The voice said, “Cry out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. 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 forever.” (Isaiah 40:6-8)
It’s Old And It’s Unchanging
Life is short. Some folk live to be 100 plus a few years but most die much earlier. The life span of man is limited to less than a century. Not a lot of time in the scheme of things. You can travel the world and find buildings that have been standing for hundreds of years with a few structures more than a thousand. The pyramids of Egypt have been around for a very long time. Consider a message that has been around since the beginning of time and it has remained unchanged! That is a powerful testimony. Nothing in the annals of man can match the impact of the word of God throughout the centuries of man.
The Bible as a whole has not existed but for less than two thousand years. Moses penned the first five books of Holy Writ during the wilderness wanderings of the Jews. He was writing about events centuries before his birth as given to him by the Holy Spirit. As the New Testament books were finalized and the Bible as a unit was preserved by God it was clear the word of God has not changed. One of the great testimonies of the Bible is its unchanging message passed from generation to generation. Critics seek to find discrepancies but what we read today is the same message preached in 1492 or the year 942. David king of Israel read from the same pages of the Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy) that is printed today in our Bibles. Jesus read from the same volume of the Old Testament (what we refer to as the 39 books) as we have. Consider that for a moment. Jesus read from the same pages we read from.
Life is short and the grass will wither with the changing seasons of time but God’s word does not change. Let that sink in to understand what we hold in our hand is as old as the mind of God. He revealed His message of hope and salvation through every generation of man preserving it in complete form today so that you and I can KNOW what His will for man is. This is a very old book printed on modern paper. And it has not changed. What kind of God would we be serving if He was not powerful enough to maintain the purity of His word? The God I serve has made certain what I have today is the pure revelation of His will for me. It’s a message of timeless grace for modern man.
The scriptural renascence is largely an effort to enable the Christian to hear the Word of God in the twentieth century as it was heard in the first – as salvation history, as the good news of God. (Philip Scharper, The Critic, August-September, 1962)