Shadows of Messiah – Daffodils

Shadows of Messiah - Daffodils

Daffodils are one of the first plants to spring forth at the end of Winter as Spring comes upon the earth.  Spring is a picture of the resurrection from the dead so it is appropriate that the shadow picture embedded within the daffodil displays the same picture.

The daffodil’s scientific name is Narcissus, tracing back to the myth of Narcissus who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water and became so obsessed that he stopped eating, starved and then died.  In the story, the daffodil plant sprang forth from where he died.  Narcissus displays the carnal man who loves himself (2 Timothy 3:2; 2 Peter 2:10) but hates God (Romans 8:5-6).  The only way for us to overcome this carnality is to die and be resurrected into the image of Messiah, displayed by the daffodil.

Narcissus (Νάρκισσος ‘Narkissos’) comes from the Greek word ναρκάω ‘narkao’ which means numb and is the source of the word narcotic.  It is believed that the name is linked to the sedative effects of the alkaloids in the plant, which can also lead to death.  Carnal man is spoken of as being ‘numb’ or ‘dull’ in the Scriptures (Isaiah 29:10-12; Matthew 13:15).

This word ναρκάω ‘narkao’ is used three times in the Septuagint, two of which (Genesis 32:25, 32) speak of the wrestling match between Jacob and the Angel in which Jacob became Israel.  This pictures carnal man being born again.  In Genesis 32:32, ναρκάω ‘narkao’ is used to translate the Hebrew word נשׁה ‘nâsheh.’  This is interesting to note as נשׁה ‘nâsheh’ also means loan or debt and is associated with the sin of Adam and Eve at the tree of knowledge of good and evil in which sin, carnality and death came forth (Romans 5:12).  This heavy burden {καταναρκάω ‘katanarkaō’} (Psalm 38:4) of debt can only be paid by the work of the Messiah on the cross.

Gen 32:32  Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank {נשׁה ‘nâsheh’}.

In Genesis 32:25, ναρκάω ‘narkao’ is translated from the word יקע ‘yâqa‛ which means to dislocate or hang/behead.

Gen 32:25  And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint {יקע ‘yâqa‛}, as he wrestled with him.

The root of יקע ‘yâqa‛ is קע ‘qa’ which means to mark by branding, incision or tattoo.  This word is linked to the mark of the beast which traces back to the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  This ‘mark’ can only be overcome by being born again in Messiah, by being marked with the mark of God.

The third place in the Septuagint that ναρκάω ‘narkao’ is used is in Job 33:19, to translate the Hebrew word איתן ”êythân.’

Job 33:19  He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain {איתן ”êythân}:

איתן ‘eytan’ means strength or mighty and comes from the root תן ‘tan’ which is used in reference to the mighty sea creatures, in particular the dragon (Ezekiel 29:3).

Further displaying this concept of death and resurrection and the tree of knowledge is the etymology of the word daffodil.  The word ‘daffodil’ comes from the Greek word ἀσφόδελος ‘asphodelos’ which the Greek mysteries associate with death and the underworld.  Asphodels were worn by the goddess of the underworld, Persephone, as a crowned garland.

The ancients also believed that asphodels were a remedy for poisonous snake bites and sorcery.  This is significant as the snake, and sorcery theme traces back to the beginning and the tree of knowledge of good and evil in which death, and the carnality of man, originate.  The word for serpent in Genesis 3 is נחש ‘nachash’ which also means divination/sorcery.  Messiah took upon Himself the debt of sin which came about in the beginning due to a serpent in a tree by becoming a “serpent on a tree” (John 3:14-15).

Daffodil & the Resurrection

The form of the daffodil is an incredible picture of the resurrection.  The flower has six petals in the form of a hexagon and a trumpet.  Both the hexagon and trumpet point to the resurrection.

The number six, שש ‘shesh,’ also means linen and white, as in the garments of those resurrected into the image of Messiah’s righteousness.  These garments are linked to plants springing forth from the earth in Spring, of which the daffodil leads.  In some cultures (such as the Kurds and Chinese) the daffodil is a symbol of Spring and the new year.

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.
Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
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.
Rev 19:9  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

This picture of the number six (hexagon) and the resurrection is also seen in the shadow picture of the snow.  It is fascinating to note that daffodils are one of the few plants that will be seen springing forth through the snow at the end of winter.

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.

Psa 119:172  My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.
Isa 51:7  Hear Me, those knowing righteousness, the people of My Law in their heart; do not fear the reproach of man, and do not be bowed from their blasphemings.
2Pe 2:21  For it was better for them not to have recognized the way of righteousness than having recognized it to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
1Jn 2:1  My little children, I write these things to you so that you do not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
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.
Psa 71:15  My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation
all the day; for I do not know the numbers.
Psa 71:16  I will come in the strength of the Lord Jehovah; I will speak of Your righteousness, of Yours alone.
Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of Law for righteousness to everyone that believes.
1Jn 2:29  If you know that He is righteous, know that everyone doing righteousness has been generated from Him.
Eph 4:24  and to put on the new man, which according to God was created in righteousness and true holiness.
Eph 4:25  Therefore, putting off the false, “speak truth each with his neighbor,” because we are members of one another.
Zech. 8:16

We are made righteous in Him.

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.
Rev 7:13  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
Rev 7:14  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
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.

The body of Messiah is clothed in garments of righteousness which is further seen in the classification of the daffodil.  Daffodils are divided into 13 divisions as the children of Israel in the wilderness {12 tribes with the Levites (13) in the center}.  The kingdom of God is divided into 12 (Revelation 21:10-27), with Messiah in the center/midst (Revelation 7:17).

Daffodil Trumpet

The daffodil has a ‘corona’ a crown-like structure also referred to as the ‘trumpet’.  The trumpet is blown at the resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; John 5:25-29; Revelation 1:10) where those who are resurrected from the dead shall rule with Messiah as kings and priests.

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.

Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Rev_1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Rev 5:9  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Rev_5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Exo 19:15  And he said to the people, Be ready {כן ‘kun’} for the third day (Hosea 6:2). Do not approach a woman.

The word translated as ‘ready’ in Exodus 19:15 is כן ‘kun.’  The Hebrew word כן ‘kun,’ is a picture of the resurrection as כן ‘kun’ literally pictures a seed being planted in the ground, later to spring forth into a plant.

כן ‘kun’ is the root word for כוהן ‘kohen’ which is the Hebrew word for priest & adorn.

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 {pointing to the resurrection where we will be given body like the Messiah (1 John 3:2) to reign as kings and priests (Psalm 132:9, 16} He put on me the robe of righteousness, even as a bridegroom dons (כהן ‘kahan’) 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.

For the 3rd day

Hos 6:1  Come and let us return to Jehovah. For He has torn, and He will heal us. He has stricken, and He will bind us up.
Hos 6:2  After two days He will bring us to life. In the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live before Him.
Hos 6:3  Then we shall know, we who follow on to know Jehovah. His going forth is established as the dawn. And He shall come to us as the rain, as the latter and former rain to the earth. 

The rains are a picture of the 2 comings of Messiah.  The spring feasts point to His first coming, the fall feasts point to His second coming.

Exo 19:16  And on the third day, it being morning, it happened: There were thunders and lightnings, and a heavy cloud on the mountain, and the sound of a ram’s horn, very strong! And all the people in the camp trembled.

Exo 19:17  And Moses caused the people to go up from the camp to meet God. And they took their stand at the lower part of the mountain.
Exo 19:18  And the mountain of Sinai was smoking, all of it, because Jehovah came down on it in fire. And its smoke went up like the smoke of a furnace; and the mountain quaked exceedingly.
Exo 19:19  And it happened while the sound of the shofar was sounding, and becoming very strong, Moses spoke. And God answered him by a voice.
Exo 19:20  And Jehovah came down on the mountain of Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and Jehovah called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

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.

The trumpets are to be blown on the Feast of Trumpets as a remembrance/memorial.  This is interesting to note as daffodils are grown commercially for modern medicine to produce galantamine, a drug used to fight off Alzheimer’s disease which destroys one’s memory.

Lev 23:24  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial (זכרון ‘zikaron’) of blowing of trumpets , an holy convocation.

It is through the death and resurrection of Jesus that all the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord.

Psa 22:27  All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
Psa 22:28  For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.

Saint David’s Day

The daffodil is the national flower of Wales, where it is traditional to wear a daffodil or a leek on Saint David’s Day which occurs March 1st.  This daffodil – David connection further displays the theme of resurrection.

דוד ‘david’ is spelled in Hebrew with 2 ד ‘dalets’ and 1 ו ‘vav.’  The letter ד ‘dalet’ is the fourth letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet, two of which depict the number 44.

The Greek word for resurrection is ἀνάστασις anastasis’ which is used 44 times in Scripture.  The number 44 is linked to birth.  The word to give birth/child in Hebrew is ילד ‘yeled’ whose numerical value is 44.  Father + Mother {אב + אם} also has the value of 44.

The phrase ‘He is redeemed’ יגאל ‘yigal’ (Leviticus 25:30) is equivalent to 44, as well as ‘in the Jubilee’ ביבל ‘bayovel’ (Leviticus 25:28).  It is in the Jubilee that the shofar is blown (Leviticus 25:9-10), the joyful sound (Psalm 89:15; 98:5-6) which pictures the resurrection from the dead (1Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 15:52).

The Hebrew letter which is equivalent to 4 is ד  ‘dalet’ so 44 would be displayed דד.  This is the Hebrew word for bosom or love.  The bosom is linked to the love of the Father in giving His only begotten Son for the salvation of mankind.  It is interesting to note that the Hebrew word for lamb טלה ‘taleh’ also has the numerical value of 44.

דד (dalet dalet).  In Paleo Hebrew this would be rendered:

Gesenius’s Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon
Combined these form the hexagram

As mentioned before, the daffodil portrays this hexagonal imagery.

44 ft = 528 inches = 26 cubits
26 = יהוה ‘Yahweh’
528 inches…The numerical value of 528 also has interesting connections to the current study.

The Number 528 – THE KEY

He resurrects us in/from His Word.
Psa 119:25  DALETH: My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to Your Word.
Psa 119:37  Turn my eyes from seeing vanity; in Your way give me life.
Psa 119:40  Behold, I have longed for Your Precepts; grant to me life in Your righteousness.
Psa 119:50  This is my comfort in my affliction; for Your Word has given me life.
Psa 119:93  I will never forget Your Precepts; for with them You gave me life.
Psa 119:107  I am greatly afflicted; O Jehovah, give me life according to Your Word.
Psa 119:149  Hear my voice by Your mercy, O Jehovah; give me life by Your judgment.
Psa 119:156  O Jehovah, Your tender mercies are great; give me life according to Your judgments.
Psa 119:159  See how I love Your Precepts, O Jehovah; give me life according to Your mercy.
Rom 8:2  For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus set me free from the law of sin and of death.
Php 3:20  For our citizenship is in Heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Php 3:21  who will transform our body of humiliation, for it to be conformed to His body of glory, according to the working of Him to be able even to subject all things under Himself.
2Co 4:14  knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up through Jesus, and will present us with you.
It is interesting to note that there are 66 bones in the human arm and shoulders corresponding to the 66 books of the Bible.

The Messiah, the Word, is likened to the Arm of God (Isaiah 53:1).  The bones of the human arm and hand are a picture of the Word. The Messiah is specifically described as the ‘Hand’ of the LORD (Psalm 118:14-16; Isaiah 48:13; Acts 5:31 etc.). The human hand consists of 27 bones which correspond to the 27 books of the New Testament. These bones are divided into 3 parts. 5 metacarpal bones of the palm corresponding to the Gospels & Revelation. 14 bones of the fingers corresponding to the epistles of Paul and 8 bones in the wrist corresponding to the epistles of the other Apostles…

The hand is connected to the three bones of the Arm (Isaiah 40:10; 63:5-8; Psalm 44:3; Deuteronomy 33:2 etc.) which correspond to the Torah, Prophets & Writings. The arm connects to the shoulder of which we are yoked to the Most High (Matthew 11:30), walking in one consent (Zephaniah 3:9).

In short, the 27 bones of the hand connect to 3 bones in the arm which equals 30.  30 bones in each arm and hand add up to 60.  This is amazing as the arms connect to the shoulders which consist of the 2 shoulder bones themselves that are connected to 2 clavicles and 2 scapulas which = 6.  60+6= 66…the exact number of books in the Bible!

The Hebrew word for shoulder is שכם ‘shekhem’ which is also linked to the resurrection as the word literally means to rise early and place a load on the shoulders in order to depart.

Gen 22:3  And Abraham started up early {שכם ‘shekhem’} in the morning and saddled his ass, and he took two of his youths with him, and his son Isaac. And he split wood for a burnt offering, and rose up and went to the place which God had said to him.
Rev 22:16  I, Jesus, sent My angel to testify these things to you over the assemblies. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the bright and morning Star.
Rev 3:7  And to the angel of the assembly in Philadelphia, write: These things says the Holy One, the True One, the One having “the key of David,” “the One opening, and no one shuts; and shuts, and no one opens:” Isa. 22:22
Isa 22:22  And the key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder, so that he opens, and no one shuts; and he shuts, and no one opens.
The English word ‘clavicle’ or ‘collarbone’ comes from the Latin word ‘clavicula’ which means a key.  In the days of Messiah, keys were shaped like the modern day letter F.

F is the 6th letter in the English alphabet corresponding to the Hebrew letter ו ‘vav.’  ו ‘vav’ is the nail.

Isa 22:22  And the key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder, so that he opens, and no one shuts; and he shuts, and no one opens.
Isa 22:23  And I will drive him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a throne of glory to his father’s house.

The muscle that hangs off of the clavicle is the Deltoid

The deltoid is called so because it is in the shape of the Greek letter Δ ‘delta’ (triangle).  The Greek letter Δ ‘delta’ comes from the Hebrew letter ד ‘dalet’ which means a door.

The key (clavicle) to the house of David.  דוד ‘david’ in Hebrew is 2 ד ‘dalets’ and 1 ו ‘vav.’  2 ‘deltoids’ and a nail/key.

Messiah Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gave His life that His sheep might live with Him.  Jesus associates His role as the Good Shepherd with His death and resurrection.  The Hebrew letter ד ‘dalet’ {spelled דלת} is a picture of a tent door.  The word is translated as door or gate in the Scriptures.  Messiah Jesus is the door/gate from whence man can enter into the garden of the Lord (John 10:7-14).  This entrance was made available through His death on the cross (John 10:15-18; Hebrews 10:20).

Joh 10:7  Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
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 10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life 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.

Leeks & St. David

In Wales, leeks are linked to daffodils.  As with daffodils, leeks spring forth from the earth at the end of winter and early spring.  In the Welsh language, daffodil (‘cenin Pedr’) literally means ‘Peter’s Leek.’  The leek is yet another fascinating shadow picture of the resurrection of the dead through Messiah.  The word ‘leek’ has numerous etymologic paths which all have the meaning of leeks, garlic or onions.  Ultimately, the word traces back to the Hebrew word לכד ‘lokhad’ which means a trap or lock.  This is an interesting connection to the number 528 mentioned above as 528 points to the “key” which unlocks the door to life.

Leeks, onions & garlic all display the picture of Messiah’s death and resurrection.  These plants have been used for centuries to fight off disease.  There are a number of stories of onions and garlic being used during the black plague by being placed in a room to ‘absorb’ germs. This connects to the sacrifice of the Messiah on the cross when He ‘absorbed’ the sins of mankind.

The Hebrew word for onion is בצל ‘betsal.’  בצל ‘betsal’ comes from the root זל which literally means ‘cut’ the ‘shepherd.’ (John 19:34-37).  בצל ‘betsal’ can also mean ‘in His shadow’ or ‘under His wings.’  On the cross Messiah ‘spread out His wings/arms’ and gathered in Himself our sins just as the onions He created as a shadow picture of Himself.

Garlic is similiar to onions in its healing properties.  The word for garlic in Hebrew is שום ‘shum’ which comes from the Hebrew root שם ‘shem’ which means name or breath which is why garlic is called ‘shum’ for its strong odor or ‘breath.’ On the cross, Messiah displayed the name/character of God which is love.

Amazingly, the word for trespass offering, אשם ‘asham,’ comes from this same root, שם ‘shem.’

Isa 53:10  But Jehovah pleased to crush Him, to make Him sick, so that If He should put His soul as a guilt offering (אשם ‘asham’), He shall see His seed; He shall prolong His days; and the will of Jehovah shall prosper in His hand.

The Hebrew word for leek is חציר ‘chatsiyr’ which comes from the root word חצר ‘chatsar.’  These words are speaking of the grass and plants which grow outside of the city.  חצר ‘chatsar’ also has the meaning of the blowing of trumpets…

Related Studies:


Daily Tidbits 4/23 – Flowers

 Daily Tidbits 3/21 – Spring

Daily Tidbits 4/12 – Resurrection

Daily Tidbits 12/18/11 – Snow & the Resurrection

Shadows of Messiah – Flowers

Shadows of Messiah book 3b

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