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The word of the Lord remains forever

October 28, 2017

1 Peter 1--24-25

Revised and re-posted, the Verse of the Day for October 28, 2017 proclaims the enduring properties of the Word of God:

1 Peter 1:24-25 (New Living Translation):

As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But t.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.

In James 1:11 we find a similar reference to fleeting nature of all mankind.

11 The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.J

The Verse of the Day is also an expression of Isaiah 40:6-8 which echoes the same message:

A voice said, “Shout!”
I asked, “What should I shout?”

“Shout that people are like the grass.
Their beauty fades as quickly
as the flowers in a field.
The grass withers and the flowers fade
beneath the breath of the Lord.
And so it is with people.
The grass withers and the flowers fade more
but the word of our God stands forever.”

This particular passage is used as the epigraph or introduction to a poem written almost 45 years ago while living in northwest Ohio. I recall 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.

The Psalmist also proclaims the same truth:

Psalm 119:89

Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.

Psalm 119:160 reiterates this message:

 The very essence of your words is truth; all your just regulations will stand forever.

Jesus Christ, himself, makes a similar declaration in Matthew 24:35 (KJV):

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

Indeed, the Holy Bible, the Book of Life, the Word of God, the word of the Lord endures forever.

We close with Ken Whitson offering “The Word Will Stand Forever.”

 

The Word will stand forever

July 6, 2017

 

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.

The Word will stand forever

October 28, 2016

1-peter-1-24-25

The Verse of the Day for October 28, 2016 proclaims the enduring properties of the Word of God:

1 Peter 1:24-25 (New Living Translation):

As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.

This passage is also an expression of Isaiah 40:6-8 (NLT) which echoes the same message:

A voice said, “Shout!”
I asked, “What should I shout?”

“Shout that people are like the grass.
Their beauty fades as quickly
as the flowers in a field.
The grass withers and the flowers fade
beneath the breath of the Lord.
And so it is with people.
The grass withers and the flowers fade more
but the word of our God stands forever.”

This particular passage is also used as the epigraph or introduction to a poem written almost 40 years ago while living in northwest Ohio. I recall 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 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.

The Psalmist also proclaims the same truth:

Psalm 119:89

Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.

Psalm 119:160 (NLT) reiterates this message:

 The very essence of your words is truth; all your just regulations will stand forever.

Jesus Christ makes a similar declaration in Matthew 24:35 (KJV):

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

Indeed, the Holy Bible, the Book of Life, the Word of God, the word of the Lord endures forever.

We close with Ken Whitson offering “The Word Will Stand Forever.”

My words will never pass away: Jesus never fails

July 6, 2015

Matthew 24--35From Matthew 24:35 (NIV) comes the Verse of the Day for July 6, 2015:

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Just as the words of Jesus Christ are eternal, those who believe those words obtain eternal life.

John 5:24 [Amplified Bible] states the message this way:

I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life.

John 5:25 (NKJ) makes clear this revelation:

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

This messages is reiterated in John 8:51 [Amplified Bible]

I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone observes My teaching [lives in accordance with My message, keeps My word], he will by no means ever see and experience death.

Jesus goes on to explain the source of eternal life: John 6:63 (NLT):

The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

How comforting to know that that when we hear the life-giving words that Jesus spoke and trust in or rely on those words, we inherit eternal life. The Verse of the Day and related passages from the Gospels remind us that “Jesus Never Fails”: