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Flowers

Flowers were abundant in the land of Israel, although the people of Bible History, who were closer to "nature" than much of humanity is today, tended, from what has been recorded, to enjoy the flowering of their orchards and vineyards as much as other merely decorative flowering plants. The flowers were just as fragrant and beautiful (e.g. "see whether the vines have budded, whether the grape blossoms have opened and the pomegranates are in bloom," Song of Solomon 7:12 RSV) and unlike mere "show" flowers, "when the blossom is over, the flower becomes a ripening grape" (Isaiah 18:5 RSV)

"Consider the lilies of the field"

That is not to say that plants such as the rose or lily were not also admired. Jesus Christ Himself appreciated and spoke of them, such as the included example below in which He said, "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow."

Flowers

"the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys" (Song of Solomon 2:1 KJV)

"like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly" (Isaiah 35:1-2 RSV)

"blossom as the rose" (Isaiah 35:1 KJV)

"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these" (Matthew 6:28-29 KJV)

The seasonal flowering of the vineyards and orchards were just as magnificent.

"flower as the olive" (Job 15:33 KJV)

"almond tree blossoms" (Ecclesiastes 12:5 RSV)

"henna blossoms in the vineyards" (Song of Solomon 1:14 RSV)

"our vineyards are in blossom" (Song of Solomon 2:15 RSV)

"see whether the vines have budded, whether the grape blossoms have opened and the pomegranates are in bloom" (Song of Solomon 7:12 RSV)

"they shall blossom as the vine, their fragrance shall be like the wine of Lebanon." (Hosea 14:7 RSV)

The interior of The Tabernacle In The Wilderness, and later, the Temple in Jerusalem (see Temples), and their articles, were highly decorated. The King James use of "candlestick" is actually an anachronism; candlesticks were used in 1611 England when the King James was written, but the ancient Israelites actually used oil lamps, not candles. In this example, the bowls that held the oil were carved in the shape of almond flowers (the illustration shows almond flowers and the fruit that the flowers ripen into).

"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." (Exodus 25:31-34 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) Did The Lord cause Aaron's rod to miraculously blossom with almond flowers? (b) Where is that blossomed rod today?
(a) Numbers 17:8
(b) Hebrews 9:4; see also Raiders Of The Lost Ark


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