Shadows of Messiah – Flowers

Shadows of Messiah - Flowers

The Hebrew word for flower is פרח ‘parach’ which is a combination of the words פר ‘par’ which means fruit and רח ‘rach’ which means scent or aroma.  The fruit that smells…this describes perfectly the flower.  רח ‘rach’ is also the root of the word רוח ‘ruach’ which means wind or spirit in Hebrew.  The English word ‘fragrance’ comes from this word פרח ‘parach’ as well. In Hebrew, fragrance or aroma is ריח ‘reyach’ which is also from this root רח ‘rach.’

This aroma is speaking of the fruit פר ‘par’ of the Spirit רח ‘rach’…. or פרח ‘parach.’

2Co 2:14  But thanks be to God, the One always leading us in triumph in Christ, and the One revealing through us the odor of the knowledge of Him in every place.
2Co 2:15  For we are a sweet smell to God because of Christ in those being saved, and in those being lost;
2Co 2:16  to the one, an odor of death unto death, and to the other, an odor of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
2Co 2:17  For we are not as the many, peddling the Word of God; but as of sincerity, but as of God. We speak in Christ, in the sight of God.
Eph 5:2  and walk in love, even as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell.

We “smell” like Jesus when we walk in His שם “shem” His name…His Word {Revelation 19:13}…His character


Pro 18:10  The name of Jehovah is a tower of strength, the righteous runs into it and is set on high.

The word for tower here is מגדל ‘migdal’ which is speaking of something of great size as the root word גדל ‘gadol’ means great or magnificent.

This word מגדל ‘migdal’ is also translated as flower in the Bible:

Son 5:13  His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.

מגדל ‘migdal’ is also translated as pulpit in the book of Nehemiah.  The pulpit from whence Ezra read the Word.

Neh 8:4  And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.
Neh 8:5  And Ezra opened the book to the eyes of all the people, for he was above all the people. And when he opened it, all the people stood up.
Neh 8:6  And Ezra blessed Jehovah, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, lifting up their hands. And they bowed and worshiped to Jehovah with their noses to the ground.

Notice that everyone bowed at the Word of the LORD.  Keep this in mind as this study progresses.
Both flower and pulpits are raised up.  The word for flower,  פרח ‘parach,’ is also speaking of the bursting of a bud or the breaking out of a chick from the egg.  Both pictures of the resurrection, or being raised up.

It is interesting to note that the tassels on the four corners of the garments of believers were to be of twisted fibers or in Hebrew גדיל ‘gediyl.’


These tassels are called ציצית ‘tzitziyt.’


Flowers and His Righteousness

Mat 6:28  And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They do not labor nor do they spin,
Mat 6:29  but I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed as one of these.
Mat 6:30  If God so enrobes the grass of the field (which is today, and is thrown into a furnace tomorrow) will He not much rather you, little-faiths?
Mat 6:31  Then do not be anxious, saying, What may we eat? Or, what may we drink? Or, what may clothe us?
Mat 6:32  For after all these things the nations seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.
Mat 6:33  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Mat 6:34  Then do not be anxious for tomorrow. For the morrow will be anxious of itself. Sufficient to each day is its own trouble.

What is His Righteousness?
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 23:6  In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Isa 45:23  I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
Isa 45:24  Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
Isa 45:25  In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

Recall the people bowing at the Name/Word of God when Ezra stood at the pulpit {מגדל ‘migdal’ tower/flower}….

Php 2:9  Because of this also God highly exalted Him and gave Him a name above every name,
Php 2:10  that at the name of Jesus “every knee should bow,” of heavenly ones, and earthly ones, and ones under the earth,
Php 2:11  and “every tongue should confess” that Jesus Christ is “Lord,” to the glory of God the Father. Isa. 45:23
1Co 1:30  But of Him, you are in Christ Jesus, who was made to us wisdom from God, both righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
1Co 1:31  so that even as it has been written, “He that glories, let him glory in” the “Lord.” Jer. 9:24
Dan 9:24  Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Psa 71:15  My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day; for I do not know the numbers.
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.
Phi 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

The fruit of the Spirit is in all righteousness

Eph 5:6  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for through these things the wrath of God comes on the sons of disobedience.
Eph 5:7  Then do not become partakers with them;
Eph 5:8  for you then were darkness, but are now light in the Lord; walk as children of light.
Eph 5:9  For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth,
Eph 5:10  proving what is pleasing to the Lord.
Php 1:9  And this I pray, that your love may yet abound more and more in full knowledge and all perception,
Php 1:10  for you to distinguish the things that differ, that you may be sincere and without blame for the day of Christ,
Php 1:11  being filled with fruits of righteousness through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Flower – light connection

Notice in Ephesians 5:8 that the children of light bear forth the fruit of righteousness.  Both light and fruit are linked to the flower.  The fruit is seen in פרח ‘parach.’  The light is seen in the words נוץ  ‘nootz’ & ניץ ‘niytz’ both which are translated as flower, as in blossoming.  The root of these words is נץ which is speaking of the sparkling colors or light.

Pro 11:30  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

The Word is the Tree of Life, the Word is the Seed.

Luk 8:11  And this is the parable: The seed is the Word of God.
Luk 8:12  And those by the roadside are those who hear, then the Devil comes and takes away the Word from their heart, lest believing they may be saved.
Luk 8:13  And those on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the Word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a time, and in time of trial draw back.
Luk 8:14  And those falling in the thorn bushes, these are those hearing, but under cares and riches and pleasures of life, moving along, they are choked, and do not bear to maturity.
Luk 8:15  And those in the good ground, these are the ones who in a right and good heart, hearing the Word, they hold it and bear fruit in patience.

Immediately after describing the Seed/Word, Jesus shows that fruit=works=light.  The menorah is a picture of the Tree of Life…the Olive Tree of Romans 11.

Luk 8:16  But no one lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel, or puts it underneath a couch, but sets it on a lampstand, that those coming in may see the light.
Jer 11:16  Jehovah called your name, a green olive tree, fair, with fine fruit. With the sound of a great roaring, He has set fire to it, and its branches are worthless.

The Hebrew word for ‘fine’ in Jeremiah 11:16 is תאר ‘toar’ which means a shape, form, outline or figure of a thing.

תאר ‘toar’ is a cognate of the word תורה ‘torah’ which literally means instruction which defines the border of a people or the ‘image’ of a people.

Heb 1:3  who being the shining splendor of His glory, and the express image of His essence, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, having made purification of our sins through Himself, He sat down on the right of the Majesty on high, Psa. 110:1
Php 1:11  being filled with fruits of righteousness through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Flower – Mankind connection

ἀνθος ‘anthos’ means a flower.  Man is likened unto a flower in Scripture (James 1:10; 1Peter 1:24).  ἀνθος ‘anthos’ is also used to translate the Hebrew word צמח  ‘tsemach’ which is the word used 5 times in Scripture referring to Messiah THE BRANCH (Isaiah 4:2; Jeremiah 23:5-6; 33:15-16; Zechariah 3:8-9; 6:12-13).

The number 5 is linked to the Fibonacci Spiral and mankind.

5 is the 5th Fibonacci number
5 is also the 5th of the Fibonacci numbers, including 0, 1, 2, 3, and 5.
5 appears in the human body, which has proportions based on phi
Another interesting aspect of phi and five is in relation to the design of the human body, which in addition to being based on phi relationships in its proportions, has:
* 5 appendages from the torso, in the two arms, two legs and a head,
* 5 appendages on each of legs and arms in the five fingers and five toes,
* 5 openings on the face, and
* 5 senses in sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.


The Divine Proportion in the Body

The white line is the body’s height.

The blue line, a golden section of the white line, defines the distance from the head to the finger tips

The yellow line, a golden section of the blue line, defines the distance from the head to the navel and the elbows.

The green line, a golden section of the yellow line, defines the distance from the head to the pectorals and inside top of the arms, the width of the shoulders, the length of the forearm and the shin bone.

The magenta line, a golden section of the green line, defines the distance from the head to the base of the skull and the width of the abdomen. The sectioned portions of the magenta line determine the position of the nose and the hairline.

Although not shown, the golden section of the magenta line (also the short section of the green line) defines the width of the head and half the width of the chest and the hips.

The Human face, ears, and teeth are based upon Phi

The human hand and foot are based on Phi

The human heartbeat is based upon Phi

Fruit


The English word fruit traces back to the Hebrew word for fruit which is פרות ‘parot’ from the root פר ‘par.’  All fruit comes forth from a flower.  The Hebrew word for flower is פרח ‘parach’ which is a combination of the words פר ‘par’ which means fruit and רח ‘rach’ which means scent or aroma.  The fruit that smells…this describes perfectly the flower.  רח is also the root of the word רוח ‘ruach’ which means wind or spirit in Hebrew.

The fruit is in reality a part of the ovaries of the flower which become seeds after ‘double fertilization’ which then produce fruit.  The Word is likened to seed (Luke 8:11).  The fruit is the actions and words that come forth from man who is born again by the Word (1Peter 1:23; 1John 3:0; James 1:18, 21).

The Fruit of the Spirit

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

There are 9 fruit of the Spirit, which correspond to 9 gifts of the Spirit

1Co 12:6  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
1Co 12:7  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
1Co 12:8  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom (1); to another the word of knowledge (2) by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:9  To another faith (3) by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing (4) by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:10  To another the working of miracles (5); to another prophecy (6); to another discerning of spirits (7); to another divers kinds of tongues (8); to another the interpretation of tongues (9):
1Co 12:11  But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

The Hebrew word for nine is תשע ‘tesha’ which comes from the root שע meaning the shepherd.

This is also the root of the word ישועה ‘yeshuah’ from whence comes the name of our Savior.

It is also interesting to note that the word פר ‘par’ (fruit) has the numerical value of 280 which is equivalent to the word רעי ‘roi’ which means ‘my shepherd’ (Psalm 23:1).

The fruit that is formed from the flower occurs in the ‘gynoecium’ of the flower.

Gynoecium comes from the Greek words γυνή, gyne, meaning woman, and οἶκος ‘oikos,’ meaning house.  Ιt is interesting to note that the Hebrew letter ב ‘bet’ which means a house, consisted of 2 sections (double fertilizatoin) held up by 9 poles.  Amazingly, another Hebrew word for fruit is אב ‘av’ which also means a pole.

The Enlarged Bet

This first letter of the Scriptures is enlarged.  This is one of the peculiar letters in the Scriptures which is not the normal size.  Messiah Jesus referred to these as ‘jots and tittles’ in Matthew 5:18.  The letter ב ‘bet’ means a house.

This is the primary purpose of Creation.  The Almighty desired to have a physical dwelling.  To build a house, a man takes a bride who establishes the home where children are born and raised.  This is the desire of our Creator.  To have a physical dwelling with His bride where many sons will be brought to glory (Hebrews 2:10).

The fertilization process of the flower begins when the pollen (which means ash or ground seeds) a picture of the carnal nature of man (Genesis 18:27) is carried by the wind (which in Hebrew is רוח ‘ruach’ the same word for Spirit) or an insect to the stigma of a compatible flower.  The bristly hairs on the pollen carrying insects is called ‘scopa’ from a Latin word meaning a broom.  This traces back to the Hebrew word סחף ‘sachaf’ which means to be swept away.

The pollen comes forth from the stamen of the flower.  The word stamen traces back to the Hebrew word שתום ‘shatom’ which is used in the Bible in reference to a man whose eyes have been opened.

Num 24:3  And he took up his parable and said, The saying of Balaam the son of Beor, and the saying of the man whose eyes have been opened {שתום ‘shatom’}.

This begins the process of carnal man being born again.  This is what fruit coming forth from a flower is representing.

Interestingly, the word stamen also is linked to the Greek word ‘stoma’ which means the mouth.  A mouth is an ‘opening’ which is why the etymology traces back to שתום ‘shatom’ which means open.

Rom 10:8  But what does it say? “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the Word of faith which we proclaim) Deuteronomy 30:12-14.
Rom 10:9  Because if you confess the Lord Jesus with your mouth, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Rom 10:10  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation.

The pollen (Word) comes forth from the mouth.  It is carried upon the wind (Spirit) to the stigma of another flower.  The stigma is the mark, or the ‘ears.’

Rom 10:11  For the Scripture says, “Everyone believing on Him will not be put to shame.” Isa. 28:16
Rom 10:12  For there is no difference both of Jew and of Greek, for the same Lord of all is rich toward all the ones calling on Him.
Rom 10:13  For everyone, “whoever may call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Joel 2:32
Rom 10:14  How then may they call on One into whom they have not believed? And how may they believe One of whom they have not heard? And how may they hear without preaching?
Rom 10:15  And how may they preach if they are not sent? Even as it has been written, “How beautiful” “the feet of those preaching the gospel of peace, of those preaching the gospel of good things.” Isa. 52:7
Rom 10:16  But not all obeyed the gospel, for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” Isa. 53:1
Rom 10:17  Then faith is of hearing, and hearing through the Word of God.
Deu 6:4  Hear, O Israel, Jehovah our God is one Jehovah.
Deu 6:5  And you shall love Jehovah your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
Deu 6:6  And these Words which I am commanding you today shall be on your heart.
Deu 6:7  And you shall teach them to your sons, and shall speak of them as you sit in your house, and as you walk in the way, and as you are lying down, and as you are rising up.
Deu 6:8  And you shall bind them for a sign on your hand; and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes.
Deu 6:9  And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house, and on your gates.

The pollen adheres to the stigma and germinates when moisture is taken in.

The Word is His Seed

Luk 8:11  And this is the parable: The seed is the Word of God.
Luk 8:12  And those by the roadside are those who hear, then the Devil comes and takes away the Word from their heart, lest believing they may be saved.
Luk 8:13  And those on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the Word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a time, and in time of trial draw back.
Luk 8:14  And those falling in the thorn bushes, these are those hearing, but under cares and riches and pleasures of life, moving along, they are choked, and do not bear to maturity.
Luk 8:15  And those in the good ground, these are the ones who in a right and good heart, hearing the Word, they hold it and bear fruit in patience.

The Word is the seed, but a seed needs water in order for it to spring forth into life and bring forth fruit.  The Spirit is likened unto water.

Isa 44:3  For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:
Eze 36:25  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
Eze 36:26  A new heart {circumcision of the heart}also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

His Word is His Spirit

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Born again/conceived from above by the Spirit/Word

Tit 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Tit 3:5 He saved us, not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His compassion, through the washing of rebirth, and renewal by the Set-apart Spirit,
1Pe 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
1Jo 3:9  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Jam 1:18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Jas 1:21  On account of this, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of evil, in meekness receive the implanted Word being able to save your souls.

A pollen tube is then formed that reaches down through the style to fertilize the ovary at the bottom.  In Hebrew the word for a tube is אבוב ‘avoov’ which can also mean a vine.

Joh 15:1  I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.
Joh 15:2  Every branch in Me not bearing fruit, He takes it away; and each one bearing fruit, He prunes, so that it may bear more fruit.
Joh 15:3  You are already pruned because of the Word which I have spoken to you.
Joh 15:4  Remain in Me, and I in you. As the branch is not able to bear fruit of itself, unless it remain in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.
Joh 15:5  I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one abiding in Me, and I in him, this one bears much fruit, because apart from Me you are not able to execute, nothing.

The English word ‘style’ comes from the Latin word ‘stilus’ meaning a stake or an instrument for writing.  Here is a picture of the crucifixion.  The stigma is the word for a mark and also the wounds in the hands of the Messiah.  The style is the stake upon which He took upon our sins.  Here is also a picture of sinful man dying to the flesh through Messiah.

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Rom 6:3  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1Pe 4:14  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

The Latin word ‘stilus’ traces back further to the Hebrew word צורה ‘tsurah’ which is the word for the flint used by the ancients to circumcise their flesh (Exodus 4:25).

Col 2:11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Col 2:12  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
Col 2:13  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

The pollen travels down the pollen tube where it fertilizes the ovaries to produce fruit.  The word ovary comes from the Hebrew word עוף ‘oph’ which is speaking of the wings of a bird.
This is speaking of abiding under the shadow of His wings as the little guy in His Eye.  Truly knowing Him.  Abiding under the shadow of His wings as the little guy in His Eye is intimately linked to the crucifixion of Messiah.

The Hebrew word for ‘to know’ is דע ‘dah’ which literally means the door of the eyes.  Abiding under the shadow of His wings in a close relationship where you see yourself as a little guy in the ‘door of His eyes.’

1Pe 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Joh 17:3  And this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.
Eph 3:17  that through faith Christ may dwell in your hearts, having been rooted and founded in love,
Eph 3:18  that you may be given strength to grasp, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and depth and height,
Eph 3:19  and to know the surpassing knowledge and love of Christ, that you may be filled to all the fullness of God.

When we know Him, then we can bear His fruit.

Jer 31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will cut with the house of Israel: After those days, declares Jehovah, I will put My Law in their inward parts, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
Jer 31:34  And they shall no longer each man teach his neighbor, and each man his brother, saying, Know Jehovah. For they shall all know Me, from the least of them even to the greatest of them, declares Jehovah. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sins no more.
1Jn 2:3  And by this we know that we have known Him, if we keep His commands.

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 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 Hebrew word כן ‘kun,’ is a picture of the resurrection

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. 

Tulips

Tulips are another flower which springs forth in the Spring, a picture of the resurrection.  The word tulip comes from the Turkish word ‘tülbent’ which means turban, from the resemblance of the tulip to a turban.  A turban is a covering for the head but can also have the meaning of a mitre for a priest and a diadem for a king {מצנפת ‘mitsnepheth’}.  This is a picture of  those who are resurrected from the dead shall rule with Messiah as kings and priests (Psalm 132:9, 16; Revelation 1:5-6; 5:9-10).

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.
Isa 61:11  For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

This Scripture portion points 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; Revelation 1:5-6; 5:9-10).  The word for ‘ornaments’ in Isaiah 61:10 is פּאר ‘pe’êr’ which is also means a turban.

Rose

Roses begin to bloom in late Spring and continue to bloom and grow throughout the Summer.

Messiah Jesus is likened unto the rose.

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

The Hebrew word translated as ‘rose’ is חבצלת ‘chavtselet’ which points to abiding under the shadow of the wings of the Almighty.  The center of  חבצלת ’chavtselet’ is בצל ‘betsal’ which means ‘in His shadow.’  The outside of חבצלת ’chavtselet’ is חת ‘chet’ which means a breaking.  This points to the abiding under the wings of Messiah at Calvary where He was broken that we might be made whole.  Further illustrating this is another breakdown of  חבצלת ‘chavtselet’ as חבצלת ‘chavtselet’ is from the root חבצל ‘chavtsal’ which is a combination of חב ‘chav’ which means a bosom and צל ‘tsel’ which means a shadow.

The Bosom, the Family and Gathering at the Cross

Just as the word father in Hebrew is associated with love, so too is the word mother.  אם ‘em’ (mother) is the source of the Latin ‘amare,’ the French ‘amitie’ and the English ‘amity’ which mean love.  One of the Hebrew words for love is דד ‘dud/dad’ which means both love and breasts/bosom.  Interestingly, the English word ‘baby’ comes from the Hebrew בבה ‘baba’ which is related to the word אבוב ‘aboob’ the root of which is אב ‘av’ which means father but also means a pipe, as in the breast of the mother whose milk flows to give sustenance to the baby.  בבה ‘baba’ in Hebrew means the pupil, the apple of one’s eyes.  As any parent has held their baby in their arms against their bosom they recognize this is the epitome of love and intimate relationship (apple of the eye/little guy in the eye).

The word family comes from משפחה ‘mispocha’ the same root as שפח ‘shapach’.  שפח ‘shaphach’ is the root of the word ‘crucifixion’ which gathers all the family of the earth.  The bosom, which represents the love of the family also links to the Messiah.

Messiah came from the bosom of the Father.

Joh 1:18  No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, that One declares Him.

He gathers and then carries in His bosom His people, linking to the crucifixion.  It is through the work of Messiah on the cross that mankind is brought into His family.

Isa 40:10  Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come with strength, and His arm rules for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him, and His wage before Him.
Isa 40:11  He shall feed His flock like a shepherd; He shall gather lambs with His arm; and carry them in His bosom; those with young He will lead;
Psa 89:50  Remember, O Lord, the reproach of Your servants, my bearing in my bosom the insults of the many peoples
Psa 89:51  with which Your enemies have cursed, O Jehovah; with which they have cursed the footsteps of Your anointed.
Eph 2:8  For by grace you are saved, through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift (gift = love = bosom) of God;
Eph 2:9  not of works, that not anyone should boast;
Eph 2:10  for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God before prepared that we should walk in them.
Eph 2:11  Because of this, remember that you, the nations, were then in the flesh (those having been called Uncircumcision by those having been called Circumcision in the flesh made by hands)
Eph 2:12  that at that time you were without Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers of the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Eph 2:13  But now, in Christ Jesus you who then were afar off, came to be near by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14  For He is our peace, He making us both one, and breaking down the middle wall of partition,
Eph 2:15  in His flesh causing to cease the enmity, the Law of the commandments in decrees, that He might in Himself create the two into one new man, making peace,
Eph 2:16  and might reconcile both in one body to God through the cross, slaying the enmity in Himself.
Eph 2:17  And coming, He proclaimed “peace to you, the ones afar off, and to the ones near.” Isa. 57:19
Eph 2:18  For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
Eph 2:19  So, then, you are no longer strangers and tenants, but you are fellow citizens of the saints and of the family of God,

There are multiple words in Hebrew for love, all linking back to the bosom.  The most common is אהב ‘ahav’ which has the meaning of a gift and the expressions and actions of one towards the family.  The pictograph meaning displays the gift of the Father to mankind of His only begotten Son.  Again linking the bosom, the family and the crucifixion.

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 15:13  Greater love than this has no one, that anyone should lay down his soul for his friends.

From the root:

The Pictograph meaning of Love

The first and last letters spell out the word for Father אב ‘av’ and the middle letter ה ‘heh’ is a picture of a man with outstretched arms.  The Love of the Father is revealed through the Messiah on the tree, gathering all mankind back to their Creator.

Another word for love is חשק ‘chashaq’ which has the meaning of being knit together in love.   חשק ‘chashaq is the word used in reference to the joining together of the Tabernacle, which is a shadow picture of the body of Messiah.  It is no surprise that this joining together involved nails, just as in the nails used in the crucifixion (Exodus 38:17, 28; Deuteronomy 7:7; Colossians 2:2, 19; Ephesians 4:15-16).

חשק ‘chashaq’ also can be traced back to the word חק ‘choq’

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חוק  /  חק  /  חיק
chêyq  /  chêq  /  chôq
BDB Definition:
1) bosom, hollow, bottom, midst


חק ‘choq’ is the root of חקק ‘chaqaq’ and חקה ‘chuqah’ which means to inscribe a decree or custom.  It is used in reference to the Torah.  It is no surprise that the New Covenant, cut at Calvary is associated with the inscribing of the Word on our hearts which is contained in our bosoms (Jeremiah 31:31).

There are two more words in Hebrew which are translated as bosom.  It is חצן ‘chatsan’ which comes from חץ ‘chats’ which literally means a tent wall, as in an enclosing.  Finally, the word צלחת ‘tsalachat’ which means a bowl, as in the bowls used in the Tabernacle.  צלחת ‘tsalachat’ comes from צלח ‘tsalach’ which traces back further to צל ‘tsel’ which means a shadow…as under the shadow of His wings, the little guy in His Eye.

Recall that the word in Hebrew for pupil is בבה ‘baba’ which is the source of the English word ‘baby.’  Interestingly, the English word ‘shade’ comes from the Hebrew word שד ‘shad’ which means the breast/bosom.  שד ‘shad’ is the root of the word שדי ‘shaddai’ which is translated as ‘the Almighty.’  שד ‘shad’ literally means to return to the door, again linking with the feasts and the Tabernacle mentioned above.

Finally, the word דוד ‘dod’ means love.  דד ‘dod’ literally means the breasts.  The letter ד ‘dalet’ is the picture of a door, or flap of a tent which opens the way inside.  The tabernacle consisted of two doors/veils which דד ‘dod’ displays.  What is the veil of the Tabernacle a picture of?  The body/flesh of Messiah.

Heb 10:20  which He consecrated for us, a new and living way through the veil; that is, His flesh;

The above portion of Scripture is in context of the New Covenant which was cut at Calvary where Messiah gathered mankind into His bosom (Isaiah 40:11; Psalm 89:50).

The Greek word for rose is ῥοδον ‘rhodon’ which traces back to the Aramaic word ורד ‘vrod.’  ורד ‘vrod’ comes from the root רד ‘rad’ which has the meaning of descending.  Interestingly, the English word ‘rose’ is also linked to the word English word ‘rise’ which traces back to the Hebrew word זרח ‘zerach’ which has the meaning of the sun rising.  Both ורד ‘vrod’ and זרח ‘zerach’ are related through the color red.   ורד ‘vrod’ is the Aramaic word for rose and in Hebrew means pink/red.   זרח ‘zerach’ is the word for sunrise which has a red hue.

The word וריד ‘vreyd’ means vein in Hebrew and is the source of the Finnish and Hungarian word ‘veri’ which means blood.  The Hebrew word for blood is דם ‘dam’ which is the source of the word דמיוני ‘deemyoney’ which means ‘romantic.’  Is it any surprise that this flower is used for romance?

Rose – Romance connection

The rose is linked to resurrection (Isaiah 35:1).  The Hebrew word to romance is רומני ‘romaney.’  רומני ‘romaney’ comes from רם ‘rum’ which means to rise.  Interestingly, the word romantic is דמיוני ‘deemyoney’ which comes from the root דם ‘dam’ which literally means blood, or the red fluid which travels through a living being.  Another word for romance in Hebrew is שיקר ‘sheqar’ which is related to the word סקר ‘seqar’ which is the origin of the English word ‘scarlet.’

Rose – Fibonacci spiral

The English word spiral comes from the Latin word ‘spira’ and the Greek word ‘speira’ which trace back to the Hebrew word צפירה ‘tsiyphrah’ which means a turning as in a wreath.

Isa 28:5  In that day Jehovah of Hosts shall become a crown of glory and a diadem {צפירה ‘tsiyphrah’} of beauty to the rest of His people,

צפירה ‘tsiyphrah’ comes from the root צפר ‘tsaphar’ which is speaking of the early morning (sunrise) and the singing of birds.

The Fibonacci Spiral also known as the Golden ratio or the Divine Proportion, points directly to Messiah Jesus.

The Fibonacci numbers are Nature’s numbering system. They appear everywhere in Nature, from the leaf arrangement in plants, to the pattern of the florets of a flower, the bracts of a pinecone, or the scales of a pineapple and as is seen in the above picture, the rose. The Fibonacci numbers are therefore applicable to the growth of every living thing, including a single cell, a grain of wheat, a hive of bees, and even all of mankind.

The number 5 is intrinsically related to Phi and the Fibonacci series which is displayed in the 5 petals of the rose.


The number 5 is linked to life as it was on day 5 that life was created.

As mentioned above, the rose is linked to the word דם ‘dam’ which means blood, wherein is the life of all flesh (Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 17:11-12, 14; Deuteronomy 12:23).  Blood is the ‘living waters’ which is a picture of Messiah Jesus (John 4:10-14; 7:37-39).

5 is the 5th Fibonacci number
5 is also the 5th of the Fibonacci numbers, including 0, 1, 2, 3, and 5.
5 appears in the human body, which has proportions based on phi
Another interesting aspect of phi and five is in relation to the design of the human body, which in addition to being based on phi relationships in its proportions, has:
* 5 appendages from the torso, in the two arms, two legs and a head,
* 5 appendages on each of legs and arms in the five fingers and five toes,
* 5 openings on the face, and
* 5 senses in sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.


The Divine Proportion in the Body

The white line is the body’s height.

The blue line, a golden section of the white line, defines the distance from the head to the finger tips

The yellow line, a golden section of the blue line, defines the distance from the head to the navel and the elbows.

The green line, a golden section of the yellow line, defines the distance from the head to the pectorals and inside top of the arms, the width of the shoulders, the length of the forearm and the shin bone.

The magenta line, a golden section of the green line, defines the distance from the head to the base of the skull and the width of the abdomen. The sectioned portions of the magenta line determine the position of the nose and the hairline.

Although not shown, the golden section of the magenta line (also the short section of the green line) defines the width of the head and half the width of the chest and the hips.

The Human face, ears, and teeth are based upon Phi

The human hand and foot are based on Phi

The human heartbeat is based upon Phi

Further linking man and the rose is the Septuagint translation of Song of Songs 2:1.

Son 2:1  Ἐγὼ ἄνθος τοῦ πεδίου, κρίνον τῶν κοιλάδων.

ἀνθος ‘anthos’ means a flower.  Man is likened unto a flower in Scripture (James 1:10; 1Peter 1:24).  ἀνθος ‘anthos’ is also used to translate the Hebrew word צמח  ‘tsemach’ which is the word used 5 times in Scripture referring to Messiah THE BRANCH (Isaiah 4:2; Jeremiah 23:5-6; 33:15-16; Zechariah 3:8-9; 6:12-13).

Azaleas

The azalea is yet another flower which displays “Shadows of Messiah.”Azaleas get their name from the Greek word ἀζαλέος ‘azaleos’ which means to “dry up” or “ashes”.  The beauty of azaleas in connection with ashes is interesting in light of the promise of the Messiah.

Isa 61:3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty {פּאר ‘pe`er’} for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

The word פּאר ‘pe`er’ comes from the root word פר ‘par’ which means fruit.  Fruit and flowers are connected as fruit as all fruit comes forth from flowers.

Interestingly, the Hebrew word for ash {אפר ‘epher’} also comes from this root word פר ‘par.’  פר ‘par’ literally pictures oxen treading out the grain in order to gather the fruit.  Ashes are seen in this same imagery (Malachi 4:3).

The word ash comes from the Old English ‘æsce’ which means the “powdery remains of fire” tracing back to the Hebrew word for fire, אש ‘esh.’  In the Scripture, the connection between bushes and fire is seen in Exodus 3 when God appeared to Moses.

Exo 3:2  And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

It is in this portion of Scripture that God declares His name.

Exo 3:13  And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
Exo 3:14  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
Exo 3:15  And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

Further connecting the azalea with the burning bush is in the Chinese culture the azalea is known as the “thinking of home bush” (sixiang shu).  Moses was called to bring Israel “home” (Exodus 3:8; 6:6-8).

Like the azalea, His name is beautiful.

Psa 135:3  Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant
{נעים ‘naiym’ – beautiful}.

נעים ‘naiym’ means sweet, pleasant or beautiful. נעים  ‘naiym’  is used in reference to the name of God in Psalm 135:3.  Scripture equates His Name with His Word (Revelation 19:13).   God (and His Word which reveals His character) is love (1 John 4:8, 16).  Creation is a reflection of God’s Word and His love.  The beauty found in nature points to His Word/love.

God is the Great Artist, the Maker of all things.  The English word ‘artist’ comes form the Hebrew word יצר ‘yatsar’ which means to create or form, as a potter molding clay.  God is the former of all things (Jeremiah 10:16; 51:19).  He is the source of all beauty (Psalm 27:4; 90:17; 45:2; Zechariah 9:17).

Psa 27:4  One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
Psa 90:17  And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Psa 45:2  Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

Zec 9:17  For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

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Shadows of Messiah – Azaleas

Shadows of Messiah – Daffodils

Shadows of Messiah – Dandelion

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