PALM AS SYMBOLS
(John 12:12-13). The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!”
Roman generals would have the populace wave palm branches along the roadside as they proceeded in triumph through the city.
The rich and famous would have slaves fan them with palm fronds as air-conditioning.
A typical sign of salvation in a desert – an oasis surrounded by palm trees
(Numbers 33:9 NKJV) “They moved from Marah and came to Elim. At Elim were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there.”
So you can imagine the sight of the Palm trees swaying in the breeze off in the distance, beckoning to them of water, food, shelter – salvation.
Aside – 70 indicates ‘the nations’ or ‘all people’ eg during feast of Tabernacles 70 bulls sacrificed – sin offering for all the nations that they may be In-gathered. The Septuagint (The Torah translated in Alexandria by 72 scribes (6 x 12 tribes) for the Greek speaking Jews around 300bc, which became the Old Testament of the Gentiles.)
- TABERNACLE / TEMPLE
(Exodus 26:31-36 NKJV) “You shall make a veil woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen. It shall be woven with an artistic design of cherubim. “You shall hang it upon the four pillars of acacia wood overlaid with gold. Their hooks shall be gold, upon four sockets of silver. “And you shall hang the veil from the clasps. Then you shall bring the ark of the Testimony in there, behind the veil. The veil shall be a divider for you between the holy place and the Most Holy. “You shall put the mercy seat upon the ark of the Testimony in the Most Holy. “You shall set the table outside the veil, and the lampstand across from the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south; and you shall put the table on the north side. “You shall make a screen for the door of the tabernacle, woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, made by a weaver.
(1 Kings 6:31-35 NKJV) For the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors of olive wood; the lintel and doorposts were one-fifth of the wall. The two doors were of olive wood; and he carved on them figures of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold; and he spread gold on the cherubim and on the palm trees. So for the door of the sanctuary he also made doorposts of olive wood, one-fourth of the wall. And the two doors were of cypress wood; two panels comprised one folding door, and two panels comprised the other folding door. Then he carved cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers on them, and overlaid them with gold applied evenly on the carved work.
(Ezek 41:18-26) And it (the sanctuary in the New Jerusalem temple) was made with cherubim and palm trees, a palm tree between cherub and cherub. Each cherub had two faces, so that the face of a man was toward a palm tree on one side, and the face of a young lion toward a palm tree on the other side; thus it was made throughout the temple all around. From the floor to the space above the door, and on the wall of the sanctuary, cherubim and palm trees were carved. The doorposts of the temple were square, as was the front of the sanctuary; their appearance was similar. The altar was of wood, three cubits high, and its length two cubits. Its corners, its length, and its sides were of wood; and he said to me, “This is the table that is before the LORD.” The temple and the sanctuary had two doors. The doors had two panels apiece, two folding panels: two panels for one door and two panels for the other door. Cherubim and palm trees were carved on the doors of the temple just as they were carved on the walls. A wooden canopy was on the front of the vestibule outside. There were beveled window frames and palm trees on one side and on the other, on the sides of the vestibule—also on the side chambers of the temple and on the canopies.
Please Note: the curtains of the Tabernacle were WOVEN – they were not an afterthought, but an integral part of the whole.
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