My first inkling of this post was First and Last, but I think that will not do as I’m not certain it was the first and I cannot be absolutely certain it will be the last. What am I talking about?
I found it this morning.
These lilies have been sparse this year. So, to find one in mid-November is a treat for me. One I sincerely appreciate.
I’m giving thanks.
Yet, I’d be remiss if I did not speak of the true and certain First and The Last, now wouldn’t I?
And perhaps you think I will go straight to Revelation. I thought that too but a word search took me to other addresses.
Would you believe Isaiah?
Isaiah 44:6 Complete Jewish Bible 6 Thus says Adonai, Isra’el’s King and Redeemer, Adonai–Tzva’ot: “I am the first, and I am the last; besides me there is no God. source
Isaiah 48:12 New Living Translation 12 “Listen to me, O family of Jacob, Israel my chosen one! I alone am God, the First and the Last. source
Any questions? Like who is this First and Last?
As is always a safe and accurate guideline: Let Scripture interpret Scripture.
Revelation 1:11 King James Version 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Revelation 1:17-18 Complete Jewish Bible 17 When I saw him, I fell down at his feet like a dead man. He placed his right hand upon me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last, 18 the Living One. I was dead, but look! — I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys to Death and Sh’ol.
Revelation 2:8 New Living Translation 8 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Smyrna. This is the message from the one who is the First and the Last, who was dead but is now alive:
Revelation 22:13 Complete Jewish Bible 13 I am the ‘A’ and the ‘Z,’ the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” source
Yes, my friends, all this begins and ends with HIM.
The One and Only Yeshua HaMashiach. Perhaps you call Him Jesus the Christ.