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Direct Mentions and Symbolism of Flowers in the Bible

Flowers and Grass as Metaphors for Life’s Temporality

  • Isaiah 40:6-8 – “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
  • 1 Peter 1:24-25 – “For, ‘All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.'”

Flower’s to Showcase Beauty and Glory of Creation

  • Matthew 6:28-30 – “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?”
  • Luke 12:27-28 – “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!”

Lilies: Purity and Beauty

  • Song of Songs 2:1-2 – “I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the young women.”
  • Hosea 14:5 – “I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon he will send down his roots.”

The Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valleys

  • Song of Songs 2:1 – “I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.”

Growth and Spiritual Flourishing Related to Flowers

  • Song of Songs 4:16 – “Awake, north wind, and come, south wind! Blow on my garden, that its fragrance may spread everywhere. Let my beloved come into his garden and taste its choice fruits.”

Divine Care and Provision Related to Flora

  • Matthew 6:30 – “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?”

Reflections on Beauty and Vanity Lessons from Flowers

  • James 1:10-11 – “But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.”

Encouragements to Trust in God’s Faithfulness

  • Psalm 103:15-16 – “The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.”

Warnings Against Pride and Self-Reliance

  • Isaiah 28:1,4 – “Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards, to the fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley—to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine!… That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley, will be like a fig ripe before harvest—as soon as someone sees it and takes it in his hand, he swallows it.”