I don't know what it is about the fig tree in bloom but I look forward to the balmy breezes of the evening when the fragrance of its leaves are pungent from the warmth of a full days sun.
It bears no flowers. The fruit somehow just 'buds.' And yes, the leaves are huge. *wink, wink* They're large enough and strong enough to have held up *ahem* and covered the important anantomy parts of mankind's first couple.
One striking thing though, there are three distinct sections to the leaves as it fans out. But there were much larger things Adam and Eve could have used. Why didn't they grab a palm leaf or a banana leaf? And have you ever wondered about the 'sewing' part? I wonder what they used to sew the leaves together? Was it sin that also opened the knowledge to figure out a way to 'cover' up their shame?
Is there any significance to the fragrance? It is very pleasant to the senses. God could have made the leaves really stinky if He wanted too. And they're not very soft but a tad on the fuzzy rough side ... but, instead of any unpleasant prickly things or thorns, God made the fig leaf with three distinct sections -- almost like arms reaching out for a hug.
But, I think a new fragrance was introduced to the garden that evening. The fragrance of the sweat of fear. I know I'd be sweating bullets if I had to face God without the knowledge of forgiveness and atonement.
That must have been terrifying when they had never experienced fear or shame before. But He hugged them anyway and wiped away their tears as the stench of sin mingled with the pure fragrance of His presence.
How did I get from the lovely fragrance of the fig leaf to man's stinky sweat then to God hugging?
I guess somehow, everything in God's word leads to His love.
Hi Pat. This is such a genuine thought and really makes one think. Thank God for sending His prescious son so we can have the atonement. Though we may stink with fear at first we can come to the cross knowing that once again we bear no shame. Praise God! Have a blessed day Pat and thank you for all of your contributions. They are uplifting and encouraging. Janice