How fitting that the last blog post in this series on flowers of the Bible falls on the first day of Spring. Yay! The winter where I live in Pennsylvania had little snow and a little ice. It was very disappointing to someone who loves the snow. Update: we did have 3 more inches of the wet white stuff last week.
My original list of flowers from one source is anemone, crocus, cyclamen, hyacinth, iris, scarlet turk’s cap lily, Madonna lily and narcissus.
The Jerusalem Perspective dated Sept. – Dec. 1994 page 18, the article “Lilies of the field”, by Gloria E.M. Suess. The article Gloria wrote in 1994 stated that “the lilies referred to in Mt 6:28 and Lu 12:27 are NOT Madonna lilies. They do not grow near the sea of Galilee.”
The article went on to state that the actual Biblical flowers “of the field” were any of the following:
Scarlet crowfoot (Ranunculus asiaticus)
Corn poppy (Papaver subpyriforme)
Mountain tulip (Tulipa montana)
Crown anemone (Anemone coronatia)
Sword lily- gladiolus (Gladiolus atroviolaceus) or (Gladiolus italicus)
Some of the Scripture referring to flowers:
“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus.”Isa 35:1
My beloved has gone down to his garden,
To the beds of spices,
To browse in the gardens,
And to gather lilies.
I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine;
He browses among the lilies.
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you-you of little faith!”Lu 12:27-28
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow.”Mt 6:28-29
Hopefully now it won’t snow anymore and I can get out to the garden and plant my peas, spinach, and radishes.
Happy planting and God bless,