Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lilies of the Field

Photo taken of the "scarlet anemone" flower in the Garden of Gethsemane on May 15, 2010
"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin."
Matthew 6: 28-29
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When we read "lilies of the field" , we generally think of an actual lily.. or possibly the generic term for flowers in general. However with some research, the exact lily that Christ is referring to could well have been referring to the scarlet anemone. (often times called a poppy).
The Hebrew and Greek word for lily are not limited to members of the lily family .. but more of "the floral bloom of the plain". Upon comparing the Biblical passages in Matthew and Luke with Canticles verse 13, it is certain that the lilies mentioned there were not white, for in the former places they are said to surpass the royal robe of Solomon, and in the passage cited they are color of crimson, and the flush of human lips. We read in Isaiah 1:18, "though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool". How beautiful of a reminder to see these scarlet "lilies" growing on the Mount of Olives naturally and found in the Garden of Gethsemane. Symbolic of the blood of Christ's Atonement and a reminder that our sins can be made white as snow.

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