The Gardener –
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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