|At this farm side stand, there was a bucket with plum blossom branches,||and a can for coins|
Come, my beloved, let us go out into the field. Let us go out early to the vineyards, --Let us go down to see if the vine have budded, if their blossoms have opened, Song of Songs, from verses 7~13
On my way home I took a new route, my friend drew me a little pencil line map for how to get to the train station.
The route even looked like a branch on a tree.
And on my home then what did I see?
You guessed it! A branch, well more like branches for the taking.
I knew this scenario was of the LORD's making.
There by the branches was a little tin can,
to put in a coin though there was no woman or man,
just the box there and someone who trusts.
So I put in some coins picked up a few branches and set out on my way.
If anyone saw me, they would see that I was holding a flowering branch on that day!!
And the rest I will write as a post for today!
So that is my introduction.
Its a "Tu B'Shevat" Story in the making, or a prelude to a Tu B'Shevat story!
I must say I like this story very much!
I have an affinity for sure for flowering branches, and have written about them and even made a flowering "branch" challah for two years in a row, this year will be third.
God gives His gift of fruit and flowering blossoms and branches in this season.
The branch is from a yellow plum tree. In Japanese, Ro-bai.
Its supposedly the most early blossoming plum tree, but actually the white ume, the plum tree near us, blossomed similarly early, so I don't really know which one came first.
I think of the branch and the flowering staff of Aaron that we will read about later in the book of Exodus.
I think of the golden menorah with the blossoms and bulbous designs.
I think of the branch I received last year at this time that flowered in my home and in my heart.
I think of the Messiah who would come from the root of Jesse. So perfectly in Hebrew does His name, Yeshua, come from Yeshi.
A branch will sprout from the route of Jesse.
The holiday of Tu B'shevat is coming up next week. It is the New Year for fruit trees on the Hebrew calendar and celebrated in Israel in the 15th of the month of Shevat (that is the meaning of Tu b'Shevat). I 've written about it on my blog since finding out about this day ,three years ago.
The sap from the earth is starting to come up and pulse through the roots and up into the branches bringing new life into what look all winter like dead trees. It is a season of new life.
Spring is in the ground before it is in the air!
And it is in the readings in the book of Exodus this week, as God gives the children of Israel the commandment to sanctify the first month and the head of every month therein. He tells that this will be the first month of spring. And that on the 14th of the month will be their delivarance. The commandment to slaughter the Passover lamb is given just before the tenth plague is carried out. All that is speaking of the first month of Nissan. Though we read it now in the 11th month of Shevat. In Shevat we can prepare out hearts for the first month, the month of spring. And look to God's time for He is beyond time, but He commands the time and the times!
Now the LORD had said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt; This month shall mark for you the beginning of the months; it shall be the first of the months of the year for you.
All that from a branch on a roadside? someone might ask?
There is so much more, its just the beginning of the month of Shevat!
|behind the branch of the yellow plum blossom, you can see the plum tree near me|
But we know that the gardener is certainly He!!
Much Love, Shabbat Shalom!
* Shevat is the eleventh month of the Hebrew calendar, so this time of the New Year for trees is a harbinger of the Spring, which starts as the month of Nissan, and the 14th of Nissan is Passover. The day planned from the beginning of time which would be the day the Jewish people were set free and the day that the rest of the world would be set free through the death of Messiah Yeshua, which was exactly the same day, Nissan 14 , and His resurrection three days after that. Our God is beyond time and space, and yet He commands time and space, defines it by His making, and sanctifies it by His Word.