“A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” (Isaiah 40:6-8)
In this mystical dialog there is eternal truth which can order our position. With ears we hear instruction to speak out, but what can we say? The faithfulness, the essence of human righteousness and worth, is fleeting, temporary and insufficient in the presence of Almighty God. He moves, works and lives, breathing sustaining life upon every living thing, but His slightest breath crushes and withers the flowers of grass. Like grass, our brief flower of beauty, glory and value is snuffed out by God’s all consuming reality and sovereign will. The Word of the Lord endures forever! His command and purpose is infinitely perfect, eternally relevant. Though people and grass fade away the Word of God endures and reverberates through His people as an echo of His glory and majesty. Shama O’Israel.
What is that Word? “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” (John 6:63) Love came to the world in the presence of Yeshua Messiah, who gave himself for us, as a sacrifice for sin which brings death. Yet, He rose resurrected to eternal life. Moreover, the life giver gives eternal life to all who believe upon Him. Generation after generation has come and gone, given physical life to experience for a moment or eighty years or so in order to hear the word of God and respond or reject it. We all acknowledge that death is a part of life, particularly, when our parents have lived a good long life and are suffering the decline of old age. It’s extremely difficult to see when an innocent precious child is taken. “The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.” (Isaiah 57:1) God created us to live forever, but with Adam’s fall we all die, but those in Yeshua, Messiah we will rise again to eternal life. As Paul said, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
(1 Corinthians 15:19) “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” (Romans 14:8)