Since we are doing 40 days our Preparing Your Garden, I figured it was only appropriate, interesting and exciting to learn about the flowers and plants in the Bible.
Acacia (Huisache)Exodus 37:1
In Hebrew it is known as the Shittah Tree, and its wood is called shittim. This gnarly tree, one of the few which grows in the Sinai desert, also provided hard brown wood for the furniture of the Tabernacle. Acacias grow by the wadis (dry creek beds) and require a warm climate. They are flat topped, sport thorns larger than their leaves, and have yellow flowers followed by hard brown seed pods. The gum of this tree had value as an insect repellant. It is one of the trees Isaiah (Isaiah 41:19) says God will plant after He has provided rivers, springs and pools of water for His thirsty people in the wilderness. It will cause them to testify of His faithfulness.
Allium (Garlic) Numbers 11:5
Onions, leaks, and garlic are all from the same family of plants. They were used by the Egyptians to make food savory. When the Israelites wandered in the Sinai desert they bemoaned the loss of these food enhancers and complained about their life nourishing manna. The garlic plant produces a bulb or head with separate cloves. The rabble in the desert stunk and their stink contaminated others, i.e., Israelites.
Aloe (Aloe Vera) John 19:39
The combination of myrrh and aloe juice with water was the recipe for embalming. The Aloe plant leaves are succulent multi toothed and pointed. In early spring it produces spikes of yellow flowers. Even today, the juice of its leaves is used for burns and to heal skin lesions. Aloe and Myrrh were wrapped around Jesus’ body after Joseph lowered Him from the cross.
Anemone Song of Solomon 2:12
One of the earliest spring flowers in the Holy Land is the brightly colored Anemone or poppy. Although only about a foot tall, its strong red, blue or purple blossoms make it a joyful harbinger of spring. They don’t like wet feet nor do they tolerate freezing.
Anise (correctly translated Dill) Matthew 23:23
Anise seeds were a required tithe to the Levites, who were not given land to raise crops or animals. Levites were to be supported with tithes from the other tribes. Anise is an aromatic annual used in cooking and pickling. Medicinally it was used to relieve colic or gas.
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I hope everyone has had an amazing day and has meditated on yesterdays reading. I know I have!
It is Day 4! We can not stop the momentum now, can we? We are just getting started.
Let us begin by reading Luke 8:9-15 – The Purpose of the Parables
And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.
So Jesus continued on through the villages, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. People from town after town came to Him. When he saw the large crowd He told them a parable. Many were following Jesus. Out of those who would listen, Jesus described how the seed, His word, would fall on four different kind of hearts: Some fell along the path. And some fell on the rock. And some fell among thorns. And some fell unto good soil and grew and yielded (do you remember from yesterdays reading?) A HUNDREDFOLD
I have definitely lived in Rocky Faith before. I was raised knowing that God existed, Jesus died for our sins, and of the Holy Spirit. There were quite a few years that I consciously made the decision to disregard Gods word. I was living a life full of sin. I did not want to change; maybe I did but I just did not know God could possibly change the person I was. I felt I was too far gone.
Jesus then called out to all of them saying: “He who has ears to hear let him hear.”
Only those with one type of heart could truly hear. Clearly there are those who do not listen at all. I am sure that we have all been those people at some point in our lives. But of those who would listen, FEW would truly hear. Think of it this way, as explained by J.C. Ryle: It is a parable of universal application. The things it relates to are continually going on in every congregation wherever the gospel is preached. The four kinds of hearts that it describes are to be found in every assembly that hears the word. These factors should make us read the parable very carefully. We should say to ourselves, as we read it, “This concerns me. My heart is seen in this parable. I, too, am here.”
“Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.
The Shack – Chapter 8
I am there! You are there! We all are. What makes the difference is which heart we hold. Take a moment to do some self reflection. Which heart do you desire to hold and which heart do you currently hold? Be honest with yourself because that is there VERY first step in healing and growing. You have to take ownership and responsibility of your hearts condition. Again, God already knows your heart. You can not hide it from Him. You can hide it from your friends, family, co-workers, spouse, and your fellowship community, but never from Him.
Our hearts are represented in one of these parables. Ask the Lord this week to help you see the condition of your heart.
Praise God for bringing His word to you.
Confess your need for His Spirit to reveal the true condition of your heart; no matter how ugly and painful it may be.
I remember when I first asked Him to reveal what I needed to heal. Within no time at all, it was one thing after another. As I started to meditate on His word and walk with Him, the spiritual warfare became very, very strong and overwhelming. I did not know how to defeat satan and his minions. That is when I began learning how to. I tell you this because when you start walking with Christ, the enemy will do anything, and I mean ANYTHING, to take you off that path with Christ and in the direction of destruction. He will use your past, the sins you love and enjoy, other people, literally anything. He knows you, too. So put on your armor. Be prepared for the spiritual warfare to be stronger than you have ever felt before but stand strong, Beloveds. You have the all POWERFUL living inside you!
Thank God for drawing you close to Him. Thank Him for never leaving your side and for giving you the strength and courage you need to Ready Your Soil for the seeds He wants to plant in you.
“For now I just want you to be with me and discover that our relationship is not about performance or you having to please me. I am not a bully. Not some self centered demanding little deity insisting on my own way. I am good, and I desire only what is best for you. You cannot find that through guilt or condemnation or coercion, only through a relationship of love. And I do love you.
The Shack – Page 127
Ask God to help your heart be humble and ready to receive His truth. I felt I needed to share this song with you all. I believe someone needs to hear it and really listen and meditate on it’s words. I have been listening to this song a lot lately. I pray His will be done through it.
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