Grass

Grass

Surprisingly, the Bible has much to say about grass both in terms of its uses and its symbology.

Grass is regarded as a symbol of community, togetherness and abundance. It is a connection between all living creatures. Healthy grass is green and is a symbol of well-being and immortality. It represents bountifulness, hope and the victory of life over death. It is one of the colours associated with Christmas, and the long season of Trinity (Trinity Sunday is the Sunday following Pentecost, and the season lasts for eight weeks after Easter).

A grassy area is thought to be representative of the fragility of human life. The colour green is associated with healthy grass; on the other hand, dry grass symbolizes illness and death. We grow, thrive, but just for a time, then life ends.

Grass was a useful commodity in Biblical times:

· As food for cattle

· For fuel, on account of the scarcity of wood

· As cover for roofs. Roofs were often flat and coated with grassy earth trodden hard. Such grass quickly withers when the rainy season is over (Psalm 129:6,7 Isaiah 37:27)

· Some types (e.g.couch grass) were used for medicinal purposes

Psalm 129:6

“Let them be like the grass on the housetops that withers before it grows up”

Isaiah 40:8

“The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever”

Deuteronomy 32:2

“May my teaching drop like the rain, my speech condense like the dew; like gentle rain on grass, like showers on new growth”

1 Kings 18:5

“Then Ahab said to Obadiah, ‘Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the wadis; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, and not lose some of the animals’ “

Job 5:25

“You shall know that your descendants will be many, and your offspring like the grass of the earth”

Psalm 72:6

“May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth”

Psalm 72:16

“May there be abundance of grain in the land; may it wave on the tops of the mountains; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field”

Psalm 102:4

“My heart is stricken and withered like grass; I am too wasted to eat my bread”

Psalm 103:15

“As for mortals, their days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field”

2 Samuel 23:4

“And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain”