Books – the Ultimate Weapons of Mass Instruction

I wrote about the Second Amendment the other day and Tuija (who blogs at Read, Go, Adventure) commented with a link to a photograph that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase the pen is mightier than the sword.:

The Argentinian Weapon of Mass Instruction (Story at Laughing Squid)

How’d you like to see this pulling up in your neighborhood? I’m sure there’s got to be some words worth reading on that ride.

The Power of the Word

Words can be tricky. The Bible cautions against being too wordy:

… many words mark the speech of a fool. (Ecclesiastes 5:3.)

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. (Matthew 6:7.)

But it also says that many words can be effective:

And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them. (Luke 3:18.)

So when the Samaritans came to [Jesus], they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. (John 4:40-41.)

In fact, words themselves are called a weapon in Scripture, one that is more powerful than any earthly weapon of war:

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12.)

There’s a good reason for this: Jesus is the Word, the Logos if you want to say it in the original Greek.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 14.)

As John went on to immediately explain, he was talking about Jesus. So all words about God are defined or governed by the One who is the Word, Jesus the true expression of God.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form. (Ephesians 2:9.)

So let’s not speak empty words but full, that we too can wield this weapon of mass instruction: the gospel of Jesus’s love and power and grace and mercy.


[And if our words about God ever need correcting, I hope to have someone correct me as carefully as this seminary professor offers corrections for those in charge of the ESV Bible translation.]

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10 Responses to Books – the Ultimate Weapons of Mass Instruction

  1. Laura Droege says:

    Awesome photo. Great thoughts on words, too. It’s challenging for any of us who write to know how to convey our message with both love and truth, especially when the message of truth is challenging or offensive to our readers.

    Um, and you know what you wrote about correcting words? I think you meant “tricky” and not “traicky” in the sentence “Words can be traicky.”

  2. Jeannie says:

    That tank is amazing! This post and the picture reminded me of Karen Swallow Prior’s chapter in Booked on “reading promiscuously” — the power of sharing and understanding different viewpoints and discerning truth. Words and reading help us do that.

  3. Pastor Bob says:

    I saw something different on the first glance:
    The two men were stopped by the TSA for having in their possession,
    =graphing calculator
    =graph paper

    =booked as members of the Algebra Movement possessing implements of MATH INSTRUCTION…. the phrase I fist saw. (more coffee please…)

  4. Tuija says:

    I’m glad you liked the picture 🙂
    And I really like the way you take the concept and link it to the Gospel. Such a great train of thought 🙂 (and so far from a train wreck!)

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