David Lockhart - "Flowers in the Bible" - 2010

The two gardens of blooming - the garden of Gethsemane and the garden of Golgotha.  God's people like a well watered garden. There are four ways to water a garden:
[1] abundant rain – like our convention.
[2] showers of blessing – like our Fellowship meeting.
[3] Dew from heaven – being alone with God.
[4] When the good husbandmen has a little reservoir to irrigate the land.  He opened it to water the roots of the vine.

I was once in the place for two years where there were no friends and we had two years of workers meetings, these were like showers of blessing until seeds well and now there are blooms.

A garden enclosed is my beloved. Wall and a hedge speaks of a double protection, like the Ark having double protection pitched within and without. The children of a virtuous woman was not afraid of the cold because they had double garments and God wants his children to keep as separated, not to let the world to break in.

Isaiah 35:8:   "And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it."  The way of holiness is to know Fellowship with the bridegroom. When the north winds blow in the garden, the spices blow out.  We have cold winds, too, not just soft breezes.  When the winds blow, there we would like to be a Godly influence. Convention is like a warm influence preparing us to face the cold world.

Sometimes there are homes that the front garden is in bloom and the back garden may have fruit trees and vegetables, but there may also be a wilderness there. Behind the scenes there are often struggles. There may be an outward show of blooms but God knows what goes on in secret. The secret sacrifice, the secret fasting.
 
I am the rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley. The rose of truth being unfolded to us. It is not fully unfolded to us until the eternal morning, little by little it is unfolded to us. Great truth is of God, not of men. A rose loses 40% of its fragrance in the sunlight so it is picked at night to retain the fragrance. The day is Thine, the night also is Thine.  (Psalms 74)  The night belongs to God and He won't suffer any that cannot bear the burden.

The Lily speaks of purity. I would be pure, my spirit would be free. God likes to purify us to make us as pure as honey, white as snow and clear as crystal. God can present purity of His Son within us. There was a bad smelling dump and there were some lilies growing there which still have the lovely fragrance. The fragrance was true.

The violet – the more it is crushed, the more perfume it produces. Jesus was crushed and He suffered but He didn't revile. He reviled not again.
 
There is also the Nard flower which makes spikenard. Spikenard is like the sacrifice. When I went to Bolivia, I used to look and see the planes coming over and would have loved to have gone home. I visited, while I was there at the time, a family of four children – they were very poor people. The children bought in some Nard flowers and I had such a nice perfume. The flower in the home and having that fragrance was so beautiful and nice. Mary broke the precious ointment and anointed the feet of Jesus and this would have been a great encouragement to Him.

Solomon mentioned the Camp flower – it is useful for making dye, that is dying material. God's people can be useful together.

The hyssop flower – it is grown on walls, it sticks to the wall.  Psalma 119:31:  " I have stuck unto thy testimonies."  When we are tempted sore we could be like the hyssop and stick on. There fine roots spread out and adorn the wall inside and outside. We need to have a good testimony inside and outside the fold. At the Passover, the hyssop was dipped in the blood and spread on the doorposts. Such a noble use for a humble plant. At a flower show, the prize was given for the most variety of flowers. Sad if we harp on to the one note all the time. We have such a variety of help and provision for us. With the manna it was used in so many different ways. Such a variety of ways – baked as cakes, ground to meal.

There is also the flower which is called forget-me-not which was in God's garden. We must not forget those who need our prayers. The poor and old and others. We must not forget the cost of our salvation.

There are no artificial flowers in God's garden because it does not please Him. There is a story told about Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and how she gave him two types of flowers – real and plastic - and asked him to look at them and pick out the real ones. The King then asked his servant to open the window and the honey bee came in and went straight to the real flower. The bee could tell the difference. God's people can recognize the truth.

The garden of Eden was a paradise but weeds sprung up there. They are like the little no harms and the breeze can take the seeds of weeds into other gardens. Take up the weeds.

In the garden of Gethsemane – there were blooms in that garden. Jesus prayed earnestly and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood and falling down to the ground. Earnestly praying – that is such a nice flower. Prayer and supplication, that is having a link with the heavenly husbandmen who are caring for our garden. The men who were going to the moon at one time where asked what was the most anxious time for them and they said that when they lost contact with earth was severed.  It would be our biggest worry when our all contact with heaven is severed.

Peace is another bloom. Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, peace I give unto you."  God wants to give us individual peace.

Another flower is the flower of patience. Jesus found His disciples sleeping and He said, "Could ye not watch with me one hour."  Patient is steady endurance without murmuring.

Another bloom is the love of Jesus – so unchanging without any variableness.  Circumstances can change people, but Jesus has an unchanging love.

There was also the long-suffering.  That is patience under provocation. He showed long-suffering with Judas and love was manifested unto the end. Offering as part of ourselves, are living offering. My mother gave me a bookmark and it is old and worn but I still keep it because it is part of my mother, she made it herself. Jesus showed no revenge, He was of meekness, suffering without taking revenge.
 
Humility was also in the garden. Paul said in Philippians, "Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory."  Let us esteem others better than ourselves. Every one of God's people from younger to the oldest has something to teach us.
There was also the flower of appreciation. Jesus said, "Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations." We need to have a word of appreciation in season.

Grace is also another precious bloom found in the garden. Truth with grace is lovely.

When Jesus was crucified he said seven things: " Father forgive them for they know not what they do."  When there is no forgiveness we are just destroying the bridge which is leading to heaven.  "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise."  "Woman, behold thy Son, behold Thy mother."  "My God, My God why hast thou forsaken Me."  He had a perfect conscience before God:  "I thirst."  " Father into thy hands I commend my spirit."  " It is finished."  That was the perfect work of redemption. Jesus atonement made up for our deficiency.

His blood flowed from seven parts. The blood flowed from His two hands, that is to cleanse us from our work. The blood flowed from His two feet, that was the cleansing for our walk. It also flowed from His head, cleansing of our evil thoughts. It flowed from His back, cleansing and forgiveness of our past. The blood flowed from His wounded side, from the inside we are cleansed. We don't have to go to the Palestine to visit these places to return to Calvary, but we can return to Calvary in our thoughts and hearts.

If we are going to have salvation in our garden, it is only through sacrifice and self-denial. If the seeds are going to fall in the shadow of the cross, there must be a dying before we can have salvation.