God’s Word and Statutes = Forever

Your fathers, where are they?  and the prophets, do they live for ever?  But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers?  and they returned and said, Like as the LORD of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us.

Zechariah 1:5-6

Once again, we are reminded of the shortness and frailty of human life and of the everlasting power and truth of God’s Word.  The answers to both questions in verse five (Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?) and both obvious.  Their fathers are gone, as are their father’s fathers and their fathers before them.  Even the great and mighty prophets do not live for ever.  As great of men as many of these prophets were, they still didn’t live forever.  Life is short and fragile, as many other scriptures would tell us.  However, the fact that their fathers were gone and the prophets were gone is contrasted with the things found in verse six: “But my words, and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets…”  Those are things that will last forever.

Think about that the next time you read your Bible.  There are not many eternal things on this earth.  In fact, even the earth itself is not eternal.  Like everything else, it will have an end.  Our bodies wear down; they are not eternal.  But those Words of God that we can hold in our hands are eternal.  They do not die with men.  They do not become weaker over the years.  These verses are still as powerful today as they were when they were penned over 2,000 years ago.  What a great thought!  What a marvelous Book we have and what a marvelous privilege it is to be able to read it.

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”  (Isaiah 40:8)

2 responses to this post.

  1. This really impacted me, Teacher Ben. Thank you so much. Something about how you said that, that there is nothing else eternal that we have. What a God to give us His eternal word. What a gift it is. You are sending me off on a wonderful line of praise and prayers here!
    God bless you, Ben, as you hold His eternal truths in your hand and share them too!


    • It’s such an amazing thing, yet a sad thing. We have the eternal Word of God available to us, and how often do we not even read it? That is convicting to me. But, like you, thinking about that does cause me to want to praise the Lord for His goodness and all that He has given us.


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