The Word will stand forever

 

The Verse of the Day for July 6, 2017 reminds us of the brevity of life in light of our current times spoken of in the Word of God found in Matthew 24:35 in the Message Bible:

“Take a lesson from the fig tree. From the moment you notice its buds form, the merest hint of green, you know summer’s just around the corner. So it is with you: When you see all these things, you’ll know he’s at the door. Don’t take this lightly. I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for all of you. This age continues until all these things take place. Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out.

The King James Version says this:

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

The Psalmist also proclaims the same truth: “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). Indeed, the Holy Bible, the Book of Life, the Word of God, the word of the Lord endures forever.

Psalm 119:160 (AMP) also makes known this:

The sum of Your word is truth [the full meaning of all Your precepts], And every one of Your righteous ordinances endures forever.

1 Peter 1:22-25 (NKJV) echoes the same sentiments regarding “The Enduring Word”:

22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,24 because
“All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
25 But the word of the LORD endures forever.”
Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

Verses 24-25 of this passage also contain a verbatim quote found in Isaiah 40:6-8, a passage used as part of the epigraph or introduction to a poem inspired after standing on the stump of a massive oak tree that had gradually died over a period of time, eventually having to be cut down. Although the tree had been around for centuries, its demise brought to mind how fleeting life is in the light of eternity.

The Old Oak Stump

The grass withers, the flower fades,
because the breath of the LORD blows upon it:
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God stands for ever.
Isaiah 40:7-8

I stand dead center on the old oak stump,
The ruin of a woodland monument,
My feet encircled by the woody rings
That number far beyond remembered years.
I read between the lines of annual
Reports a history of all you have seen:
You saw the Shawnee dance around his fires;
You knew the name of each German who came
To farm, to build, and to beget his sons
Under the shaded beauty of your boughs;
You spread your arms and offered shelter as
A dwelling place for bird and beast and boy.
Yet time’s swift stroke condemned the tenement
As progress served its eviction notice.
Men leveled the tree whose lease had expired,
Legend of a people, long since cut off,
Like meadow grass overgrowing the land
Where I stand and read man’s life history:
Fleeting as baby’s breath, man’s day sprinkles
Grasslands for a season, then blows away.
All life evaporates like dew, except
The Word of God, which ever shall inspire.

Ken Whitson offers an original song “The Word Will Stand Forever” to seal the words of today’s blog post.

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One Response to “The Word will stand forever”

  1. Deborah Ann Says:

    Amen and Amen!

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