something from them. Moreover, it was in the wilderness when Satan took the divine word of God and attempted to twist and distort it in his temptation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Satan used the words which were found in the ninety-first chapter of the Old Testament book of the Psalms and sought to use it in his temptation of Jesus as means for Him to put the LORD his God to the test. We must needs realize and understand this, for it calls and draws our attention to the awesome and powerful truth that one of the greatest weapons of religion and the religious spirit is taking bread and turning it into stones that we might use it against others. The religious spirit has always and continues to be incredibly good at taking that which was meant to provide and create life within the hearts and lives of men and women as bread and turn it into which it will use as weapons against others. If you read the Synoptic Gospels you will find that each of them records and recounts Jesus feeding the five thousand with loaves of bread and with fish, as well as Jesus feeding four thousand with loves of bread and with fish. In each of these narratives and accounts we find the Lord Jesus taking that bread, blessing it, breaking it, multiplying it, and giving it to the disciples that they might feed the multitude. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we pay close and careful attention to this, for it calls and draws our attention to how the word of God—which is the bread of life—should and ought to be handled.

I absolutely love the contrast between Jesus taking the loaves of bread and His blessing it, breaking it, multiplying it, and distributing it unto the disciples to feed the multitude and the Pharisees and those which were present in the court of the Temple who each had a stone in their head ready to stone the woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. We have been given a command to take the bread of life which is the word of God and not only ask the Lord to bless it, but also to break it, and to multiply it, and to distribute to others that they might be fed and might receive life. We as the disciples and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ have been given bread from the Master’s hand which we are to distribute to those groups which are before us—perhaps groups of fifty, perhaps groups of hundred, or perhaps even smaller groups—that they might all eat, be fed and be filled. The underlying danger, however, is that the religious spirit can and will attempt to bring us to the place where we take that bread and turn it into stones which we can use as weapons of judgment, condemnation and accusation against others. Those who were present in the court of the Temple and in the presence of Jesus knew that this woman had been caught in the act of adultery and they were ready to stone her—and not even because they wanted to stone her, but because it was commanded in the Law to stone such a one. What makes this narrative all the more disturbing as you consider the religious spirit is that religion did not bring both the woman and the man who had been caught in the act of adultery into the court of the Temple, and into the presence of Jesus, but they had brought the woman alone. The question I can’t help but ask and wonder is where was the man who was also part of the act of adultery. Where was that man who had indeed and had in fact been involved in the same act of adultery as the woman, and why was he permitted to remain completely and utterly innocent without having been brought into the presence of Jesus.

When we think about this taking the bread of life and turning it into stones we must needs recognize and understand that also at the very heart and center of it is the additional concept of accusing some whilst excusing others. What we find within this portion and passage of Scripture is the Pharisees indicting, accusing and condemning this woman while excusing the man. Oh is it possible that the man with whom she had committed adultery with was a Pharisee? Is it possible that the man with whom she had committed adultery with was a chief priest, or a teacher of the Law, or maybe even a Sadducee? Is it possible that in their attempt to accuse and condemn this one woman they were also seeking to protect and excuse that man who had also been engaged in the act of adultery? Scripture does not say, nor does it disclose the details of this man, but just as both David and Bathsheba were involved in the act of adultery, so also was this woman and that man caught in the act of adultery. It is something worth noting and pointing out when reading this particular narrative and passage that religion and the religious system might very well have been attempting to protect the man who had also been involved in the act of adultery and/or were even trying to excuse him from the act of adultery. I find the words in this narrative so incredibly powerful and remarkable, for when we think about the idea of taking bread and commanding it to be turned into stones—that which we are actually doing is weaponizing the word of God that we might use it as means to accuse, to condemn, to criticize and to judge others. The religious spirit has always and will always tempt men and women to take that which is the bread of life and which was to be distributed unto the masses that they might receive and obtain life and nourishment, and turn it into stones which can be used to create destruction, devastation, judgment, condemnation, accusation, criticism, and the like. Oh I can’t help but wonder what would and could have happened had Jesus allowed the Pharisees and those who had stones in their hand to stone this woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. What would and what could the gospels have looked like if Jesus had allowed the guilty to in fact be stoned to death—and not only stoned to death, but stoned in the Temple of the Lord.

It is truly something interesting and astonishing that the One who could have authorized this woman to be stoned to death was the one who actually delivered her from her accusers, and delivered her from the stones. As you read this particular narrative you can and you will be brought face to face with the awesome and powerful truth that not only did Jesus deliver this woman from her accusers, but Jesus also delivered this woman from the stones which would have been cast against her. I am absolutely and completely convinced that one of the things that is so desperately needed within our churches and our houses of worship is not only the dropping and casting down of the stones we have in our hands to hurl at others, but also Jesus delivering men and women from condemnation, from accusation, from judgment, from criticism, from cynicism, and the like. We would be incredibly naïve to think about and consider that there aren’t those among us who have taken bread and turned it into stones—and not only turned bread into stones, but attempted to use it to hurl and cast at others. I am absolutely and completely convinced there are men and women among us who have weaponized the bread of life by turning it into stones, and they have used the word of God as means of condemning and accusing others. One of the greatest things religion and the religious spirit is good at is taking the Word of God and weaponizing it as stones and/or even as a sword which is used not against the real enemies and adversaries in the spiritual realm, but is used against flesh and blood. It was the apostle Paul who emphatically declared and proclaimed that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against rulers of darkness, against spiritual wickedness in high places, and yet the truth of the matter is that there are men and women who are turning bread into stones, and who are using the sword of the Spirit to engage in acts of violence against flesh.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing realities surrounding the epistles which the apostle Paul wrote unto the Galatians, the Romans and the Ephesians is not only how the apostle Paul wrote that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but the apostle Paul also declared that there is this enmity that exists between the flesh and the Spirit. When writing to the churches in Galatia the apostle Paul even spoke unto them concerning beginning in the Spirit and now attempting to continue in the flesh. The apostle Paul made it perfectly clear that there was this tension, there was this war, and there was this animosity between the flesh and the Spirit, and yet I would dare say that there is another front in which this takes place—one that is not readily or easily recognizable, and one that very few are actually willing to talk about and acknowledge. I would dare say there is an additional conflict and tension between flesh and the Spirit as there are those who would use the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God much like Simon called Peter used the sword to strike off the ear of the servant of the high priest. There are men and women who are attempting to take the sword of the Spirit—that which is a tool and weapon of the Spirit—and they are using it against flesh and blood. Oh please note that I am not speaking about using it against our own flesh, but rather using it against the flesh and blood of our brothers. There are men and women who can and will weaponize the Word of God which is the sword of the Spirit and us it to inflict harm, damage, and wounds within and upon the hearts and lives of those whom they interact with. The scribes, the chief priests, the elders of Israel, the Pharisees, and even the Sadducees were incredibly skillful in weaponizing the Law of Moses and using it as a tool and instrument of devastation and destruction during the days of Jesus. We know that they attempted to weaponize the Law of Moses in the case of the woman who was caught in the act of adultery, and how they sought to use the Law—not to condemn this woman, but rather to trap and ensnare the Lord Jesus Christ.

I sit here today thinking about and considering this truly awesome and incredible truth of men and women moving and operating in the religious spirit, and how they are not only turning bread into stones, but they are also taking the sword of the Spirit and using it against flesh and blood. There would be those who would seek to argue, contend and strive against this particular truth and reality, and yet time and time again within the New Testament gospel narratives you will find and encounter the incredibly powerful narrative of the scribes and Pharisees coming unto Jesus with the Law—with that which was written and commanded in the Law of Moses—and using it as a means of ensnaring and entrapping Jesus. There were those within the religious system who would use the Law of Moses as a means and method of entrapment—something which I would call religious entrapment and the weaponization of the word of God. RELIGIOUS ENTRAPMENT AND THE WEAPONIZATION OF THE WORD OF GOD: TURNING BREAD INTO STONES AND UNLEASHING THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD! There are countless men and women who are not only reading from the same playbook of the scribes, the Pharisees, the chief priests, the elders of Israel, and the Pharisees and Sadducees, but are also moving and operating in the same manner and spirit as they themselves did. There are countless men and women among us within our churches and houses of worship that are completely and utterly bound by the religious spirit, and as a direct result of their being bound by the religious spirit have committed themselves to setting traps within the house of God and among the people of God. One of the greatest dangers surrounding the religious spirit is that it has always and will always engage itself in religious entrapment and the weaponization of the word of God in the midst of the house of God. The religious Spirit has always and will always take the sword of the Spirit and use it not against spiritual wickedness, against principalities, against rulers of darkness and against the unseen forces of the spiritual realm, but rather against flesh and blood—against brothers and sisters.

Upon reading the words which are found in this particular passage before us we find the Pharisees coming unto Jesus with something they had taken from the Law of Moses which they would present before and unto Him that they might find reason to accuse, condemn, judge, and entrap Him. You cannot read the words found in this passage of scripture and not encounter and come face to face with the awesome and powerful truth that these within the days and generation of Jesus the Christ were not wholeheartedly committed to weaponizing the Law of Moses and using it as a means to find reason to accuse and condemn Jesus. We know that they would accuse both Jesus and His disciples for violating the sabbath days, and we know that they accused the disciples of violating the traditions of the elders, and we also know that they would accuse Jesus of being a friend of publicans and sinners and eating and fellowshipping with them. With all of this being said, however, it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand how the Pharisees and the religious system would also use the Law of Moses—and not even the whole Law of Moses, but certain parts of the Law of Moses—as means of entrapping and ensnaring Jesus. What’s more, is I would dare say that they chose those parts of the Law of Moses which were perhaps more controversial than others—adultery and divorce—and would use them from the Law of Moses as means to accuse, condemn, judge, ensnare and entrap the Lord Jesus Christ. We must needs realize and understand the tremendous truth surrounding the scribes, the Pharisees, the chief priests, the elders of Israel, the teachers of the Law is that not only would they weaponize the Law of Moses and use it as a means to ensnare and entrap Jesus, but they would also take those parts and portions which would be considered controversial—adultery and divorce—and use them as means of accusing Jesus and finding fault with Him.

The more I think about and the more I consider this the more I can’t help but see this powerfully demonstrated and taking place within the house of God in this generation—and not even necessarily concerning that which was written in the Word of God, but even social issues such as the “Black Lives Matter” movement, politics, gender equality, racial equality, police brutality, and the like. If you have paid attention for any length of time over the past year you have watched and witnessed as men and women have been consumed and inundated with what the media has been presenting in terms of racial tensions, political divides, protests, civil unrest, and the countless other items that have dominated the media, big tech and social media. What’s more, is that in the past year we have witnessed the weaponization of politics, the weaponization of free speech, the weaponization of racial tension and divide, the weaponization of civil unrest, the weaponization of police brutality, and so much more in order to serve a specific agenda and fit a particular narrative. WE dare not and must not miss and lose sight of how absolutely incredible this truly is when you take the time to think about it, for it calls and draws our attention to the awesome truth that we have spent a year living during days and times in which movements, tension, unrest, and the like have all been weaponized and used as instruments of destruction and devastation. What’s more, is that over the past year—perhaps more than ever, or at least in increased measure—the emotions, the thoughts and the feelings of men and women have been weaponized and used against others within, across and throughout this country. There have been countless political figures, organizations and even those within government who have capitalized on the weaponization of emotions, thoughts and feelings of men and women during this time, and as a result there has been a great unrest, tension and division within this country. We would have be to be incredibly naïve to miss and lose sight of how absolutely delicate, volatile and intense this truly has been within our generation during the past year, and how dangerous and deadly it truly has been.

With all of this being said I am absolutely and completely convinced that one of the places where emotions, thoughts and feelings cannot, should not and must not be weaponized is in the church and within our houses of worship. The gospels are replete with example after example of the religious system weaponizing the Law of Moses and using it as weapons of destruction against Jesus, against His disciples, and against His church. What’s more, is that I am absolutely convinced that there are powerful examples of the religious system creating weapons of mass destruction within the days and time of Jesus as they would use divisive issues such as adultery and divorce to seek to ensnare and entrap Jesus. It’s actually truly interesting to read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture, for here we find the scribes and the Pharisees taking something that was written in the Law of Moses and using it as a means to ensnare and entrap Jesus. Not only this, but I would also dare say that those who were present during these days and times would have used it to divide those who were present during those days. Pause and think about how divisive adultery and divorce have been and still continue to be within our culture and our society, and how the religious system would have used these as means to ensnare and entrap Jesus. The Pharisees would bring a woman caught in the act of adultery and attempt to use her narrative and what was commanded in the Law as means to find reason to accuse Jesus, and here in this particular portion of Scripture we find them using divorce as means to accuse, condemn and judge Jesus. The Pharisees sought to use something as sensitive as divorce—and not only something as sensitive as divorce, but also something that could be as polarizing and divisive as divorce—in the presence of Jesus to find reason to accuse and condemn Him. Oh we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this, for this is how the religious spirit has presented itself, and how the religious spirit continues to present itself throughout the generations.

As I prepare to bring this writing to a close it is absolutely necessary that we call and draw our attention to the tremendous truth that we as the people of God must be aware of the temptation—not to turn stones into bread, but to turn bread into stones. The tempter doesn’t come to us tempting us to turn stones into bread, but he does come to us tempting us to turn bread into stones. What’s more, is the enemy comes to us and would have us turn bread into stones, and multiply those stones that we might inflict damage and harm to those who are before and all around us. The Pharisees brought this woman who was caught in the act of adultery into the Temple and into the presence of Jesus, and it would be in the house of God and in the presence of Jesus they would take the Law of Moses and transform it into stones. What’s more, is that not only would they look for a reason to stone this woman, but they were also looking for a reason to indict, accuse and ensnare Jesus with His words. OH I can’t help but wonder how many stonings would have taken place during the days of Jesus. We know that the Romans engaged in crucifixion, but I can’t help but wonder how many stonings actually took place if such commands were in the Law of Moses. The truth that I can’t help but wonder within this passage is would the Pharisees even have gone through with the stoning of this woman, or if they were merely using her situation and the Law of Moses as means to carry out and exact their own vengeance, their own animosity, their own judgment, their own malice, and their own hatred. I would dare say that if Jesus had allowed those present at the temple on this particular day to stone this woman they would have undoubtedly done so. Oh I’m not sure how many among them would have actually stoned this woman, but what I am certain of is that there would have been those present on this particular day who would have indeed and would have in fact stoned this woman.

The more I think about and consider this the more I am brought face to face with the truth that the religious spirit can, will and has attempted to produce religious entrapment and has weaponized the word of God—not only in turning bread into stones, but using the sword of the Spirit against flesh and blood. Are you one who continually uses the Word of God to belittle, degrade, humiliate, judge, condemn, accuse, wound and bruise others? If you are such a one within the house of God then I would very much declare unto you that you are one who has weaponized the Word of God. What’s more, is I would dare say that this is and can be just as true in the pulpits of our churches as much as it is in the pews among us in our midst. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this, for it calls and forces us to acknowledge the truth that is present within our own hearts—perhaps even that truth which is ugly and hideous and which we don’t want to confront or deal with. We would like to think that we cannot and will not be those who would be guilty of weaponizing the word of God as we turn bread into stones and use the sword of the Spirit against flesh and blood, and yet what we might find ourselves doing is the same thing the scribes and Pharisees did when they said that if they were alive during the days and times of the prophets they would not have stoned or put them to death. Oh we have a tremendous need within our hearts and lives to be those who truly recognize that we can indeed and can in fact be guilty of weaponizing the word of God and using it to inflict harm, danger, devastation, destruction and wounds and bruises in the lives of others. What’s more, is that it is also just as possible that we can take that which was meant to be bread—and not just bread, but bread of life—and instead of multiplying bread and giving it out that others might be fed, we transform it into stones and multiply it as we use it as weapons against others. This is perhaps most readily and easily seen in judgment, in judging others, as well as in cynicism. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this, for it draws and calls our attention to the tremendous danger that surrounds seeking to weaponize the Word of God and using it as means of inflicting damage, destruction and devastation in the lives of others.

I find it absolutely necessary to call and draw your attention to that which took place in the nineteenth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew, as well as the tenth chapter of the New Testament gospel written by John Mark, for what we find here is the Pharisees—not only weaponizing the Law of Moses, but also weaponizing a subject matter such as divorce, and using it as means of ensnaring and entrapping the Lord Jesus Christ. WE have a great and powerful need to truly recognize and understand this, for it forces us to acknowledge how we are truly using the Word of God and whether we are using the Word of God correctly as we rightly divide it and showing ourselves approved as workmen who need not be ashamed, or whether we are those who are taking the Word of God which is the sword of the Spirit and using it as Simon Peter did with the sword when we struck off the ear of the servant of the high priest. Oh, perhaps a single question we must needs ask ourselves is how much damage and harm have we done with the sword of the Spirit, and how many casualties have we created because of what we have done with the divine word of God. How many times have we taken the living Word of God which is sharper than any two-edged sword, and we have used it to strike people down, and/or even to cut people down? It was within the prophetic book of Jeremiah we find the word of God as a hammer, and we must needs ask ourselves if we have taken the Word of God and indeed weaponized it that we might use it as means to destroy and divide others. Oh there is not a doubt in my mind that the scribes and the Pharisees attempted to take the Law of Moses and weaponize it—not only against others as was the case of the woman caught in the act of adultery, but also using it against the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this and how absolutely dangerous and even treacherous it is when we take the word of God and use it as a sword and hammer against others as we engage in conflict against flesh and blood rather than principalities, against spiritual wickedness, against rulers of darkness, against unclean spirits, and the like.

The scribes and the Pharisees would take subject matters such as divorce and adultery and not only use those subject matters as means of dividing, but they would also use what was commanded in the Law of Moses as an attempt to ensnare and entrap Jesus. Just as the serpent and Satan in the garden attempted to distort and twist the word and command of God to beguile Eve, and just as the serpent attempted to tempt the Lord Jesus by twisting the word of God in the wilderness, so also can and so also does the serpent attempt to bring us to the point and place where we can take the word of God and weaponize it for our own agenda, our own narrative, and our own motives and purposes. There is a great need to pay close and careful attention to the words which are found within the gospel narratives, for there is a tremendous danger that exists around taking the sword of the Spirit and using it to strike and cut down flesh and blood. There is a great danger and temptation in taking the bread of life and transforming it into stones that we might hurl those stones against others as the Jews took stones and cast them at Stephen and caused him to be the church’s first martyr. Oh how many spiritual martyrs have we created among us within our churches and within our houses because we have weaponized the word of God and taken that which was intended on being the bread of life and transformed it into stones? How many times have we taken those morsels of bread within the word of God and transformed them into stones which we have coincidentally hurled and cast at others in judgment, condemnation, accusation and criticism? Oh we must needs be aware of this, for it is a great danger when we attempt to take the bread of life and transform it into stones which we can cast at others in judgment, in condemnation and accusation. It is a great and terrifying thing to take the sword of the Spirit and not only misuse it, but also misappropriate it as we use it—not against spiritual wickedness, or against rulers of darkness, or against principalities, but against flesh and blood. Oh that we as the people of God would be those who truly know how to rightly divide the word of God, and that we would recognize the true design and intention of the word of God. Let us deliver and set ourselves free from the temptation and even the bondage of weaponizing the word of God and using it as stones and swords whereby we have unleashed havoc, destruction and devastation in the lives of others.

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