Helping to illuminate biblical context and background
With many plants going to seed in the waning autumn sun, let’s talk seed saving. As a beginning gardener, I never gave much effort towards such practice; seeds’ inconsequential size and seemingly infinite supply trivialized their worth to me.
Yet now I see the season-end gift from our garden in seeds! First of all, through education from other seed saving gardeners, I have realized their value—per ounce, some seeds cost more than gold! Furthermore, I am witness to their power, as our garden is now filled with starry-flowered garlic chives and reseeding endive due to these plants’ prolific seed-bearing, and we are nourished by these returning harvests.
Many organizations have sprouted and grown to educate us on the best methods of seed saving, not to mention the patriotic opportunity these efforts provide to preserve and pass on the best of our land, ensuring our food security. Visit the following websites for more information:
American Horticultural Society Seed Exchange, www.ahs.org/gardening-programs/seeds
Home Garden Seed Association, www.ezfromseed.org
Native Seeds/SEARCH, www.nativeseeds.org
Seed Savers Exchange, www.seedsavers.org
However, my most passionate reason for saving seeds lies in their incomparable place in God’s Word. Zera’, the Hebrew word for seed, resounds the creation of seed-bearing plants on the third day with the story of Abram (Abraham) and his descendants through the dual meaning of zera’, “seeds” and “offspring” or “descendants.” Add to that Jesus, God’s offspring, and all of his mention of mustard seeds….and I am in awe! I am suddenly crazy to treasure every seed as holy to the Lord.
Zera’ is a container created by and for the limitless power of G-d.
—Patricia A. Power, “Zera’,” Hidden in the Hebrew, www.justreligion.org/zera.html
All I can say it that it is time for a poem; what better way to commemorate seed significance than to add to the A-to-Z Primer of Plants from God’s Word. I hope that studying the line-up of seed references in the Bible infuses the view of seeds from your own garden plants with brilliance to begin seed saving.
(pass your cursor over the poem to reveal links to God's Word)
*For fascinating insight into zera’ as the cross-point or “Chiasmus,” read Zera by Patricia A. Power (click to link)
©2016 Shelley S. Cramm
Seed saving from my garden, clockwise from the upper left: Morning glory seeds (black) and pods, black chive seeds, dried celery seed heads and little brown seeds, pomegranate and red seeds, zinnia seeds and zinnia flower, dill seeds and dried dill seed head, parsley seed heads and parsley seeds, nigella seeds (black) scattered in the middle.