Can Grasshoppers Judge Humans?

At one point in his prophecy, Isaiah compared people and God, concluding that we are like grasshoppers in His eyes. That got me thinking about the vast disparity there is between humans and grasshoppers.

Let’s pretend, for the moment, that grasshoppers are thinking, reasoning beings. Would that change their ability to judge humans or even determine our existence? How could it? They are simply too small. They could never apprehend an entire human, let alone our plans for one hour or one day. They wouldn’t understand why we charge cell phones, for example. They wouldn’t know what happened to us, if they could conceive of us at all, when we get into our cars and go to work. They wouldn’t understand about building houses or putting money into a bank or reading a book or spending time on the internet.

In fact, grasshoppers would be in no position whatever to judge humans. Is that human good? I mean he’s cutting back our habitat so that predators can more easily see us. Or something is. Because it’s only rumored that humans exist.

But what if a human captured a grasshopper, placed it in a secure place away from birds and other predators, fed it, and then one day released it. Perhaps that grasshopper could go back to his fellow grasshoppers and report his experience with this mysterious, massive being who cared for him. Would the other grasshoppers believe him?

No, they might say, we have never seen such a being—even though humans walk by the flower bed where they live every day.

The point is, the grasshoppers would be too small to identify the many humans in their world. Unless a human “appeared” to the grasshopper. Unless he revealed himself.

What if a human went one step further. What if he had the power to become a grasshopper so that he could let all the other grasshoppers know about humans. What if he wanted to steer them away from flowers in formal gardens so that they wouldn’t be in danger of insecticide that gardeners often use? What if he wanted to inform them about the habits of birds so that they would know how to keep themselves safe?

Would the other grasshoppers believe him?

Some might. But a lot of others could easily say, there’s no evidence for these humans. We’ve never seen a human. Your experience is no more valid than the experiences of all these other grasshoppers. But what if the human-turned-grasshopper could point to places and ways that the garden had been cared for, to things like sprinklers that had been provided to produce water? What if he would tell them about the shadow humans make when they pass by? Surely some would believe the truth.

Why not all?

Probably some would trust their own senses more than they trust the experience of the grasshopper who claimed to have been a human, who in fact said he would become a human again, who said he’d only become a grasshopper because he wanted to tell them ways to care for themselves. What if he said he loved them?

Loved a grasshopper?

How could a grasshopper ever know a human loved him unless the human told him and showed him?

And what if the grasshopper didn’t believe what that human said or did?

What if the grasshopper persisted in believing that humans didn’t even exist?

I’d suggest, the grasshopper would not avoid the places the gardener would spray with insecticide. They would not stay out of sight when birds were searching for food. In other words, they’d put themselves at risk in the very ways the human wanted to save them from.

Yes, Isaiah, we are very much like grasshoppers in God’s eyes. Too bad more people don’t see how crazy it is for a grasshopper to judge a human, let alone, to judge God.

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Published in: on January 11, 2019 at 5:44 pm  Comments (6)  
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  1. I love this analogy! It shows what insights can be gained from meditating on God’s Word, rather than zipping through my “chapter a day keeps the devil away.” I like one speaker’s advice: rather than deciding you’ll read one chapter or three or ten, just read and keep reading until God stops you. Then pray and meditate on what He is saying to you. Sounds like you’re doing that. 🙂

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    • Glad the analogy resonated with you. And thank you for the encouragement and response. I love the thought from the speaker you mentioned.

      Actually I don’t meditate on God’s word enough. But I am doing some memory work and in the process of reviewing verses, I kind of have “enforced” meditation. LOL. Really, those verses have become very, very precious. At the same time I love having a grasp o

      f the context in which they fit. I think we simply need to be in God’s word, period. He can lead us to the manner that He wants for us, as long as we commit to His word. I mean, look at the returned exiles who stood in the rain all day while the leaders read the law of Moses as the priests explained it.



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  2. Liked this a ton. Especially the final sentence. Perspective is a killer to myopia.

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  3. Becky, kudos to you for your untiring efforts to reach the hard-hearted with the Gospel message. This really shows the absurdity of those who try to judge God.

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    • Thanks, Wally. I appreciate this more than you know. I’ve wondered more than once when to shake the dust off my feet. I figure I will when God tells me to. Otherwise, there but for the grace of God, go I.


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