Almonds in the service of God

Exodus Bible Background

01.31.2017 – Old Testament: Exo 25.34–36

To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 25–26 on January 31, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Bible mentions almonds or the almond tree several times, all in the Old Testament. Jacob used them when he bred sheep, Jacob had his sons take some down to Egypt as a gift, the Lord caused Aaron’s rod (an almond branch) to bud, Solomon referred to the gray -haired as being like the almond tree in blossom, and the Lord showed an almond branch in a vision to Jeremiah. (See Gen 30.37; 43.11; Num 17.8; Ecc 12.5; Jer 1.11.)

The Lord also wanted almond representations used in the tabernacle on the lampstand,

On the lampstand itself four bowls shall be made like almond blossoms, each with its ornamental knob and flower. And there shall be a knob under the first two branches of the same, a knob under the second two branches of the same, and a knob under the third two branches of the same, according to the six branches that extend from the lampstand. Their knobs and their branches shall be of one piece; all of it shall be one hammered piece of pure gold (Exodus 25.34–36). 

The Lord likes almonds and He likes their flowers. Truly, He likes all of His creation, but not everything was represented in the tabernacle.

By the way, try roasting almonds at a low temperature (175–200 degrees), for a couple of hours. That brings out their taste in a delightful way, and it makes the crunchy.

Questions:

  • Do you like almonds?
  • Have you seen an almond tree in blossom?

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