Hebrew Roots of Christian Holidays – Easter Lily

Hebrew Roots of Christian Holidays

 

The origins of Christianity and the original customs thereof come not from pagans. They come from the Holy Bible and ancient Hebrew thought.

 

Easter Lily

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The lily points to Messiah Jesus and His love for His bride.

Son 2:1  I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.
Son 2:2  As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
Son 2:3  As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
Son 2:4  He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
Son 2:5  Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.
Son 2:6  His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.

The Hebrew word for lily is שושן ‘shoshan’ as it has six petals.  The root of שושן ‘shoshan’ is שש ‘shesh’ which means six.  שש ‘shesh’ also means white as in linen and marble.  Lilies come in numerous colors but the word lily points to the white variety.

Lily comes from the Latin word ‘lilium’ which comes from the Greek word λείριον ‘leírion’ which is used in reference to white lilies, such as the “Madonna Lily” and “Easter Lily”.  The Greek word for non-white lilies is κρῖνον ‘krīnon.’

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There are four Psalms in the Scriptures which are entitled “lilies” (Psalm 45; ; 60; 69; 80).  All four Psalms point strongly to Messiah Jesus.  Psalm 45 pictures King Messiah, the Beloved.

Psa 45:1  To the Chief Musician, Concerning the Lilies. For the sons of Korah. A Poem; a Song of the Beloved. My heart is overflowing with a good matter. I am speaking of my works to the King; my tongue is the pen of a rapid writer.
Psa 45:2  You are the fairest of the sons of man; grace has poured into Your lips; on this account God has blessed You forever.
Psa 45:3  Gird Your sword on Your thigh, Mighty One; with Your glory and Your majesty.
Psa 45:4  And ride prosperously in Your majesty, on the matter of truth and meekness and right, and Your right hand shall teach You fearful things.
Psa 45:5  Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies; peoples fall under You.
Psa 45:6  Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; the scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness.
Psa 45:7  You love righteousness and hate wickedness; on account of this God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your fellows.
Psa 45:8  All Your garments smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of ivory palaces; by strings of a harp they make You glad.
Psa 45:9  King’s daughters are among Your precious ones; the queen stands at Your right hand in gold of Ophir.
Psa 45:10  Listen, O daughter, and look, and incline your ear, and forget your people and your father’s house.
Psa 45:11  And the King will desire your beauty, for He is your Lord, and you shall worship Him.
Psa 45:12  And the daughter of Tyre will stroke Your face with a gift, the rich among the peoples.
Psa 45:13  The king’s daughter is all glorious within, her clothing braided gold.
Psa 45:14  She shall be led to the King in embroidered work; her companions, the virgins, shall be brought to You after her.
Psa 45:15  They shall be led with gladness and rejoicing; they shall go in to the King’s palace.
Psa 45:16  Your sons shall be in the place of your fathers; You will make them for rulers in all the earth.
Psa 45:17  I will make remembered Your name in every generation and generation; on this account people shall thank You forever and ever.

Psalm 60 points to Messiah Jesus, the Right Arm of God who saves His people.
Psa 60:1  To the chief musician. On the Lily of Testimony. A secret treasure of David, to teach; when he struggled with Aram-naharaim, and with Aram-zobah; when Joab returned, and struck twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt. O God! You cast us off; You broke us; You who were angry; take us back.
Psa 60:2  You made the earth tremble; You tore it; heal its breaks, for it is shaking.
Psa 60:3  You have shown Your people hardship; You made us drink the wine of trembling.
Psa 60:4  You have given a banner to those who fear You, to lift it up because of the truth. Selah.
Psa 60:5  Save with Your right hand and answer me, that Your beloved may be delivered.
Psa 60:6  God has spoken in His holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and measure out the valley of Succoth.
Psa 60:7  Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim is the strength of My head; Judah is My lawgiver;
Psa 60:8  Moab is My washpot; over Edom I will cast out My shoe; Philistia, shout in triumph.
Psa 60:9  Who will bring me into the strong city? Who will lead me into Edom?
Psa 60:10  Have not You, O God, cast us aside? And will You not go forth with our armies, O God?
Psa 60:11  Give us help against our oppressor, for vain is the deliverance of man.
Psa 60:12  Through God we shall do mighty things; for He shall tread on our oppressors.

Psalm 69 also points to Messiah Jesus as the Deliverer, with numerous references to the crucifixion, the means by which He delivers.

Psa 69:1  To the chief musician. Concerning the Lilies. Of David. Save me, O God, for the waters have come in to my soul.
Psa 69:2  I sink in deep mire, and there is no standing; I have come into deep waters where the floods overflow me.
Psa 69:3  I am weary from my crying, my throat is scorched; my eyes fail while I wait for my God.
Psa 69:4  They who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; they who would destroy me are mighty, my lying enemies; then I give back what I did not take away.
Psa 69:5  O God, You know my foolishness, and my guiltiness is not hidden from You.
Psa 69:6  O Jehovah of Hosts, do not let those who wait on You be ashamed for my sake; let not the ones who seek You be ashamed for my sake, O God of Israel.
Psa 69:7  Because I suffered reproach for Your sake, shame has covered My face.
Psa 69:8  I have become a stranger to My brothers and a foreigner to My mother’s children.
Psa 69:9  For the zeal of Your house has consumed Me; and the reproaches of the ones who reproach You have fallen on Me.
Psa 69:10  When I humbled my soul with fasting, it also was to my reproach;
Psa 69:11  I also made sackcloth my clothing, and I became a mockery to them.
Psa 69:12  They who sit in the gate spoke of me; and I was the song of drunkards.
Psa 69:13  But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Jehovah, at a time of favor, O God! in the plentitude of Your mercy answer me, in the truth of Your salvation.
Psa 69:14  Deliver me out of the mire, that I may not sink; let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters.
Psa 69:15  Let not the flood waters overflow me, nor let the deep swallow me up; and let not the pit shut its mouth on me.
Psa 69:16  Hear me, O Jehovah, for Your mercy is good; in the plentitude of Your tender mercies, turn toward me.
Psa 69:17  And do not hide Your face from Your servant; for it is distressing to Me; answer Me quickly;
Psa 69:18  draw near My soul; redeem it; ransom Me because of My enemies.
Psa 69:19  You have known My reproach, and My shame, and My dishonor; those vexing Me are all before You.
Psa 69:20  Reproach has broken My heart, and I am faint; and I waited for one to show pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
Psa 69:21  They also gave Me gall in My food; and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink.
Psa 69:22  Let their table be a trap before them, and to those at ease a snare.
Psa 69:23  Let their eyes be darkened from seeing, and cause their loins to quiver continually.
Psa 69:24  Pour out Your wrath on them; and let the glow of Your anger overtake them.
Psa 69:25  Let their home be made desolate; let no one dwell in their tents.
Psa 69:26  For whom You have stricken, they have persecuted; and they gossip to the pain of those You pierced.
Psa 69:27  Put iniquity to their iniquity, and do not let them enter into Your righteousness.
Psa 69:28  Blot them out from the Book of Life; yea, let them not be written with the righteous.
Psa 69:29  But I am poor and in pain; O God, Your salvation shall set me on high.
Psa 69:30  I will praise God’s name in a song; and I will magnify Him with thanks.
Psa 69:31  And it shall please Jehovah more than an ox, horned or hoofed bull.
Psa 69:32  The humble have seen and are glad; you who seek God, your heart shall live.
Psa 69:33  For Jehovah hears the needy, and He does not despise His prisoners.
Psa 69:34  Let the heavens and the earth praise Him, the seas, and everything that moves in them.
Psa 69:35  For God will save Zion; and He will build the cities of Judah, and they shall live there and possess it.
Psa 69:36  And His servants’ seed shall inherit; and they who love His name shall live in it.

Psalm 80 pictures King Jesus, the Deliverer who shall return to earth shining like the sun in glory.

Psa 80:1  To the chief musician. A Testimony. Concerning the Lilies. A Psalm of Asaph. Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You leading Joseph like a flock; shine forth, You dwelling between the cherubs.
Psa 80:2  Stir up Your might before Ephraim, and Benjamin, and Manasseh, and come for salvation.
Psa 80:3  O God, turn us again, and make Your face shine, and we will be saved!
Psa 80:4  O Jehovah God of Hosts, until when will You smoke against the prayer of Your people?
Psa 80:5  You made them eat with the bread of tears; yea, You made them drink with tears a third time.
Psa 80:6  You make us a strife for our neighbors, and our enemies laugh to themselves.
Psa 80:7  O God of Hosts, turn us again, and cause Your face to shine, and we will be saved.
Psa 80:8  You have led a vine out of Egypt; You have cast out the nations, and have planted it.
Psa 80:9  You cleared before it, and You have rooted its roots, and it has filled the land.
Psa 80:10  The hills were covered with its shadow, and its boughs were as the cedars of God.
Psa 80:11  It was sending its boughs out to the sea, and its branches to the River.
Psa 80:12  Why have You broken down its walls, so that it is plucked by all who pass by the way?
Psa 80:13  A boar out of the forest wastes it, and the beast of the field feeds on it.
Psa 80:14  O God of Hosts, we beg You, return! Look down from Heaven and see and visit this vine,
Psa 80:15  and the vineyard which Your right hand has planted, and on the son You made strong for Yourself.
Psa 80:16  It is burned with fire, cut down; they perish at the rebuke of Your face.
Psa 80:17  Let Your hand be on the man of Your right hand; on the son of man whom You have made strong for Yourself.
Psa 80:18  So we will not backslide from You; make us live, and we will call on Your name.
Psa 80:19  O Jehovah, God of Hosts, turn us again! Cause Your face to shine, and we will be saved.

 

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In the book Song of Songs, the lily is used to represent the love of Solomon and the Shulamite, a picture of Messiah and His bride (Song of Songs 2:1, 16; 4:5; 5:13; 6:3).

Son_2:2  As the lily among thorns, so is my love {רעיה ‘ra‛yâh’} among the daughters.
Son 2:16  My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth {רעה ‘ra`ah’} among the lilies.

Both רעיה ‘ra‛yâh’ (love) and רעה ‘ra`ah’ (feedeth) come from the same Hebrew root word רע ‘rah’ which pictures a shepherd watching over his flock.

Messiah Jesus is the Good Shepherd who loves His sheep and gave His life for them.

Joh 10:1  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
Joh 10:2  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
Joh 10:3  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
Joh 10:4  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
Joh 10:5  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
Joh 10:6  This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
Joh 10:7  Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
Joh 10:8  All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
Joh 10:9  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Joh 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Joh 10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Joh 10:12  But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
Joh 10:13  The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
Joh 10:14  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
Joh 10:15  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Joh 10:16  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
Joh 10:17  Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
Joh 10:18  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

The love of God was revealed through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

The Hebrew word for love is אהב ‘ahav’ which is consists of the letters  אב ‘av’ which means father and the middle letter ה ‘heh’ which has the meaning of revelation.  The Father revealed.  In ancient Hebrew, the letter ה ‘heh’ was depicted as a man with outstretched arms, like unto Messiah on the cross. How was the love of the Father revealed?  Through the giving of His only begotten Son on the cross as an atonement for the sins of mankind (John 3:16).

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The Easter Lily displays the love of God as it gets its name from the holiday of Easter which remembers the death and resurrection of Messiah.

The six white petals of the Easter lily point to the resurrection.

White is the color of resurrection.  Recall that שש ‘shesh’ means the number six as well as the color white and is the root of the Hebrew word for lily, שושן ‘shoshan.’

The linen garments {שש ‘shesh’} designed for the priests were a shadow picture of the resurrected believers who are clothed in white, likened unto snow (hexagonal formation).  Being clothed with His righteousness is linked with the earth springing forth plants.

Isa 61:10  Rejoicing I will rejoice in Jehovah. My soul shall be joyful in my God. For He clothed me with garments of salvation; He put on me the robe of righteousness, even as a bridegroom dons as a priest his head-dress, and as a bride wears her ornaments.
Isa 61:11  For as the earth comes out with her buds, and as a garden causes that which is sown to grow, so the Lord Jehovah will make righteousness and praise to grow before all the nations.
Psa 132:9  Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Your saints shout for joy.
Psa 132:16  And I will clothe her priests with salvation; and her saints shall surely shout.

The Hebrew word for fine linen that the priests wore (Exodus 28:5, 8, 15 etc.) is שש ‘shesh’ which also means six and white.

The garments of the priest were worn to display that iniquity was not upon them (Exodus 28:43).  The white linen is the righteousness of the saints (Revelation 19:7-9).  What is Righteousness?  It is the Word/Messiah.  Righteousness came forth from Messiah’s work on the cross (Daniel 9:24; Romans 5:19; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

Rom 5:17  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Rom 5:18  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Rom 5:19  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

His body is clothed in garments of righteousness

Isa 61:10  I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Rom 13:14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Messiah connects righteousness  to the lily.

Mat 6:28  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
Mat 6:29  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Mat 6:30  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?
Mat 6:31  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Mat 6:32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Mat 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

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Hos 14:4  I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
Hos 14:5  I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow {פּרח ‘parach’} as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
Hos 14:6  His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
Hos 14:7  They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

פרח ‘parach’ pictures the blooming of a flower as well as the bursting of a bud or the breaking out of a chick from the egg.  These all picture the resurrection, or being raised up.

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 or tree and is linked to the resurrection of the dead, a primary theme associated with Spring.

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.

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.  The twinkling of an eye points to the resurrection.

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.

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One of the Hebrew words for joy is ששון ‘sason’ which is a cognate of שושן ‘shoshan’ (lily).

Being clothed with His righteousness is linked with the earth springing forth plants.

Isa 61:10  Rejoicing {שוש ‘sus’} I will rejoice {שוש ‘sus’} in Jehovah. My soul shall be joyful in my God. For He clothed me with garments of salvation; He put on me the robe of righteousness, even as a bridegroom dons as a priest his head-dress, and as a bride wears her ornaments.
Isa 61:11  For as the earth comes out with her buds, and as a garden causes that which is sown to grow, so the Lord Jehovah will make righteousness and praise to grow before all the nations.
Psa 132:9  Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Your saints shout for joy.
Psa 132:16  And I will clothe her priests with salvation; and her saints shall surely shout.

Spring is a time of joy.  The earth comes alive with birds and frogs singing their songs of joyful praise and life springs forth from the earth.  These joyful things in the natural point to the joy of life in the Messiah in the spiritual.  The Scriptures link the joy of the resurrection with the time of Spring.

Isa 61:10  Rejoicing I will rejoice in Jehovah. My soul shall be joyful in my God. For He clothed me with garments of salvation; He put on me the robe of righteousness, even as a bridegroom dons as a priest his head-dress, and as a bride wears her ornaments.

Isa 61:11  For as the earth comes out with her buds, and as a garden causes that which is sown to grow, so the Lord Jehovah will make righteousness and praise to grow before all the nations.
Scripture declares that believers find pleasure/joy in their King, the Son.

Psa 149:2  Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Zec 9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Isa 12:3  Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Isa 25:9  And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation {ישׁוּעה ‘yeshuah’}
Psa 21:1  <To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation {ישׁוּעה ‘yeshuah’} how greatly shall he rejoice!
Psa 51:12  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation
{ישׁוּעה ‘yeshuah’}; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

1Jo 1:1  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
1Jo 1:2  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
1Jo 1:3  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1Jo 1:4  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
1Jo 1:5  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
1Jo 1:6  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
1Jo 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Isa 12:2  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Jah Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Isa 12:3  Therefore with joy {שׂשׂון ‘sason’} shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Pomegranates and lilies, both symbols of Easter, were carved on the pillars of the Temple which faced East (1 Kings 7:15-22).  The name ‘Ishtar,’ which some associate with Easter, comes from אשרה ‘asherah’ which means upright as a pillar.  אשרה ‘asherah’ is a cognate of אשׁר ‘esher’ which means blessed or happy as in an upright person.

Psa 1:1  Blessed {אשׁר ‘esher’} is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Psa 119:1  ALEPH. Blessed  {אשׁר ‘esher’} are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
Psa 119:2  Blessed  {אשׁר ‘esher’} are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
Psa 119:3  They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
Psa 2:12  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed  {אשׁר ‘esher’} are all they that put their trust in him.

Psa 32:1  A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed {אשׁר ‘esher’} is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Psa 32:2  Blessed {אשׁר ‘esher’} is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

Rom 4:5  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Rom 4:6  Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
Rom 4:7  Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Rom 4:8  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Psa 89:15  Blessed {אשׁר ‘esher’} is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
Psa 89:16  In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
Psa 89:17  For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.
Psa 89:18  For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.

The joyful sound in Hebrew is תּרוּעה ‘teru`ah’ which points to the sounding of the shofars on the Feast of Trumpets, a foreshadowing of the resurrection of the dead.

Psa 98:5  Sing praise to Jehovah with the lyre; with the lyre and the voice of a song.

Psa 98:6  With trumpets and the sound of a horn, make a joyful noise before Jehovah the King.

 

Psa 84:11  For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Psa 84:12  O LORD of hosts, blessed {אשׁר ‘esher’} is the man that trusteth in thee.

Deu 33:29  Happy {אשׁר ‘esher’}  art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

As mentioned before, Pomegranates and lilies, both symbols of Easter, were carved on the pillars of the Temple which faced East.

 temple pomegranate

 

1Ki 7:15  And he formed the two pillars of bronze; eighteen cubits was the height of the one pillar, and a line of twelve cubits went around the second pillar.

1Ki 7:16  And he made two capitals to put on the tops of the pillars, cast in bronze; five cubits was the height of the one capital, and five cubits the height of the second capital.

1Ki 7:17  He made gratings of network with twisted threads of chain-work, for the capitals on the top of the pillars; seven for the one capital, and seven for the other capital.

1Ki 7:18  And he made the pillars. And two rows were all around on the one grating, to cover the capitals on the top with the pomegranates. And so he did for the other capital.

1Ki 7:19  And the capitals on the top of the pillars in the porch were lily-work, four cubits.

1Ki 7:20  And the capitals were on the two pillars, also above, over against the belly which was by the grating; and the pomegranates were two hundred in rows all around on the other capital.

1Ki 7:21  And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple. And he set up the right pillar and called its name Jachin. And he set up the left pillar, and called its name of Boaz.

1Ki 7:22  And on the top of the pillars was lily-work. So the work of the pillars was finished.

 

The Hebrew word for lily is שושן ‘shoshan’ which is referring to its white color, as well as 6 petals. Pomegranates also have a six sided ‘crown.’  As seen above, this word שש ‘shesh (6), is linked to the resurrection.

 

 

The lily is a picture of Messiah & His body/house

 

Son 2:1  I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.

Hos 14:4  I will heal their backslidings; I will love them freely; for My anger has turned away from him.

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

Hos 14:6  His branches shall go out, and his beauty shall be like the olive tree, and his scent as Lebanon to him.

Hos 14:7  They who live under his shadow shall return; they shall live like the grain, and blossom like the vine; their memorial shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

 

Pillars

Exo 23:24  You shall not bow down to their gods, and you shall not serve them. And you shall not do according to their works. But tearing you shall tear them down, and smashing you shall smash their pillars.

 

The word for pillar in Exodus 23:24 is מצבה ‘matsevah’ which can mean a pillar, monument or stock/stump of a tree.  This is the word used in Genesis referring to the stone that Jacob anointed and proclaimed as Bethel.

 

Gen 28:18  And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar {מצבה ‘matsevah’}, and poured oil upon the top of it.

Gen 28:19  And he called the name of that place Bethel:: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

Gen 35:14  And Jacob set up a pillar (מצבה ‘matsevah’) in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon {This is a strong reference to the Messiah, which means anointed one.}.

Gen 35:15  And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel  {בּית־אל ‘beytḣ’el’  – house of God}

 

Messiah is the image of God

 

2Co 4:4  in whom the god of this age has blinded the thoughts of the unbelieving, so that the brightness of the gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God, should not dawn on them.

 

The congregation of believers are to be the “image” of Messiah

 

Rom 8:29  because whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be the First-born among many brothers.

2Co 3:18  But we all with our face having been unveiled, having beheld the glory of the Lord in a mirror, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord Spirit.

 

His body = the Temple

 

Joh 2:19  Jesus said to them, Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.

Joh 2:20  Then the Jews said, This sanctuary was forty six years being built, and do You raise it up in three days?

Joh 2:21  But He spoke about the sanctuary of His body.

 

The Temple/Tabernacle = the Body

 

Exo 25:8  And let them make a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell in their midst.

2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

 

The Holy of Holies contained the ark of the covenant which had the Word within.  Our cells contain our DNA which is a physical picture of that Word.

 

The Olive tree = His Body = the Pillar/Bethel

 

Romans 11:16 the Root of the Olive Tree = Messiah

 

Rom 11:16  Now if the firstfruit is holy, so also the lump. And if the root is holy, so also the branches.

Isa 6:13  But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance {מצבת ‘matstsebeth’ – a monumental stone; also the stock of a tree: – pillar, substance.} is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed (Galatians 3:16) shall be the substance (מצבת ‘matstsebeth’) thereof.

 

ROOT = מצבת ‘matstsebeth’ = PILLAR

 

Gen 28:10  And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

Gen 28:11  And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

Gen 28:12  And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

Gen 28:16  And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.

Gen 28:17  And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

Gen 28:18  And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

Gen 28:19  And he called the name of that place Bethel:: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

Gen 28:20  And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,

Gen 28:21  So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:

Gen 28:22  And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth {Isaiah 6:13} unto thee.

Gen 35:14  And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.

Gen 35:15  And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.

 

Mat 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

1Ti 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Eph 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Eph 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

Eph 2:22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

 

This is interesting to note.  Jacob’s pillar is connected with the ladder to Heaven.  Messiah applies this to Himself.  The ladder also points to DNA within our bodies which is the ‘word’ that creates our bodies.  Messiah is the Word made flesh who is the olive tree/tree of life which we can be grafted into through faith.  He is the body, we are members of that body through faith.  He is the Temple, we are the stones of the building by faith.

 

Here we see that the pillar that Jacob anointed is to be the house of God .  His house are His people (Hebrews 3:6).  His body, the Church.

1Ti 3:15  But if I delay, that you may know how to behave in the house of God, which is the assembly of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

Why the mention of DNA & the Temple?  This imagery is seen in the rabbit.  We’ll look at this in the next study.

 

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Hebrew Roots of Christian Holidays part 1

Hebrew Roots of Christian Holidays part 2

Hebrew Roots of Christian Holidays – Examine Yourself

Hebrew Roots of Christian Holidays – Pagan Christianity?

Hebrew Roots of Christian Holidays – Alexander Hislop

Hebrew Roots of Christian Holidays – Ralph Woodrow

Hebrew Roots of Christian Holidays – Pagan Parallels

Hebrew Roots of Christian Holidays – Church Fathers & Paganism

Hebrew Roots of Christian Holidays – Constantine

Hebrew Roots of Christian Holidays – Origins of Christian Holidays

Hebrew Roots of Christian Holidays – Easter & Paganism?

Hebrew Roots of Christian Holidays – Easter Eggs

 

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