Spring is now here, which means budding trees and blooming flowers are soon to follow. Love of flowers seems to be a universal human trait, and the people who wrote the Bible were no exception. But the Bible's authors were also aware that floral beauty was a passing thing, so flowers were often used as symbols of a glory that does not endure. Let your mind blossom as you work through the following questions dealing with blooming things from the Good Book.
- Jesus told His disciples that the flowers of the field were more splendid than what famous king "in all his glory"?
- According to the Letter of James, what sort of person "will pass away like a wild flower"?
- What Old Testament prophet was told by the Lord to proclaim "all men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field"?
- What book has these words: "Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the maidens"?
- In the Book of Numbers, who had a rod that blossomed and then produced almonds?
- On what day of creation did God make the flowers?
- What yellow flower, mentioned in the Song of Solomon, is still commonly used as a source of yellow dye?
- What wildflower with purple blooms grew as a result of Adam's disobeying God?
- What blooming plant, still used for making red hair dye, is mentioned in the Bible?
- The flowering broom tree provided shade for what prophet who was fleeing the wrath of Queen Jezebel?
The columns of Solomon's temple had carvings in the shape of what flower?
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J. Stephen Lang is the author of 15 books about the Bible, including the recently published What the Good Book Didn't Say (Citadel Press) and Talking Donkeys & Wheels of Fire: Bible Stories That Are Truly Bizarre! (Warner).
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