Tonight we were lucky to have Dave and Gab come and visit us. Dave spoke on the topic he had been given as a bit of a semi-joke ;) but it was really interesting. The topic was Plants in the Bible.
It might be a strange question...but what would you rather be? A grass, herb or tree?
- Grass is wild, naturally occurring and short lived.
- Herbs are planted, cultivated and harvested.
- Trees are more substantial and long lasting.
Psa 92:12-14 The righteous flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon...they still bear fruit in old age, they are ever full of sap and green.
Trees are a symbol of beauty and have been so since the beginning. It was the tree which was Eve's undoing. Each tree in the Bible reminds us of a Bible story or reminds us of a lesson Jesus taught.
For example, if we look at the Oak tree, it is described as a massive shade area for people to meet and discuss. The stories we think of are Absolem getting his hair caught in one, an angel met Gideon under one, Deborah was buried under one, Joshua set a monument under one, idol worship in Judges happened under one. It could be used for good or for bad. What stories oaks could tell! Or think about the almond trees are a symbol of resurrection. It is the first tree that flowers in spring. In the Bible we think of Aaron's rod that budded.
Vines were the last example we looked at. Vines need to be pruned, handpicked, planted and more.
John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing.
We are born as grass, already dying. God has to work with us until we become 'herbs'. Then eventually, we become long-lasting trees (through his grace).