Do you feel stagnant, or on empty? Do you want to bloom in YHWH, your Abba Father?
” YHWH spoke to Moshe…take from every ( tribe) a rod…12 rods (branch~tribe)…lay them in the Tabernacle of the congregation before the ( ark of the) testimony where I will meet with you. ( See also Exodus 25:8-40 ) And it shall come to pass, that the man’s rod, whom I shall choose shall blossom: and I will make to cease from before Me the murmurings of the children of Yisrael… “(Numbers 17: 1-5)
“…Moshe laid up the rods…and it came to pass…on the next day…into the Tabernacle of witness…the rod of Aharon for the bayit (house~tribe) of Lewi (Levy) had budded, and brought out buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.” (v.7-8)
A rod is a branch , “matteh”, as extending , from “natah“, to stretch , spread out, cause to yield or bend away, as from the worldly things. When we yield to YHWH, we branch out of the vine (the Netzer-Branch, Yeshua , John 15), with Abba Father as the gardener, and pruner. Moshe carried a rod and extended it in many difficulties (pelah), yielding to miracles, causing the turning of bitter (marrah) into sweet waters.
Almond is shaqed in Hebrew, from shaqad, to not sleep, be alert, on the lookout, and watch.
” …so will I watch (shaqad) over them, to rebuild, and to plant them says YHWH.” (Jeremiah 31:29)
Almonds were beaten in one solid piece of pure gold menorah : 10 cups made like almonds, with knobs and blossoms on 6 branches and shaft ( 7 in all), as per Exodus 25: 31-36.
- Almonds were presented with nuts, spices, myrrh, and a little honey and balm as a gift from Abba Yisrael ( Jacob or Yaakov) by the tribes (~branches) to Yosef in Egypt.
- “The almond tree shall flourish” when “they shall be afraid of that which is high” when “fears shall be in the way” per the Koheleth (the Priest) in Ecclesiates chapter 12:5.
- Early waking almond, rising out of winter’s sleep!
So the almond bloom is the earliest! Be on the alert and on the lookout, sleepless, excited, anticipating and awaiting the Bridegroom the Messiah to return .
Natsar is Hebrew , to guard, protect and maintain. “For there shall be a day, that the called out Netsarim-Notsrim the ones who watch on the Mount Efrayim shall cry, Arise, and let us go up to Tzion to YHWH our Elohim.” (Jeremiah 31:6)
For this says YHWH; Sing with simcha (joy) for Yaakov, and shout among the chief of the nations; publish hallel (praise) saying, YHWH, has saved your people, the remnant of Yisrael. (v.7)
A well known verse in Jeremiah 1 verse 11, is when the word of YHWH came to him, saying ” what do you see?”.
Jeremiah said, ” Master I see a branch of an almond tree.”
YHWH said to him, “You have seen well: for I will hasten My word to perform it.” (v.12)
YHWH ordained young Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu=Yah will rise) as a prophet to the nations and touched his mouth putting forth His hand (v.5 & 9) to give him His words to speak. YHWH set him over kingdoms, to root out, pull down, destroy, throw down, build, and plant. (v. 10)
So can you be that branch blooming early and flourishing for YHWH! You may be beaten into pure gold, refined by the refiner’s fire, but ordained to pull down the strongholds of the enemy, and build and plant seed for the kingdom of YHWH. So bloom almond tree!