Man’s Days Are as a Flower
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away. But the word of the Lord endureth forever” – (I Pet.1:23-25).
God compares our short, temporary life to grass and flowers. We’re here today and gone tomorrow. Our flesh is like grass and all the glory of our lives is like the flowers that bless us for a short time and then are no more. Our flesh is likened to grass that soon decays and dies. God shows us to put our lives into perspective. We need to plan for eternity. Will we spend eternity in Heaven or in hell? That’s the most important question in life. Don’t get too busy. Look at the grass when you mow it and consider your short life. Don’t just look at the beautiful flowers but also consider their brief time of glory and then they die and decay away.
God is showing us this truth in every church with flowers by the bible in front of the pulpit. Showing all these unsaved church members that their short lives are like the flowers and that you must be born again like the bible says. God is preaching this sermon in cemeteries with the flowers by the tombstones. God’s truth cries out at every funeral and at the bedside of the dying in hospitals with all the flowers. Man’s days are as a flower.
If man’s days are as a flower, what must we do? God’s word says – “Being born again.” Be born of God – born of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again” – (John 3:6-7) It is written in (2 Cor.5:17) “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
It’s not a fleshly birth that comes from the fleshly corruptible seed of our earthly father but it’s the spiritual incorruptible seed of God’s word that comes from our heavenly Father and produces a new spiritual birth in us. We become a new holy creature in Christ and fit for heaven – having eternal life – “It endureth forever.” We will resurrect from death and get a new, glorified immortal body like our Lord. A preacher was walking through a church cemetery and read this on a tombstone – “Beneath this earth and beneath this sod, lies the body of Solomon Peas. This is not Peas - it’s only his pod. Peas has shelled out and gone home to God.” Amen.
God uses the grass and flowers to show us how corruptible we are and to show us our mortality. Through the Lord Jesus Christ – “Who only hath immortality” – (I Tim.6:16). Death is certain for all us if we don’t go up in the rapture first. “For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom.6:23). It is appointed unto men once to die. Old age withers our bodies like grass in winter or from the hot sun in summer. All flesh is as grass. Young flesh, middle-age flesh and old flesh. People die young, not just in old age. Do you have victory over your death through Jesus Christ? Be born again and you can shout out – “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” – (I Cor.15:55,57).
(Ps.103:14-17) “ For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone: and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.” And that mercy is from the Lord Jesus who shed his precious blood on the cross so we could be saved and have everlasting life. He will save us from the first death of the body and also the second death in the lake of fire – (Rev.20:15). God created us from the dust of the earth like the flowers and one day we shall die and return back to the dust. Will you sprout up again like a flower in the spring at Easter Time? O precious Easter – the hope of eternal life in Christ.
The flesh of young people is grass. (Eccl.12:1) says – “Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.” Now young people, before you get old – get born again. Now when the flower of youth is blooming and the grass stands straight and green and tall, when you’re in the flower of your life. Get saved now – “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” – (2 Cor.6:2). Now, when you can use your strong bodies to serve the Lord. Now, when the sex drive is strong and the world is glittering. Now, before the devil snares you in sin and you have no desire to get saved. Don’t hand out flowers and smoke grass like a hippie – get saved.
The flesh of middle age is grass. “But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away” – (James ). O how middle-aged people strive for things and riches. Instead of getting saved and laying up treasures in Heaven, they foolishly lay up treasure on earth - (Matt.6:19-20). They chase after money because they love it, not believing that – “The love of money is the root of all evil” (I Tim.6:10). Think and look at the flowers in the church next to the bible. Think about the flowers at funerals and in the hospital rooms of the sick and dying. Look beyond sickness and death and this world and the temporal life of this world and do what God’s word says and be born again through the Lord Jesus Christ.
The flesh of old age is grass. When the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is no more. When the evil days of old age and death draws near and you find no pleasure in sin. Only a very few get saved in old age or on their deathbed. They have turned down the gospel of Christ when they were young and now they are wrapped in the cords of their own sins and maybe can’t hear the precious Word any longer. But God’s mercy is great and his grace extends to all even up to our last breath. I preached very much in rest homes and never got any saved. I see their lives reduced to a few clothes and pictures of their lives in their youth, when their flower was in full bloom. I never saw any joy at all in rest homes and oh how my heart ached. We must concentrate on the youth with our preaching.
Yes, all flesh is as grass and all our glory is like a flower. (Is.28:1) says, “Whose glorious beauty is a fading flower.” And so it is for all of us. The Lord Jesus said about lilies, “That Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” – (Luke ). Jesus here tells us that the lily flower has more glory than even King Solomon had. And, Solomon died, like the lily.
Satan tempted Jesus with the glory of this world and Christ turned him down, but Antichrist will accept the offer (Matt.4:8-10). Do not seek after the glory of this world – “Let us not be desirous of vain glory” (Gal.5:26). And again, “But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” – (2 Cor.10:17). Elvis Presley died at 42. His glory faded just like a flower. Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gabel, President Reagan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, all like the grass and flowers died. Athletic stars, movie stars, singing stars, political stars, kings – all flesh – their glory is nothing but a flower. All this world’s glory is but a brief flower that soon dies.
My wife’s favorite flower is the ‘morning glory’. It blooms for a day then withers away. And it’s an apt illustration of my sermon today. When measured against eternity, our 70 years of life is but a morning of glory. All this world’s glory is but an instant in time – a morning glory of time, then comes the mourning of death.
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Solomon’s temple was engraved with almond flowers. And I’m giving you light on
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A preacher friend of mine died while cutting his grass and fell with his head by the roses. His short life was over. His flesh was like the grass and all the glory of his life was like the flowering roses. But Brother Bill Harper believed the gospel and got born again as a young man. Like the scripture says – “How that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried and that he ‘rose’ again the third day according to the scriptures” – (I Cor.15:3,4). Because Jesus Christ, the Rose of Sharon, saved him we can most assuredly say this about him – he died – he was buried – and he shall ‘rose’ again. Praise the Lord Jesus, all who are saved shall come up from the earth like a dead rose and receive eternal life.
Are you born again today? Whatever your age
you may call upon the Lord Jesus with a repentant heart believing on him for
forgiveness of sins. If you do this in truth, you will become a new creature in
Christ, born of the Holy Spirit and destined for immortality. The alternative
is the second death in the
Man’s days are as a flower.
Heed this warning from the Bible Watchman.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-