Saturday, March 27, 2010
Ancient Israel was called the land that flowed with milk and honey. The Israelites left Egypt looking for this land and as a result the first Passover celebration was born. From the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea, forests of date palms grew and were cultivated, bringing fame to Jericho for the abundant lush growth of the date palms. Judean dates were famous for their curative properties and it was believed they promoted longevity as well as cured diseases and infection. Ancient coins were inscribed with the date palm as well.
Recent Israeli scientists were able to germinate 2000 year old seeds, and bring the date palm back to life. The reborn plant is now about 12 inches tall and scientists hope to study the DNA of the plant and learn more about this ancient delicacy.
It is very likely that this Judean Date Palm is the variety of palm branch that was used on Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem the week before the Passover and his crucifixion. The people of Jerusalem welcomed the Lord into the city as he rode in on a colt in direct response to the prophecy in the Old Testament. Take time to remember the events of this Holy Season as we lead up to the final days before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is the signal event of our doctrine and the holiest season of the year. Think Jesus!
Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Friday, March 26, 2010
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