Today I’m thinking it’s time to pick up the pace of daisy picking. Because as I look out over the daisy field this morning I notice that there are over one hundred of them left to be picked.
In case you’re wondering why I’m studying daisies – here’s the short answer:
The short of it:
works = daisies.
The Bible is the field – and in the field are daisies (the word “works”).
a helpful daisy color guide – and a more complete answer are here.
A daisy that doesn’t count…
As long as we’re going through the Gospels: we’re going to have repeat occurrences of the same daisy. This one has already been counted. It’s the story of the woman anointing Our Lord with oil at dinner, and Our Lord says,
“She has done a good thing for me.”
“There shall be no double counting of daisies.” (the 11th Commandment?)
The next daisy comes amid a tirade of Our Lord against the ones who relied heavily upon the number of yellow daisies they possessed – the Pharisees.
Israel had a long history of being cruel to their prophets. They taunted some, disobeyed almost all, and killed more than a few. The Pharisees would do the same to the greatest of all prophets. I can’t see this daisy as anything other than a black one. Jesus chided them saying, “You bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors…”
“deeds” is the translation of the Greek word
pronounced like “air gone” – emphasis on the first syllable.
No matter what the English translation says, this word is exactly the same as the one that James uses when he says “faith without works is dead.”
Context is important. No?
The next daisy is in the story of the two disciples walking the road to Emmaus. They describe Our Lord, unawares to Our Lord, as, “Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people…”
“Deed” in the greek is “ἔργον”
“ἔργον” is “work”
“works” are daisies.
This daisy can be no other color than white.
Our Lord’s “work”? Discounting the purple daisy of “miraculous works”:
to be submissive to the will of the Father,
to becoming a sacrifice.
So I’m thinking it’s the same for us. The way we do this daisy is to love, and study, and teach of Our Lord, and lay our lives down as a sacrifice – a living sacrifice (ROM 12:1).
God hearts white daisies. Amen?
Next, there are three daisies in three versus. Two of them are black and have already been counted because I went out of order. I counted them here. One of them is mostly white, but could also have some green.
And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God. (John 3:19-21)
God clearly hearts the white daisies – but I guess he hearts some of the green that are flecked with white.
a bunch of white and purple daisies…