I wanted to post this “word study” on flower today. I find it fitting as tonight begins the minor Jewish Spring holiday of Tu Bishvat. The focus of this Jewish holiday includes ecology projects, tree planting, family activities and a mini-Seder.
The word flower(s) and its blossoms and blooms can be found in Scripture in these Hebrew words.
H6525 פּרח perach peh’-rakh From H6524; calyx (natural or artificial); generally bloom: – blossom, bud, flower.
H6524 פּרח pa^rach paw-rakh’ A primitive root; to break forth as a bud, that is, bloom; generally to spread; specifically to fly (as extending the wings); figuratively to flourish: – X abroad, X abundantly, blossom, break forth (out), bud, flourish, make fly, grow, spread, spring (up).
H5328 נצּה nitstsa^h nits-tsaw’ Feminine of H5322; a blossom: – flower.
H5322 נץ ne^ts nayts From H5340; a flower (from its brilliancy); also a hawk (from its flashing speed): – blossom, hawk.
H5340 נצץ na^tsats naw-tsats’ A primitive root; to glare, that is, be bright colored: – sparkle.
H6733 ציצה tsı^ytsa^h tsee-tsaw’ Feminine of H6731; a flower: – flower.
H6731 צץ ציץ tsı^yts tsits tseets, tseets From H6692; properly glistening, that is, a burnished plate; also a flower (as bright colored); a wing (as gleaming in the air): – blossom, flower, plate, wing.
H6692 צוּץ tsu^ts tsoots A primitive root; to twinkle, that is, glance; by analogy to blossom (figuratively flourish): – bloom, blossom, flourish, shew self.
We also have a related word that I’m including in this study as it pertains to flourishing and glistening.
H6692צוּץ tsu^ts tsoots A primitive root; to twinkle, that is, glance; by analogy to blossom (figuratively flourish): – bloom, blossom, flourish, shew self.
As we study “flowers, buds, blossoms, calyxes” we learn that we can “glisten, shine and sparkle”. As the Lord described to Moses how to construct the menorah He was explicit that the branches have buds and blossoms. We also find that the flowers of our lives are flourishing and glistening. On the other hand we are often reminded that our life fades like a flower or the grass; so “flower” while you are alive. 🙂
A few other interesting thoughts that I would like to point out in this study is that the tzit-tzit (fringes on the tallit) worn by Jewish people is found in the word “flower”. The wearing of the tzit-tzitz it also a reminder to obey all that He has commanded you (us) to do this day. To top it off the Lord uses the expression of flower in the final adornment of Aaron’s garments. The gold plate is attached to his tiara (the linen turban) and engraved with “Holiness unto the Lord” ; this also is “tzit-tzit”. Let this be a reminder that as priests of the Lord that our thoughts be sealed with “flowers”.
The cover of my Precious Oils Study book is a picture of a palm tree that I took in En Gedi, Israel a few years ago. I chose the following Scripture to correspond with it.
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. Psalm 92:12 & 13
Here we find the word flourish. It suggests that we should “break forth like a bud in the court yard of our God”. I love courtyards. Today I got a little insight why most of the courtyards that I have ever sat in had an abundance of roses and other flowers. They are always a delightful break from the day. Oh my, aren’t we ready for some time in the courtyard with our Beloved to share the beauty of the fragrances of the flowers as they bud, bloom and blossom?
Writing a blog isn’t supposed to be like writing a book; the experts tell us to “keep your blog short”; something I am finding hard to do today. But, please bear with me just a little longer. I must finish this teaching with another thought for the Fragrant Bride of Yeshua. Many years ago I tagged her as “A Watchman, an Intercessor and a Refined Woman”. As I found time to write this blog I linked the Watchman portion of her life to the following Scripture that, my Friend, I’m calling “flower of all flowers”.
And the LORD spoke 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 shall 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 shall lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation 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 spoke unto the children of Israel, 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; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod. And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron’s rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shall quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not. And Moses did so: as the LORD commanded him, so did he. And the children of Israel spoke unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish. Whosoever comes any thing near unto the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?
Numbers 17:1-13 KJV
In Numbers 17:8 we find three of the four Hebrew words that I am highlighting for this study can be found.
And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, (paw-rakh) and brought forth buds, (peh’-rakh) and bloomed blossoms (tsoots and tseets, tseets) and yielded almonds.
Almonds? Yes almonds and with great significance both in the Hebrew word and the nature of the plant.
The almond tree is the earliest tree to bloom in the spring; its flowers come before its leaves. The almond flowers resemble small roses and are white to pink in color. The word in Hebrew is שׁקד sha^qe^d shaw-kade’. It is the Strong’s word H8247 with the root word H8245 שׁקד sha^qe^d shaw-kad’. The root word definition says to be alert, that is, sleepless; hence to be on the lookout (whether for good or ill): – hasten, remain, wake, watch (for). Almond trees have been known to continue to flower even when a storm come in the early spring. Sweet Almond oil is a favorite carrier oil used in aromatherapy, skin care and massage oils. In the Middle East you will find green almonds at the farmer’s markets. The green almond has fuzzy skin and a white, soft kernel inside. It is eaten as a fresh fruit as a spring celebration.
When we look at Aaron’s rod it had buds, blossoms and FRUIT! The fact of his rod having all three on one rod was a miracle. It also is something that as a Priest in the Kingdom of God we have for our example. The beginning of our ministries is a time to bud; the middle is to blossom and the end of should it bring forth good works (fruit). Selah.
In the world of aromatherapy many believe that the exotic flower of ylang ylang, to be the “flower of all flowers”. Ylang ylang is a strong and intoxicating aroma where too much can be overwhelming. The fragrant qualities of this intensely sweet flower is often associated with weddings and honeymoons thus its title of “flower of flowers“.
Today I want to change the term “flower of all flowers” to the almond. The Fragrant Bride can be being likened to an almond blossom; alert and ready. Even the shape of the almond indicates watchfulness; thus I am suggesting that the almond be the “Flower of all Flowers“.
And with that thought I’ll close this blog and encourage you to bud, bloom, flower and bring forth good fruit as a Watchman in the Garden of God.
Look for Part Two of “Flowers” Soon!
Apothecary Cynthia Hillson
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