Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 21 (As The Flower of the Field, Part 13: “Forever Young?”)

By admin On January 21st, 2018

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 21

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As The Flower of the Field, Part 13: “Forever Young?”

To read Part 1, click here… “March 19th (As the Flower of the Field!)”

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“All flesh is grass,

and all the goodliness thereof

is as the flower of the field:

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:

because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it:

surely the people is grass.

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:

but the Word of our God shall stand for ever.”

Isaiah 40:6-8

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Back in 1979, a very nice song was recorded entitled, “Forever Young”.

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And it sang about God, and it praised the virtues of doing what is right in daily life, and wished for the fulfillment of our earthly dreams.

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But the song’s big centerpiece was to desire for the listener to be “forever young!”

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Very nice sentiments!

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Bob Dylan – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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WE’VE ALL GROWN OLDER NOW

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But alas, time does not stop! And life’s passenger train just keeps rolling down the tracks of time, never slowing down, on its way to the final station.

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And we have all grown much older since those lyrics were first penned: almost 40 years have passed at the time of the writing of this devotional. Most of that song’s original fans are now well into their 60’s or 70’s , although many have no doubt passed away.

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But the sad truth is that none of us have stayed forever young!

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Train locomotive – Hans Baluschek Anfahrender Schnellzug – 1909 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“THE GRASS WITHERETH, AND THE FLOWER THEREOF FALLETH AWAY”

1st Peter 1:24

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Now maybe one might say, that being “young in heart”, is a fulfillment of what it means to be “forever young”.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sandylion.jpg

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But even being young-at-heart is only a temporary situation! Because we all must eventually die.

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No, Isaiah 40:6-8 says it very poetically…“All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the Word of our God shall stand for ever.” 

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Here is the fate of all humans. Forever in Sheol (Hebrew for, “the grave” or, “Hell”)!

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Child & Dandelion – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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OUR YOUTH & BEAUTY FLEES AWAY!

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Yes, human life is like the grass, and our beauty is like the fading flower of the field. We begin with so much life and vitality. And we flourish for about twenty years.

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But then, like that flower of the field, we begin to slowly wither away! By thirty a few petals fallen away. By forty a few more. And by fifty, the petals begin to fall away with increasing rapidity!

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And should we live well into our eighties or even into our nineties, we lose most all of our beauty! Our backs bow down. Our skin wrinkles. And we hurt in so many ways!

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And try as we may to hold on to our youthful vitality, it slips away like a thief in the dark shadows of the night!

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Girl with a Bible (Faith of Our Fathers) – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

Maes Old Woman Dozing – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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GIVING ACCOUNT ON JUDGMENT DAY

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Now, we can attempt to live in denial of this most solemn and sobering truth. And we can pretentiously claim that we’ll be “forever young”. But deep down we know that it’s just a big lie; a hollow boast; a mere exercise in futility! 

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Yes, that locomotive-of-fate is still racing us toward our final destination, even as it is written… “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment…” Hebrews 9:27

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As this above verse affirms, we all must ultimately die. But after that, we all must stand before God on that Last Day of Judgment, to give account for how we our time spent here on earth.

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“GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY!”

Proverbs 25:25

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But the Good News in all this is when we continue reading that above passage from Hebrews, Chapter 9!

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Listen as that passage continues… “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto Salvation.” Hebrews 9:27

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Yes, Jesus Christ has actually provided a way of escape from our appointed and certain doom! That’s right! He bore the sins of many on that cruel Cross of Calvary!

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And for all those who do take hold of Salvation, there will be no end…“And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die! Believest thou this? ” John 11:26

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These are the very words which Jesus spoke! And He speaks these same words to each of us today!

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Cross of Jesus Christ – cropped photo – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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“THOSE WHO SLEEP IN JESUS WILL GOD BRING WITH HIM!”

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Teachings_of_Jesus_38_of_40._the_rapture._one_in_the_field._Jan_Luyken_etching._Bowyer_Bible.gifOh yes, our fallen mortal bodies will wither away and perish. And we will lie in our graves for a short time.

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But the great and precious promise is this…“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.” 1st Thessalonians 4:14

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Yes, in a blink of the eye, God will one day, very soon, raise us up, and bring us to be with Him, to live together forever in that wonderful Promised Land that awaits us!

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And there we will be forever happy!

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And there we will truly be FOREVER YOUNG!

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 Second Coming – Return – Resurrection Morning – Jan Luyken – Bible – Wikipedia – US Public Domain (2)

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TO READ PART 14, CLICK HERE…December 23 (As The Flower of the Field, Part 14: “There Ain’t No Mountain High Enough?”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to fully realize the meaninglessness of this life and to fully appreciate the infinite value of the world-to-come…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…“October 26th (It’s a throw-away world!)”, or you can also read this next article…“April 22nd (All Is Meaningless!)”

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THE END

 

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE FLOWER OF THE FIELD CONSTELLATION 

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This is perhaps one of the most amazing constellations that God has created! It truly looks like a flower, and appears to be blowing in the direction of westward. But as autumn draws near, this constellation appears to bow itself down, just like the flowers of Earth bow down, at the summer’s end.

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And these are not merely obscure stars! No! These are among the biggest and brightest stars in the night heavens!

Two Turtledoves-Flower of the Field- Cross/Scepter Constellations

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The Two Turtle-Doves Constellation is also known as Sagittarius .

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The Flower of the Field is commonly known as Scorpio .

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But there is another obvious aspect to this constellation group. Notice that the birds are flying in the same direction as the flower is bending; it is as if the east wind is blowing these heavenly messengers…

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“The wind blows where it desires, and you hear the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it comes, and where it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:8.

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So here is another incredible Bible concept, written in the heavens! And God has spoken of these signs! Listen… “For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89

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THE ZODIAC CONSTELLATION NAMES

By the way, it is not the purpose of www.theheavensdeclare.net to give any validity to the Zodiac or any pagan deities. But the common names of many constellations must be given, solely for the purpose of locating them on star-charts.

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WHY IS THIS FLOWER POINTING UPWARD?

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To the right is a star-chart from Wikipedia. The editor of this site has sketched in the Flower of the Field Constellation on this constellation commonly referred to as the Scorpio Constellation (plus a few other close-by bright stars).

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Do you see the long blade of grass growing from the base of the Flower of the Field? This grass blade is made of the two highest stars of the Lupus Constellation, and the two lowest stars of the Libra Constellation.

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As this Wikipedia star-chart shows, the flower appears to be pointing to Arcturus and the Revelation 12 Woman (shown in sketch below). Arcturus represents Jesus, as He leads His sons (and daughters) on a spiritual journey up a heavenward pathway, as is written… “Canst you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or can you guide Arcturus with his sons?” Job 38:32.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Flower of the Field Constellation”

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TOMORROW…

December 22 (A 3-Fingered Judgment-Day, Part 6: “I Was…Naked, and Ye Clothed Me:”

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