Daily Tidbits 3/21 – Spring


The English word Spring comes from the Old English ‘springan’ which means to leap, burst forth of fly up, speaking of the time when plants spring up.  This traces back to the Hebrew word פרח ‘parach.’  פרח ‘parach’ means the bursting of a bud as in a flower and is linked to the resurrection of the dead, a primary theme associated with Spring.

A related word to פרח is צוץ ‘tsuts’ which also means to blossom and is the root of the word ציצת ‘tsitsit’ which are the tassels that hang from the four corners of the garments of believers.

Isa 11:12  And He shall lift up a banner for the nations, and shall gather the outcasts of Israel, and gather those dispersed from Judah, from the four wings of the earth.

It is on the four wings that the ציצת ‘tsitsit’ hung(Numbers 15:38).

פרח ‘parach’ and צוץ ‘tsuts’ which both mean to blossom are used in conjunction multiple times in the Word.

Isa 27:6  Those coming in shall take root; Jacob shall blossom (צוץ ‘tsuts’) and Israel shall bud (פרח ‘parach’), and they will fill the face of the world with fruit.

Isaiah 27:6 is an amazing prophecy of Israel coming together as one in the Messiah when He comes to earth to judge the wicked.

Tallit, Dew Connection

The Hebrew word for dew is טל ‘tal’ which means to cover and is the root of the word טלית ‘tallit’ which is the traditional garment worn that has ציצת ‘tsitsit’ affixed to the four corners.

The Greek word ταλιθά ‘talitha’ which means young girl comes from טל ‘tal’ as well.  It is interesting to note that this word ταλιθά ‘talitha’ is used in Scripture in the account of the girl who is resurrected by Messiah.

Mar 5:41  And taking hold of the child’s hand, He said to her, Talitha koumi; which is, being translated, Little girl, I say to you, Rise up!  talitha cumi
Mar 5:42  And immediately the little girl rose up and walked. For she was twelve years old. And they were amazed with great amazement (Mark 5:28).

This account happened after Messiah healed the woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years when she took hold of the ציצת ‘tsitsit’ on His garments.

Scripture likens the coming of Messiah, which is the time of the resurrection of the dead, to dew and rain falling upon the earth.

Hos 14:5  I will be as the dew to Israel; he shall blossom (פרח ‘parach) as the lily and cast out his roots like Lebanon.

Psa 72:6  He shall descend like rain on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.
Psa 72:7  In His days the righteous shall flourish (פרח ‘parach), and plenty of peace, till the moon is not.

Literally when there is no moon, this is speaking of the new moon, the twinkling of an eye.

1Co 15:52 In a moment, in a glance of an eye, at the last trumpet; for a trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed.

The Hebrew word for blink is פתע ‘patah’ from the root פת ‘pat’.

The root word comes from פת ‘pat’ which is the word for a woman’s privy. This links to the first birth, blinking/awakening (picture of resurrection) is linked to the 2nd birth.

Another amazing link to the 2nd birth/birth of the manchild of Revelation 12 is seen Isaiah 8.

Psa 47:5  God has gone up with a shout, Jehovah with the sound of a ram’s horn.
Psa 89:15  Blessed is the people knowing the joyful sound; O Jehovah, they shall walk in the light of Your face.
1Th 4:16  Because the Lord Himself shall come down from Heaven with a commanding shout of an archangel’s voice, and with God’s trumpet. And the dead in Christ will rise again first.
Mat 24:31  And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the heavens to their ends.

The Voice of Jesus is likened to a trump

Rev 1:10  I came to be in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Rev 1:11  saying, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last; also, What you see, write in a scroll, and send to the seven assemblies of Asia: to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.

Joh 5:25  Truly, truly, I say to you that an hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and the ones hearing will live.

It is interesting to note that the English word ‘spring’ also traces back to the Hebrew word שפר ‘shofar’ as the word שפר ‘shofar’ literally means a bright sound, related to spring as the time when the sun begins to brighten the earth after the darkness of winter.

Spring is also related to springs of water which spring forth from the ground and are the source of origin of a stream or river.  In Hebrew this spring or fountain is מכור ‘makor’ which is speaking of water which comes forth out of the ground.  It is a picture of resurrection as well as living waters (John 4:10-14; 7:37-39; Jeremiah 2:13; 17:13; Isaiah 12:3; Psalm 36:7-9) are coming forth out of a pit כור ‘kor.’  Further linking this concept is the word for birth in Hebrew which is מכורה ‘mekorah.’

Another Hebrew word for spring or fountain is מעין ‘meayn’ which comes from the word עין ‘ayin’ which means an eye as a spring is the ‘eye of the ground.’  This is a fascinating link to the above concepts on Spring and the resurrection.

Psa 17:8  Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

Psa 36:7  How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
Psa 36:8  They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures
Psa 36:9  For with thee is the fountain {מקר  ‘maqor’} of life: in thy light shall we see light.

Who abides in His shadow? Zion
Psa 36:7  How precious is Your mercy, O God! And the sons of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
Isa 51:16  And I have put My Words in your mouth, and covered you in the shade of My hand, to plant the heavens and found the earth, and to say to Zion, You are My people.

The above word for fountain מכור ‘makor’ comes from the root כר ‘kar’ which literally means the palm of the hand.

Further linking this concept of abiding under the shadow of His Wings is the above mentioned word פרח ‘parach’ which is associated with a hen overshadowing her brood and the coming forth of chicks out of their eggs.

A spring is the origin or beginning of a river or stream.  It is interesting to note that the English word  ‘start’ is related to spring as well as ‘start’ comes from the Old English ‘steortian’ which means to leap up, to move or spring suddenly and later associated with awakening suddenly (the origin of the word ‘startled’).  The English word ‘arise’ also means to spring up or to ascend as well as an origin, all of these concepts are associated with Spring as well.

Num 10:35  And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee.
Num 10:36  And when it rested, he said, Return, O LORD, unto the many thousands of Israel.
2Sa 6:15  And David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of Jehovah with shouting, and with the sound of a ram’s horn.
1Ch 15:28  And all Israel was bringing up the ark of the covenant of Jehovah with shouting, and with the sound of a horn, and with trumpets, and cymbals, sounding aloud with lyres and harps.

Spring is the time of year when the new year begins in the Biblical calendar (Exodus 12:2).  It is interesting to note that the English word ‘new’ comes from Latin word ‘novus’ which traces back further to the Hebrew word נוב ‘nov’ which means to spring forth or bear fruit (Psalm 92:15).  This is meaning of the first month of Biblical year אביב ‘aviv’ which is speaking of the springing forth of fruit and newness.

אביב ‘aviv’ also means green.

Strong’s Concordance
From an unused root (meaning to be tender); green, that is a young ear of grain; hence the name of the month Abib or Nisan: – Abib, ear, green ears of corn.

Green is also speaking of the sprouting or springing up of grass.

Gen 1:11  And God said, Let the earth bring forth (דשא ‘dasha’) grass (דשא ‘deshe’), the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

In Messiah in the Torah Genesis 1:9-13, it is seen that the earth bringing forth (דשא ‘dasha’) is linked to birth/rebirth/resurrection.  דשא ‘dasha’ (bringing forth) is the same Hebrew word as grass (דשא ‘deshe’).

This links grass with birth and resurrection

דשא ‘deshe’ is also translated as green
Psa 23:2  He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me to waters of rest; 

Here it is seen that the color green, and in particular green grass sprouting in the spring (Aviv) is linked with the resurrection & rebirth.

Aviv – Ear
The word aviv is translated as ‘ear’ in two verses of the Scripture (Exodus 9:31; Leviticus 2:14).  This word in English comes from the Old English ‘ear’ which means a ‘spike, ear of grain.’  It traces back to Greek word ‘akoste’ which means barley.

There is another interesting connection between Aviv on earth and Aviv in heaven in the star Spica.  Spica is a Latin word which means ‘ear of grain’ and corresponds to the Greek word στάχυς ‘stachus.’  This is the origin of the English word ‘spike’ which is related to the English word ‘ear’ mentioned above.

Spica is the star in the hand of Virgo and corresponds to the Hebrew word צמח ‘tsemach’ (the BRANCH Isaiah 4:2; Jeremiah 23:5,6; Zechariah 3:8; 6:12).  צמח ‘tsemach’ has the meaning of a sprouting or springing plant.

This word is used in reference to Messiah, the Branch.
Isa 4:2  In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

Jer 23:5  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

Jer 33:15  In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.

Zec 3:8  Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

Zec 6:12  And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:

“Interestingly, it is during Spring around the time of early April that Spica rises above the horizon as the sun sets.” (The Friendly Stars pg 25).

Aviv – New
In the Septuagint Aviv is translated as ‘neon’ which means new.  The English word ‘new’ traces back to this Greek word neos

Exo 13:4  ἐν γὰρ τῇ σήμερον ὑμεῖς ἐκπορεύεσθε ἐν μηνὶ τῶν νέων.

The English word ‘sprint’ is also related to Spring as ‘sprint’ comes from the Old Norse word ‘spretta’ meaning to jump up.  It is interesting to note that the Scriptures associate the movement of the sun through the skies and the תקופה ‘tequfah’ (equinox) to a race.

Psa 19:4  Their measuring line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world; in them He has set up a dwelling-place for the sun,
Psa 19:5  and he comes forth like a bridegroom from his canopy. He rejoices like a hero to run a race;
Psa 19:6  his going forth from the end of the heavens, and his orbit (תקופה )to their ends; and nothing is hidden from his heat.

The Latin word ‘aires’ which means a ram  literally means to ‘spring or jump’ which is interesting to note as the sun was in the constellation of Aries (the ram) during the days of Moses when God commanded Israel to keep guard of the month of Aviv (Deuteronomy 16:1).  It is interesting to note that the shofar mentioned above is the horn of the ram.

During the days of Moses, the vernal equinox occurred while the sun was in Aries.

Philo states that the vernal equinox is the first month of the year.
(222) Moses puts down the beginning of the vernal equinox as the first month of the year

The vernal equinox is an imitation and representation of that beginning in accordance with which this world was created. Accordingly, every year, God reminds men of the creation of the world, and with this view puts forward the spring, in which season all plants flourish and bloom; (152) for which reason this is very correctly set down in the law as the first month, since, in a manner, it may be said to be an impression of the first beginning of all, being stamped by it as by an archetypal Seal.

The word Vernal (as in the vernal equinox) comes from the Indo Eurpean root ‘wesr’ which means Spring.  In Latin, ‘ver’ means spring.  Vernal traces back to the Hebrew word באר ‘be’er’ which means a well or spring.

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