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FIGHTING FUTILITY

January 29, 2015

Thursday

 

Isaiah 40:6-7

 

A voice says, “Call out.” Then he answered, “What shall I call out?” All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, When the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.

 

 

LESSON

 

The same divine voice continued to call out. This time a messenger (Isaiah) asked what to call and the voice instructed him. He was to announce the brevity of human life, comparing it to the grass that quickly turns brown in Palestine and to the wildflowers that only last a few weeks. Israel’s oppressors were no stronger or more reliable than grass.

The breath of the Lord not only brings life, but it also brings death to people, even His people, as well as to their enemies and to the grass and flowers. The Apostle James combined these figures into one: “flowering grass”. The hot winds that blew into Israel from the east quickly withered the grass, and the prophet likened this wind to God’s wilting judgments on humankind.

 

Memory Verse: Job 9:22

 

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