Meet the flower of Munakata City, Japan — カノコユリ Kanoko Lily . It can be found throughout the fields and areas of green in our bed town city of about 97,000 people.
I visited the city hall the other day and saw its magnificence in full bloom and smelled its fragrance right near the front door. Look at it closely! See the six petals? In the back there are three pointing downward, the one pointing lowest is kind of hidden behind the red stamens. In the front there are three pointing upward. Six altogether. Most of you know I’m a Bible teacher, but I must share again that in Scripture the number six ALWAYS refers to man — that includes you and I — because he was created by God (with a capital G) on the sixth day.
The three behind-the-scene petals pointing downward I believe reveal the triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit . . . His love and compassion. Yes, God is always found behind the scene in people’s lives. We so often don’t even realize He is there, but He is! He’s always there, stooping (pointing) downward to lift us up when we look up and cry out, “Oh, God . . . ” And then there are the three petals out front, pointing upward, significant of you and men (body, soul, spirit) when we cry out for God’s intervention. We can ALL relate, can we not?
The most startling, visible part of this flower is the red spots, or what look like drops of red on every petal, the behind-the-scene petals and the out-front petals. Are you getting the picture?
Yes, our salvation, our restoration to fellowship with God has always been uppermost in the mind of God. In old Israel lambs were killed, butchered and offered as a sacrifice for the removing of the Israel’s sin, for the yearly restoration of fellowship with God. The blood of the lamb had the cleansing power. John, who wrote the most famous verse in the Bible (John 3:16), saw Jesus from afar off and declared — “Behold, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” John 1:29.Another early church leader declared — “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission (removing) of sin” Heb. 9:22.
Wow! What a lesson — all from a flower!