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by Wayne Blank
"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."
"the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys" (Song of Solomon 2:1 KJV)
The seasonal flowering of the vineyards and orchards were just as magnificent.
"flower as the olive" (Job 15:33 KJV)
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?