And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
and the parallel in Luke:
Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
In both Luke and Matthew – the same word translated "lilies" is used
Lexicon :: Strong's G2918 -" krinon"
a flower, the lily
Now we know that Jesus spoke in Aramaic, then gospel writers translated stuff into Koine Greek — if Mel Gibson made a movie of this, maybe we would hear the actual Aramaic word Jesus said which we have as "lily" — or if we had a tape recording from 2000 years ago — but we don't
It is interesting to me to look at parallel passages in the gospels and see small differences
Earlier than the verses about flowers in this same discourse, Jesus had referred to BIRDS – how they were going to be fed without worrying about it — how we could not add one cubit to our life-span by being anxious about things.
Before, in speaking about BIRDS in these discourses, Matthew had said "fowls" – Luke said "ravens"
Raven: Lexicon :: Strong's G2876 – korax (a raven)
Fowls: Lexicon :: Strong's G4071 – peteinon
flying or winged animals, birds
the birds of the heaven, i.e. flying in the heaven (air)
Interesting — different words for the birds — same word for the flowers…
"Lilies" was used by both gospel writers – but if Jesus had been in Texas in this Springtime – He would have referred to BLUEBONNETS and INDIAN PAINTBRUSHES and the yellow wildflowers that accompany them as the colors just take over the hills everywhere for a few weeks, yes, Solomon in all his glory could not hold a candle to these wildflowers that just COME every spring
— no one has to TOIL – no roto-tiller has to SPIN – no shovels – no hoeing of the hard earth which "will no longer yield its strength" — in which we will "eat bread in the sweat of our face" from henceforth
Go to Home Depot and buy tools and plants – toil and spin – knock yourself out — and see if you can improve on what God spontaneously brings on the hills and pastures with out man's intervention
No way to improve on it — just LOOK — and be astonished.
The bluebonnets are an other-worldly shade of blue – with the barest hint of purple in it
The Indian paintBrushes (also called Indian Paint Blankets) are the most vivid hue of Orange found in nature or otherwise (imo)
The yellow wildflowers are unspectacular in character compared to the Bluebonnets and Paintbrushes — but their yellow — contrasted with the green grass of the field — is a stunning juxtaposition.
There is an Indian tribe – maybe Hopi, I am not sure — whose language makes no distinction between 'yellow' and 'green' — iow, they use the same word for both colors and see them as one — making no distinction of yellow from green
Have they ever looked at these wildflowers? They must know sumpn — they're Indians — but… yellow and green — no same-same.
March Madness — incredible college teams in tournaments — incredible flowers on the hills…
On into April…
On to GLORY!!!