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Yellow Field Flowers

flock of birdsOn one occasion another type of teaching method was used by Jesus in which he endowed a heavenly meaning to small flowers and even the birds. Jesus was speaking to the people about faith in God and the foolishness of worrying about possessions, even the daily needs of life.

Fluttering Birds

There are about 400 different kinds of birds in the region of Israel, of which about 25 are found only there. Birds are mentioned widely throughout The Bible, with literal and metaphorical usage. Some of the most common are doves, chickens, eagles and sparrows. Perhaps, Jesus noticed a flock of sparrows fluttering in a nearby grove of trees. "Look at the birds flying around," Jesus exclaimed in Matthew 6.26, "they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" The phrase "single hour to your life" may be translated "single cubit to your height" A cubit is about eighteen inches. Both are equally impossible for us to do!

See a Flower!

Purple and Yellow Field FlowersThe next moment, Jesus maybe spotted a pretty yellow flower. There would appear to be hundreds of kinds of flowers in Israel. Some of them bear exotic names like Golden Wreath Wattle, Palestine Pheasant's Eye, Desert Cotton, Dyer's Bugloss and Eastern Strawberry Tree. Jesus said in Matthew 6.28, "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? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Jesus might even have taken a fragile blossom between his fingers and held it up for all to see. The crowd might even have been sitting on a grassy hillside looking out unto the Sea of Galilee surrounded by thousands of the small fragrant blooms! Jesus bird and flower teaching brought home life truths in several strikingly different ways.✞

"Jesus Bird Teaching"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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