A flower garden is a place of great beauty, especially during Spring-time. There are many gardens mentioned in the Bible. Here are a few I found in scripture.
· The Garden of Eden (Gen 2:8-9)
· Ahab’s Garden of Herbs (1 Kings 21:2)
· The royal garden – which is the garden of Uzza (2 Kings 21:18)
· The royal garden at Susa (Esther 1:5)
· The garden of Joseph of Arimathea (John 19:41) where the Lord Jesus
Christ was buried.
· The “Kings Garden” mentioned in 2 Kings 25:4 & Nehemiah 3:15 is near the
pool of Siloam
· The garden of Gethsemene (John 18:1) where a detachment of troops, and
officers from the chief priests and Pharisees came with lanterns, torches,
and weapons arrested and bound Jesus.
Most of us think of the beauty a flower garden produces, however a garden starts as a place of death and burial. Let me explain with the Words of Jesus Himself. John 12: 24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
All of the beauty of the garden started with a seed that had died. That dry dead seed was buried. One would think that for that seed life is done. The truth is that unless the seed died there is no new life. Once the dead seed is buried and is watered it germinates and a brand new life springs forth from it. Once the plant breaks through the soil it is bathed in sunlight its source of life.
We as Christians have come from death as well. How fortunate for us that Jesus died for us that new life could spring up in us and reveal the beauty of the Life of Christ Himself in us. We are bathed in Son-Light by the Spirit of God in us.
Eph. 3: 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.
Just as a garden needs nutrients in the soil to grow, we as God’s young garden need God’s Word to feed us. Mathew 4: 4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’.
A Garden is a place of beauty when cared for, however, if left unattended it once again becomes place overgrown with weeds and thorns that can choke out the life of the flower. Prov. 24:31 And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down.
We also must be watered and cared for to reveal the……….