People from all cultures have always admired and loved the beautiful Tulips. Wild Tulips may be found throughout Europe, Africa, Asia. Their natural range extends from northern Africa to southern Europe and then eastward into Asia, via Anatolia and Iran. The most famous Tulip habitats exist on the steppes, in Kazakhstan, and among the Pamir or Hindu Kush mountains. However, wild Tulips can sometimes be found in the very eastern part of China and Japan.
The Middle East cultures held the Tulip with high regard. The European name “Tulip”, which is actually derived in part from the Persian word turban, has been around for centuries. Some etymologists claim it was named because a budding Tulip looked like a traditional Tulip. Other etymologists say the term is the result of a misunderstanding. Tulip flowers were frequently used to decorate turban folds. Traditional folk art from Turkey or Persia can be found here.
If you listen about far East then there are so many destinations waiting for you. here you can check the life styles, monuments, visitors top selections, tasty foods and many more. there is vast variation in the floriculture and landscape of these areas which is appealing for all type of visitors and specially to the nature lovers. The persons who like to 2east are also encouraged to see the glimpse of ancient cultures.
Today, the Tulip has become the national flower of Iran as it is of Turkey. A tulip even appears on the Iran Flag. It is evident that the Tulip motif has been a significant part of traditional Persian and Turkish folk art.
The Tulip has strong links to Europe, where the Netherlands is one example. The Netherlands will send Tulips annually to Ottawa, Canada. Canada helped liberate the Netherlands from German invasion during World War II. Canada also provided refuge to the Dutch Crown Princess, later to become Queen Juliana.
Episodes of what is known as “Tulip Mania” are when tulips have been speculated on in Europe and elsewhere. Historians remain divided on the extent of this speculation and the damage that the Tulip Booms followed by crashes caused to their respective economies. Some even argue that Tulip Mania is a key contributor to the financial collapse in the Ottoman empire.
Historians don’t know when or how the Tulips first arrived in Western Europe. Or maybe they were introduced here multiple times before the flower became so beloved and popular.
One story says that Oghier Ghislain de Busbecq the ambassador brought Tulips in Germany as early as 1554. Oghier Ghislain de Busbecq received a letter from Ferdinand I, Germany to Suleymanthe Magnificent. In one of his letters, he wrote about seeing “an abundant of flowers everywhere; Narcissus, Hyacinths und those which Turks call Tulipam, much to their astonishment because it almost midwinter – a season unfriendly for flowers.” Botanists may be skeptical of this letter however. Tulips cannot bloom in midwinter in the Middle East, nor in the warm Middle East.
Jesus had witnessed Nathanael’s deception, while Nathanael was unaware that he was being watched. David confessed to God in one David’s psalms. God knew David in his inmost being. Psalms 139.7-10 – “Wherever i am, You are there.” Nathanael realized the exact same truth.
Jesus also understood that Nathanael had a negative view of Nazareth. Nathanael knew what was in Jesus’ heart and said, “Rabbi. You Are the Son of God!” You are King of Israel!” Jesus challenged him. He said, “You believe that I saw you under the fig tree.” You will see even greater things… You will see greater things, I say the truth. Heaven will be open to you, and you’ll see the angels and God ascending and descending over the Son of Man. John 1:150-51
Jesus said in short, “You are surprised because I revealed to you my true self?” Wait until I reveal the full truth of my identity and whereabouts to you. He took Nathanael, who was used to explaining the lesser things, to a destination full of wonderful insights. Jesus establishes a very personal connection with all those who approach Him at first sight.
We’ve just heard about Nathaniel. However, just before that encounter, he (Andrew), finds his brother Simon. John 1 :41-42. After finding him (andrew), he said to him, “We found the Messiah” which is translated, the Christ. And he took him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and declared, “You, Simon, are the sons Jonah.” Cephas is the name you will be given to you (which is translated as A Stone). You should take a moment to consider the parentage reference of “son Jonah”. When reading the Bible, or the life Jesus, the most important thing to remember is the physical culture.
To return to the scripture, it is this same Simon that we read in Matthew 16-18:13-18: Jesus asked His disciples who they thought were the Sons of Man when He entered Caesarea Philippi. They responded, “Some say John and Elijah. Others Jeremiah and one of these prophets.” He then said to them, “But who do you believe that I am?” Simon Peter replied and said, “You are the Christ. The Son of God living.” Jesus answered him and said to Simon Bar Jonah: “Blessed are You, Simon Bar Jonah. This has not been revealed by flesh and blood to you. It is My Father who is in Heaven.”
And I also said to you that I am Peter, and that I will build My temple on this rock. The gates of Hades will not be against it. Notice the parentage references. “Sons of the Living God”, Simon Bar Jonah, “My Father who’s in Heaven” are just a few examples. These scriptures are consistent in their reference to heritage & parentage.
Jesus used this worldly knowledge to help the apostles realize and understand His divine cultural roots. Blessed is Simon Peter now for understanding the true parents of Jesus and taking that journey through thought and faith beyond the present to see Jesus as God’s son, not Joseph the carpenter’s or Jesus of Nazareth.
We find John the first chapter’s account of Simon first meeting Jesus. Jesus calls him Cephas.
Jesus said that the confession He made was the rock upon which He would build His church. This confession comes from Simon. He also called Cephas “stone” when they first met. Do you see a divine connection?
Jesus knew these people & the roles that they would each play before they ever met Him. He knew Nathanael, just as He knows us, before we come to Him. He still calls us to the same divine thought journey that He took them.
As long as we keep thinking with the physical limitations of where & when & for how long, we will never learn to experience the unending, eternal, and boundless joy of freedom found in Christ.
To be Christlike, to help others, to live God’s will and even to understand ourselves, we must understand that our thinking must change to an eternal perspective, see things from Heaven’s standpoint, not the world’s.
Only then, can we prioritise our goals, work, and life according to God’s plan for us as individuals, each with a unique gift to offer in His service. This eternal perspective is the only way to find happiness and let go of pursuing it.
The U.S. constitution guarantees us life, liberty and happiness. Globally, though, God and Jesus Christ are our hope.
Jesus Christ came to our earthly weakness as a vision in order that we could see God’s strength and power in spite of what we think we know.
You would expect a great and glorious King to be socially and politically powerful and have influential parents. They also have to have a high lifestyle and enjoy a rich culture. Because this is how the world thinks, it would be reasonable to expect Him being able to pass laws and have the power to do so. He wanted us all to think the way God thinks. To think eternally with Him, not just in the present, but also the eternal perspective.
He came unexpectedly so that He could be seen in us and we could know Him for Who He Really Is, not just for how He looks. Do you remember that Jesus does not give us a physical description? He wanted to show us His heart, the heart God, and not a physical description.
God’s conquering qualities were demonstrated to us by His earthly failures. Jesus showed us that God could accomplish anything against all odds. He also revealed to us how little our own capabilities can be, regardless of how strong we believe we are.
His ability to overcome any temptation revealed the depth of our weaknesses, and our need for a Savior. We could never have made such a sacrifice.
Like Andrew, have you ever asked God “Where is your life ?”…?” Did you ever cry out “Where am I?”? Then you discover He lives in you. Everywhere you go He is there, waiting for you. Has anyone ever asked Nathanael: “Can anything positive come from this?” It was then that you discovered later that He knew all about you before your knew Him. You ever realize that He was already molding you in your struggles to make you the right person to serve Him in the position He knew you would play?
Our culture ends, and it is this physical, earthly culture that we all know, regardless of whether it is from the East/West. Everyday, the culture of this world is dying. It had a start, and it will end. There is time, space, movement… and all these earthly-defined boundaries. But, all of it fades and decays with each minute.
It is temporary. Right now, all you can see is a blur… a mist…a vapor. And then, it’s done. You’re doing all that you can on this earth right now. This could be the last time you see this. Have you ever thought about this? Do you live every moment of every day as though it is your last one?
Our culture will soon fade, but Jesus’ home will remain forever. It is renewed with God’s glory forever. There was no beginning. Therefore, there will never be an ending.
There are no limits or boundaries to time, space or motion. It is becoming closer to being your sole reality every second.
Eternity is coming. Death is coming. It is only a bad thing when you aren’t ready.
Your value, what matters to you most, should be placed in God’s house. You will have it forever to keep and claim. Your value will go elsewhere and you will have no claim on it.
The Jesus we know more about will you be able to tell which culture you place value when you meet him. You have boldly declared Him God’s Son, just like the apostles and other believers. Your riches are saved forever. Or have you continued seeing Him as Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the son of Joseph, a carpenter, up until His death. Are you thinking from his home, or from mine? You don’t even think about it but He is watching you. What do you see of Him in you? Is He seeing you in other people, even if they don’t see it?
Keep in mind this last thought… God doesn’t allow for you to stay neutral to avoid conflict. He states that you can either love Him but hate Satan, or you can both love Satan but hate Him. You can be for Him or against Him… But against Him you will die. You can only live for Him. There are two masters. There is no neutral. There is no such thing undercover Christian.