What a word picture! That out of normal grass comes beautiful flowers, except flowers die— it only lasts but a little while— and so does which it came from.
Grass = flesh
1. Grass has to be maintained in order to grow. You must water it, feed it, mow it- but ultimately without the sun (something in which man does not control) it will die.
The flesh has needs in order to survive too. We need water and food to live. But just like the grass without the light (Psalm 119:105) we will wither and die.
“And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:3 ESV
“But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 ESV
Flowers = Worldly Glory
2. Flowers are beautiful. They come in a variety of shapes and colors. They evoke emotions and are representations of our feelings; love, admiration, sadness, remorse.
But their beauty fades over time. Even under all the right circumstances they will eventually wither. They are delicate with shallow roots. Even more rooted flowers like roses only bloom in and for a season. They are not strong enough to survive the elements. (Psalm 103: 15-16).
We are only here to be a representation of God’s Glory.
“Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
Isaiah 43:7 ESV
If we root ourselves in His word and accept His grace to grow us—His glory will sustain us.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8 ESV