Posted by: Sherry Goodwin | July 10, 2009


   II.  Grass, in the beauty of its freshness, and the luxuriance of its tender springing, is an emblem of the Lord Jesus, and of the rich and pleasant provision which God makes, in the gospel, for his people.  It is remarkable that the margin for our text, as the literal Hebrew, is “tender grass.”
   1.  When David was departing this life, he uttered one of the most beautiful of all his prophecies.  The inspiring Spirit nerved and brightened him for speaking thus of the Messiah:–“And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning wihthout clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.”  (2 Samuel 23:4.)
   Rarely has the character of the Saviour for loveliness, gentleness, and tenderness, been so happily exhibited, as by this simile of “tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain.”  Who has not gazed upon the beauty of such grass, when such shining has freshened it up?  What an aspect of health does it put on; and how is that health adorned with dewy gems of inimitable hue; and how inviting to the pearly teeth of the suckling lamb, or promising in the thirsty scythe of the husbandman!  Who has not seen all this?  But, who has thought of him, who not only made it all, but has by it intended us to learn living lessons of himself?  Who thinks of that “tender grass” as an emblem of his tender frame and gentle nature, springing up from our vile earth, and presently to be trampled under foot of Jews and gentiles, or mown down with their rude and ruthless hands?  Who thinks of its sunny freshness, and spangled verdue, as types of his healthful grace and spiritual comliness, which he sustains for his believeing people?  Henceforth let us after this manner think of him, when returning spring presents David’s picture of him to our eyes.
   2.  In Psalm 23:2, the Psalmist shepherd-boy, comparing Jehovah to a shepherd, and himself to a sheep, says,”He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;” which literally, and as translated in the margin, is “in pastures of tender grass.”
When therefore you see a field or plot of young, juicy, healthy shooting grass, you see an exhibition of the sweet food, and pleasant blessings which God has provided for the sheep of his pasture, for all true believers, in his holy Word, his holy ordinances, and especially in his holy gospel.  O how rich are they, how wholesome, how palatable, how nutritious, how joyously pleasant!  And never we may truthfully say, does sheep or lamb luxuriate in green pastures of tender grass, half so much as the lively believer delights himself amid the wholesome verdure of a faithfullly preached gospel.
   Let us now turn to another class of topics, which the Holy Ghost teaches us from God’s creation of grass.


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