God so Clothed the Grass Matthew 6
Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 30, 2010
KJV Matthew 6:30
30. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
This parable clearly compares people to grass. It’s no wonder, Jesus ends the parable with the words, O ye of little faith, in the form of a question. Was this a question, a challenge or a clue?
Looking at the physical description of grass we can find many reasons why Jesus compares people to grass. Grass requires water, light, and air to grow. People also require these same elements, both physical and spiritual. Some people prefer grass to look and grow a certain way. They constantly cut, add artificial fertilizer, and water on their own schedule. Grass is always threatened by weeds, which rob the grass from valuable nutrients. When faced with extreme conditions, such as winter, grass will give the appearance of dying. When spring arrives, grass rises from the earth, giving the appearance of new life. As long as the root survives, grass will grow.
It is very easy to locate a number of supporting texts identify grass as a spiritual word for people. Until a number of these texts are examined, one will never know if this parable is an example showing how easy a simple word study can be, a type of metaphor holding a deeper meaning, or both.
KJV Deuteronomy 32:2. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
One of the first verses containing the word grass, compares God’s doctrine to the rain which falls upon the grass. Obviously God’s doctrine is not heard or acted upon by grass. Therefore, this verse indicates to a deeper spiritual meaning.
KJV 2 Kings 19:26. Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.
KJV Psalms 72:16. There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
KJV Psalms 129:66. Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up:
KJV Isaiah 40:6. The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: 7. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. 8. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
A number of verses clearly show, grass is used to spiritually represent people. Some verses use grass to represent faithful people. Other verses use grass to represent people with little or no faith.
Jesus learned this spiritual representation from the Old Testament, but it is also used in the New Testament.
KJV 1 Peter 1:24. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
Some of the most interesting texts the word grass is used and found, are located in the book of Revelation.
KJV Revelation 8:7. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
KJV Revelation 9:4. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
This may have been the reason Jesus used the words, O ye of little faith. A number of philosophers attempt to interpret the book of Revelation without considering the spiritual implications clearly stated within the text. Revelation 9:4 clearly indicates a spiritual relationship between grass and men. Even when such a relationship is clearly shown, some men prefer to ignore the spiritual and put trust in their own imaginations.