Embracing life, abundance and the fruit of the Spirit
The LORD spoke to Moses saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel, (Numbers 13:1)”. This was a direct commandment from Abba to Moses, to send spies from the wilderness of Paran to Canaan. Witnessing the fertility and abundance of God’s Promised Land, pomegranates were among the seven species spies brought back to Moses. A land of Wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey (Deuteronomy 8:8).
Highly esteemed as a symbol of righteousness and fruitfulness, the numerous seeds, or arils, observed in the pomegranate often correspond with each 613 mitzvot or commandments of the Torah. In the Book of Exodus, the Me’il or Robe of the Ephod, a sacred and intricately designed robe of the High Priest is described as having pomegranates embroidered on the hem, “They made pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen around the hem of the robe, (Exodus 39:24)”.
In what would become Jerusalem’s first temple, pomegranates played an intricate part in the design of Jachin and Boaz, the two bronze pillars standing in front of King Solomon’s temple; “So he made the pillars, and two rows of pomegranates above the network all around to cover the capitals that were on top; and thus he did for the other capital” (1 King 7:18). “The capitals on the two pillars also had pomegranates above, by the convex surface which was next to the network; and there were two hundred such pomegranates in rows on each of the capitals all around”(1 King 7:20).
As the “fruit of the spirit”, pomegranates are truly a symbol of life and abundance.
Pomegranate Scripture Reference
A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe all around.
They made on the hem of the robe pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet, and of fine woven linen.
1 Samuel 14:2
And Saul was sitting in the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which is in Migron. The people who werewith him were about six hundred men.
Song of Solomon 4:3
Your lips are like a strand of scarlet, and your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil are like a piece of pomegranate.
Song of Solomon 4:13
Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with pleasant fruits, fragrant henna with spikenard,
Song of Solomon 6:7
Like a piece of pomegranate are your temples behind your veil.
Song of Solomon 6:11
I went down to the garden of nuts to see the verdure of the valley, to see whether the vine had budded and the pomegranates had bloomed.
Song of Solomon 8:2
I would lead you and bring you into the house of my mother, she who used to instruct me. I would cause you to drink of spiced wine, of the juice of my pomegranate.
Song of Solomon 7:12
Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine has budded, whether the grape blossoms are open, and the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love
A capital of bronze was on it; and the height of one capital was five cubits, with a network and pomegranates all around the capital, all of bronze. The second pillar, with pomegranates was the same.
There were ninety-six pomegranates on the sides; all the pomegranates, all around on the network, were one hundred
The vine has dried up, and the fig tree has withered; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree— All the trees of the field are withered; surely joy has withered away from the sons of men.
Is the seed still in the barn? As yet the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not yielded fruit.But from this day I will bless you.’”
Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs.
And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink.”
A land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey;
1 Kings 7:18
So he made the pillars, and two rows of pomegranates above the network all around to cover the capitals that wereon top; and thus he did for the other capital.
1 Kings 7:20
The capitals on the two pillars also had pomegranates above, by the convex surface which was next to the network; and there were two hundred such pomegranates in rows on each of the capitals all around.
1 Kings 7:42
Four hundred pomegranates for the two networks (two rows of pomegranates for each network, to cover the two bowl-shaped capitals that were on top of the pillars)
2 Kings 25:17
The height of one pillar was eighteen cubits, and the capital on it was of bronze. The height of the capital was three cubits, and the network and pomegranates all around the capital were all of bronze. The second pillar was the same, with a network.
2 Chronicles 3:16
He made wreaths of chainwork, as in the inner sanctuary, and put them on top of the pillars; and he made one hundred pomegranates, and put them on the wreaths of chainwork
2 Chronicles 4:13
Four hundred pomegranates for the two networks (two rows of pomegranates for each network, to cover the two bowl-shaped capitals that were on the pillars).