This vigilant squirrel is right to keep an eye on the condor flying overhead! But perhaps he does not need to worry too much as the condor will only feed on a carcass. They are scavengers and I suppose they have their place in the scheme of things. But to me they are disgusting because of their eating habits, not to mention their grunts, growls and hissing! There are two species of vultures to which the condor refers and they are associated with death in Scripture.
Today’s verse speaks of death as an enemy. It is an enemy that touches every one and each time brings with it unspeakable sorrow. It is an enemy mankind has brought on ourselves by our own sin and rebellion against God (Rom. 6:23). But thankfully, death will one day be vanquished forever. There will be a time when there will be no more mourning or death (Rev. 21:4). The pain and sorrow of separation will in the future be a distant memory. Death will take its rightful place, fully vanquished and overcome under His feet.
I know this is true as Jesus has already vanquished death for Himself when He rose up from the grave. And God has already made me alive spiritually when I was dead in my sins (Eph. 2:5). But what is true in a spiritual sense will one day be true in a physical sense as well! I will enjoy a new body that will never wear out (I Cor. 15:54) and death will be “swallowed up in victory!” No more funerals, obituaries or burials! And best of all, no more goodbyes!
Thanks you Lord, for the coming victory over death.