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It Stands Forever

By Don Loftis | 06.10.15

In I Peter 1:24-25 Peter describes his message to his readers by quoting a familiar passage from the prophet Isaiah, “For all flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass.  The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.”

Isaiah and Peter could reflect on powerful enemies of truth that had faded away.  Where were the Baal worshippers?  Where was the pharaoh of Egypt, the army of the Assyrians, or the king of the Babylonians?  Peter was confident that the empire of Rome would crumble, and that the Word (Truth) of God would remain long after he was gone.

The assault against Scripture continues today.  The atheist laughs and the relativist mocks.  Literary scholarship doubts and culture ignores.  Some, like Pilate, even question whether Truth really exists.  Yet, the Bible continues to be the most influential book in the world.  Attributed to John Clifford, the poem “The Anvil” says it all:


Last eve I paused beside the blacksmith’s door, and heard the anvil ring the vesper chime; then looking in, I saw upon the floor, Old hammers, worn with beating years of time.

“How many anvils have you had,” said I, “To wear and batter all these hammers so?”  “Just one,” said he, and then with twinkling eye, “The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.”
And so, I thought, the Anvil of God’s Word for ages skeptic blows have beat upon; yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard, The Anvil is unharmed, the hammers gone.


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