For so the LORD said to me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat on herbs…
B — U — D — bud. Beauty; use; design, shall be our three points.
I. BEAUTY. Among the many kinds of beauty nature gives us, three are very noticeable —
1. Beauty of form.
2. Beauty of colour.
3. Beauty of scent. And to these man has added —
4. Beauty of association.
1. Food. In the economy of nature flowers are useful as food for insect and bird and man. Groundsel for the birds of the air! The honeysuckle really belongs to, and is the early home of, a green moth, brown round the edges, with transparent wings. It also belongs to a caterpillar, which afterwards becomes a brown and white and dull blue butterfly. And so list after list might be given of flowers upon which the insect world feeds, and by which it is nourished. Again, it is from flowers that the bees collect the honey! Thus the flowers may be said literally to feed man.
3. Fruit. Flowering is a stage on the way to fruit. What Christian graces will you have to show when the time of the ingathering comes:
III. DESIGN. Nature works on a plan. Who made the plan, the design? There cannot be a plan without someone to plan; nor a design without a designer. The Christian looks from nature to nature's God.
(C. H. Grundy, M. A.).
Parallel VersesKJV: For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.