My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Remember the Pomegranate!
He also made two pillars for the front of the house, thirty-five cubits high, and the capital on the top of each was five cubits.
(2 Chronicles 3:15 NASB)
He made chains in the inner sanctuary and placed them on the tops of the pillars; and he made one hundred pomegranates and placed them on the chains.
(2 Chronicles 3:16 NASB)
The pomegranate appears several times in the old testament and its
placement is interesting. Why include pomegranates hanging off the hem
of a priests garment and now, while building the temple, why are there
pomegranates as a part of the decoration?
One of my favorite places in all the world is Armenia and I have
been privileged to visit there on numerous occasions. I've always been
curious about their attraction to the pomegranate. While there I am
often served pomegranate, we drink pomegranate juice and the pomegranate
is found decorating everything from china to fabrics. I was told that
the pomegranate is a symbol of Armenia.
Because of the attention given to the pomegranate in Armenia, it
strikes me every time I read it in the Bible. The Armenian people have
such strong Christian and religious roots that their connections seem
fascinating. Therefore I wanted to know why the pomegranate continues
to appear in the Bible. It seems that there are several different
theories. One is that the pomegranate is actually the fruit of which
Adam and Eve eat in the Garden of Eden. Considering the fact that my
Armenian friends are constantly reminding me that the Garden of Eden was
in Armenia, this would be an interesting thought. Therefore, the
pomegranate would be a symbol of the fall of mankind. Interestingly the
word pomegranate from the Latin which means "seeded apple." In our
ethnocentrism we have often made that apple a "red delicious" from the
state of Washington found right there in the Garden! But wouldn't it
make sense that it was a bright red "seeded apple" -- the pomegranate --
which is still found in that part of the world to this day! Therefore
the pomegranate can serve as a reminder that mankind is in need of God.
Legend also tells us that when the Israeli spies went and checked out
the land of Canaan they brought back with them all different kinds of
produce from that land, and it included pomegranates. Now the fruit
takes on an additional meaning. Not only is it a reminder that humanity
needs God, but that God will provide. The land is full of God's
promises, if only his chosen people will move forward in faith. Sadly
they do not and that generation has to die off before they can enter the
promised land and feast on the wonderful pomegranates.
Therefore the pomegranates in the Temple are a constant reminder to
God's people. They are a reminder that they must continually turn
toward God. They had turned away from him in disobedience in the
Garden. They must seek the face of God on a daily basis. Also, as they
feast upon the fruit they are reminded that it is God who has provided
for them. God has brought the victories and the peace. God will
continue to provide for them in the days to come.
We don't often fill our churches with symbolism these days. Maybe
we're missing out on something! Maybe we need to have reminders around
us, in the very ordinary things of life, that God has always been with
us and has been faithful. Next time you go to the grocery story -
remember the pomegranate; and remember there is a loving and faithful
God who continues to reach out to all of humanity.
Lord, thank you for your faithfulness day in and day out!