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Almonds

Almond trees originated in the Middle East and were well-known to the people of Israel. Very much resembling the peach tree, to which it is related, the almond tree has early blossoms that are quite beautiful - so much so that The Lord had the lampstands, or "candlesticks" as the King James Version translates them, decorated with oil bowls in the shape of almond blossoms. Aaron's rod, that was used for various miracles, including defeating Pharaoh's wizards (Exodus 7:12, see also Jannes and Jambres), was made from a branch of an almond tree.

Almonds

Almonds Almonds were known to the people of Israel very early in Bible History. Almonds were included as a gift from Jacob/Israel to the Prime Minister of Egypt, who was, unknown to Jacob, Jacob's own long-lost son Joseph (see Coat Of Many Colors):

"And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds" (Genesis 43:11 KJV)

The lampstand (which is the correct translation - candlesticks were well-known to the King James Version translators in 1611 England, but candles were unknown to the people of ancient Israel) had ornate oil bowls in the shape of almond blossoms:

"And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick."

"And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick. Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold." (Exodus 25:31-36 KJV)

Aaron's rod was made of an almond branch; when others challenged Aaron's God-given authority, yet another miraculous sign was done with it:

"And The Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man's name upon his rod. And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers. And thou shalt lay them up in the Tabernacle of the congregation [see also The Tabernacle In The Wilderness] before the testimony, where I will meet with you. And it shall come to pass, that the man's rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you."

"And Moses spake unto the children of Israel [see Children of Jacob], and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers' houses, even twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. And Moses laid up the rods before The Lord in the tabernacle of witness."

"And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the Tabernacle of witness [see also Why Did They Face East?]; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds." (Numbers 17:1-8 KJV)

Fact Finder: Aaron was a Levite. What were the responsibilities given to each of the divisions of the Levites?
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