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Monday, 8 February 2016

GRASS

 GRASS
It’s to the glory of God! Grass is beautiful. Grass is mostly green, radiating, abounding, saucy substantial gift of nature. A lawn’s empowered to arrest the ocular intellect of every aesthete simply because of grass. The God almighty spoke grass into being. That is, God spoke the beautiful into manifestation. If every man will be sincere beyond self-denial of common instinct, he will confess the desire for becharming maiden to match, marry or mate. It’s hard to detest beauty. Paradise is in fact more desirable for its beauty beyond man’s descriptive vocabulary.
Beauty is never boring to men of round and sound mind. Can men be beautiful? Oh yes! They can and they are. But in the nook of the instinct of every woman true to truth is a desire for a beautiful man, better described, handsome man. The same thing can be said about the beauty aspect of nature. Actually, even the dangerous aspect of nature often mix the terror in man’s mind with some delight. Nature is beautiful, dangerous or not! The vegetal parts are the most exciting to man’s sight. Oh grass is beautiful and enviable. If, in that regard, a man or a woman is describe as grass, oh what an exciting beauty that’ll mean. It is true that grass may mean a betrayal, or a mole and green may mean unskilled or foxy. Nevertheless, grass beautifies a lawn.
grass pattern
Apart from its beautifying grace, grass is good for mankind in various ways: as food, for example, cereals foods and sugarcane; as herbs or material needed in manufacturing some products. It is a very lovely part of the earth. It was God, according to the Bible who spread grass on the earth lawns. Genesis 1:11, “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.”  

Grass is also described as food for man and animals. Deut. 11:15 “And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.” Man is omnivorous. Some animals are carnivorous and others are herbivorous. But without grass the carnivorous will die a pitiable death. One may be tempted to hate the predators in the jungle such as the cats: leopard, cheetah, jaguar, lion and so on; or those I call the dogs such as fox (omnivorous), wild dogs, hyena and so on. We see them as killing the preys which are innocent or harmless living things. When there’s no more grass, the preys migrate away from the region of the predators. The killers will be threatened with hunger and they may kill from their individual species. There’s no innocent prey as far as we know that grass as plants have life or are living things. So, the prey devours the grass and the predator devours the prey. Sustenance in the jungle is all thanks to grass which sustains the herbivorous. In the civil world grass also sustains life. I KINGS 18:5, “And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.”
cow head grass
If we are grass, in that sense, then we sustain life. We contribute to the sojourn of many lives- making them happy and strong- giving them hope and reason to live on. Is it not good to be a generous helper to people? Grass does not withhold from anyone who comes seeking help, as long as grass can be of help. I don’t think God will be displeased with anyone who helps others since we are instructed to be good to our neighbours. Grass is tender. 2 SAMUEL 23:4, “And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.” The fact that they spring forth shows how productive or fertile the grass make the earth to be.
Also, the grass is undeniably colourful. A lawn will arrest the eyes of humans as long as it is filled with green (healthy) grass. The glory of the grass is possible in the fact that it is a group of uncountable lives existing together in harmony, joining their forces to make a striking beauty. Grass in this sense show us the importance of unity, fellowship and love. Oh that man in this regard be grass, and together, they can beautify the world, selflessly!
Many Christians exhibit the grassic characteristics that are lovable. Many do not come near grass-ness. There is many a church that is grassic- beautiful place of worship, beautiful people, lovely children, growing and gracing in unity, beaming in their environment, bighearted and helping lives. They spring up as grass. Halleluyyah to God! When people see and hear them on visual media, hear about them or hear them on the radio, read about them in books and print media or read their books, dream about them and meet them or attend such a church, it is an encounter with glory gaga. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). The beauty of a lawn when beholden without familiarity must make a beholder a wonderer.
People go to grassy field at dusk to refreshen themselves. Lovers go to a grass-covered or flower-covered field to enkindle passion of their hearts. So, grass provides avenue for people to freshen, refreshen, enkindle and rekindle lives and hopes into themselves or one another. This is so good and lovely of grass. Many Christians are so good and approachable. They’re at peace with people and can provide comfort and counsel for people. Many a church is a solution ground to the problems of many a son or daughter of Adam and Eve being afflicted or confounded. Can we then say that it is God’s delight that His children, Christians be grass? Will God not bless grassic Christians with adequate beauty and freshness and enrich them enough to bless humanity as much as possible? He will!   
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Grass, however, is not be best that Christians can or should be. We must note that constant stepping on or sitting on a section of a grassy area of land will soon make the grass there to vanish possibly into oblivion. It then becomes important to mollify the contestability of the fact of the inadequacy of Christians being grassic.
*Grass is weak! It can be easily trampled upon into death and disappearance.
Despite the unity of grassy it can be easily conquered by the passing of legs on it. There are paths today that are not cleared with cutlasses or any other but with legs of men, women, children and animals. Matthew 14:19, “And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.  Mark 6:39, “And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.”
The weakness is also seen in the way grass that grow quite tall bend or break at the force of the wind and never rise straight anymore. Such will continue to grow in that bent position. Only bamboo can be considered to be quite strong. That is because the united legion of bamboo does have a very strong or firm grip on the ground yet bamboo can be suppressed by the wind easily. So, any Christian that yields to stormy scary occurrences and threats of anything (finance, academics, health, relationships, career, government and so on) is being grassic. The only resilient grass is that which is usually unwanted, weed, and that is also very weak to pests and legs. The grass that does not grown tall can be trampled into oblivion. It’s all about the weakness of grass. Isaiah 37:27, “Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the house tops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.” The grass is powerless!

*Grass is showy! There is no doubt about the tenderness of grass, even of bamboo
But the grass can be seen with pride. It is flashy. A lawn cannot but be noticed. The truth, however, is that it is not the grass that make the people to see it. In fact, it is the glory of nature that God put on grass that makes it irresistible to the eyes. But the point is that grass must just be noticed. It is too beautiful to be ignored. God’s glory, when it is risen on His people, will make the noticeable but they must know how to live a humble and meek life. There is no way grass can just live a low live even if it wishes to. Its nature is a “see me” nature. Christians must know when to reject the temptation of pride. It is true that Jesus had power. He could make the devil see it and dedicate it to the glory of God but he would not be deceived into turning a stone into bread. He knows when it’s time to tell people to show themselves to priests and he knows when to tell a person to go and tell no one about him. He will always return all glory unto God. Many Christians have become so carried away about the glory of God that is manifesting in their lives or ministries such that they now proclaim themselves rather than God. Giving testimony will require the telling of God’s goodness in a way that “I” referring to the testifier must be used but it all must lead people to put their hope and trust in God. The purpose of testimony is to strengthen the faith in/of others in God- in the ever-potent name and blood of Jesus and love of God not to show prudence, erudition and accomplishments of self. In the case of grass, it is not the one showing itself. The glory is so elevated that it cannot be covered yet man still often fix the glory of grass on grass, on nature and man himself rather than God. Well, humanists will not see anything bad in that but Biblicaliticists or Scripuralists must always know, Isaiah 42:8, “I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images.”
Grass is easily uprootable! Without cutlass, with bare hands, many kinds of grass
can be easily uprooted.  The root goes down the ground and may go deep but not strong and firm enough. Apart from the case bamboo and its kinds, the foundation of grass isn’t firm enough. Imagine a Christian that is easily cut away by an unbeliever. Many things can uproot the faith of some believers. Some of these are mentioned below:
advice, materials (money, cars, aircraft, houses, Television, laptops, clothes, gold); food, drugs and drinks; erotism (beauty, woman, man, buxomness, hugeness, giftedness); intellectuality, education, reverence, profession, parents, job, career, research and publications, philosophy or science; child (ren) and child bearing, spouse, friends; fear, death, needs, sickness and anything imaginable and achievable. If any of these can easily or at all shake, move or uproot one’s faith, one is only a grassic Christian. Has any of the above-listed possibilities moved me such that I feel reluctant to move on? When the good is yet to come, the grass is dying and when the bad stayed longer the grass is dying. Whether the good, desired, is yet to come or the bad, pleasant or unpleasant- wanted or unwanted, refused to go, Christians must remember the song, “my anchor holds, and grips that solid rock.” The singer says this Rock is Jesus. We must always look unto him, the author and finisher of our faith. The point here, isn’t that we must accept unpleasantness as fate or make friends with poverty (no, we mustn’t) but that we must know that God is God come what may!
Grass is devourable! Pests, goats, cattle, sheep, ox, and man devour grass. Let us
see in the scriptre. Numbers 22:4, “And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time.” Job 40:15, “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.” Psalm 104:4, “He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth.” Psalm 106:20, “Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.”

Grass withers or wears away! Psalms 37:5 For they shall soon be cut down like the
grass, and wither as the green herb.”  Psalm 90:5, “Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.” Psalm 92:7, “When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever.” Psalm 102:4, “My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.” Psalm 113:15, “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.” Psalm 129:6, “Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up.” Isaiah 15:6, “For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.” Isaiah 40:7a, 8a, “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth…”
The word “fadeth” will still occur in some texts as we continue. Also, when there’s flood or too much water, grass is endangered. When there’s severe heat, grass is very endangered. Many Christians are beautiful and kind, generous and all grassically good. However, they are unstable. They do not last in faith. They wither and become the pitiable story of a fallen hero of history of faith. Dear God, in Your mercy, in Your Love and Grace and Favour with the help of the Holy Ghost, I pray that you secure our future in Christ Jesus- in Jesus name. Amen. Jesus, you noted that Satan wanted to blast Peter away and you prayed for his stability and perpetuity in Yo, that his faith may not be betrayed. Help us Lord, hold our hands till we get to reign with You for life. Amen!
Finally on grass, it is a metaphor for men and flesh. Christians are gods (So, God is God of gods). They are spiritual (born of the Spirit, eternal). So, Christians should not be grass. Let us see the scripture. Isaiah 40:6-8, “The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” So, if men are grass, they will fade away and perish but Christians are gods established in Christ not to fade or wither. Gods don’t grumble, gods find a way, and they act. Let us give special attention to Isaiah 51:12, “Even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass.” Man shall be made grass. He is grass. Grass is beautiful and useful personally and economically but we see how temporal it is. James 1:10-11, “But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.  For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof  falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.” The rich in this sense refer to the man glorying in God’s glory as if it is men own (his own). That is, man that lives without being mindful and respectful of God is as grass. 1Peter 1:24, “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.” All flesh is grass! The glory of man is as the flower of grass, beautiful, flourishing, and attractive. It is as grass because it shall soon fade. Nebuchadnezzar’s glory, Lincoln’s glory or Moshood Abiola’s glory all fade with time. They are being remembered but only thanks to days labeled on them. The exploits done in the name of God will not make John Bunyan or John Wesley or Smith Wigglesworth or the Apostle Saul (Paul) be reverenced without giving glory to God.
Psalms 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.  11KINGS 19:26,
Gen 1:11,12,29

Jeremiah 17:8 Psalms 1:3, Psalm 52:8, Psalm 92:12, 96:12, 104:16; mark 4:31-34, job 14:7s, number 13:20, rev 3:12, the ark with cedar, the temple with cedar, (tree) we should be righteous as the favoured cedar of Lebanon and as palm tree, algums

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