Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thorns and Thistles.. My dad comments on my bee post.

And again, he saith thou shalt be as the blossoms of a thistle,
which, when it is fully ripe, if the wind bloweth,
it is driven forth upon the face of the land.
Mosiah 12:12

This is a continuation from the last post. My dad called me today and made some great comments about bees, and the importance of honey in the scriptures. In all the great exoduses we read in scripture, Honey was an essential survival food. We read in Exodus that the Israelites in the wilderness survived on manna which had the taste of honey. Exodus 16:31.
In the above picture you can see on the left, the thistle in full bloom compared to the blossom stage on the right. The thistle is a prickly, obnoxious weed, yet it flowers into a beautiful, perfectly round ball. After the fall of Adam, The garden of Eden was "cursed" to bring forth thorns and thistles to test and try us... yet in the end if we bring forth fruits of repentence we can turn our thistles into something beautiful.
Sidenote: There are many other references to honey are found throughout the New and Old Testament. The Word of God is compared to honey.. "How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth". Psalms 119: 10

This scripture found in Doctrine and Covenants deserves it's own post and photo, (I hope to expound on it in a future blogpost,).. but for now just quote it. "And I hold forth and deign to give unto you greater riches, even a land of promise, a land flowing with milk and honey, upon which there shall be no curse when the Lord cometh; D&C 38:18

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