Have you ever seen an almond blossom? If not, you are right where we were early 2019.
When we started looking for edible plant species in the Bible we came across the story of Aaron and the blooming almond stick in Numbers 17.
Here’s a snippet.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and get from them a rod from each father’s house, all their leaders according to their fathers’ houses—twelve rods. Write each man’s name on his rod. 3 And you shall write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi. For there shall be one rod for the head of each father’s house. 4 Then you shall place them in the tabernacle of meeting before the Testimony, where I meet with you. 5 And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom; thus I will rid Myself of the complaints of the children of Israel, which they make against you.”
6 So Moses spoke to the children of Israel, and each of their leaders gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers’ houses, twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. 7 And Moses placed the rods before the Lordin the tabernacle of witness.
8 Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds. 9 Then Moses brought out all the rods from before the Lord to all the children of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod.Numbers 17: 2-9
We loved the imagery of God showing His favor by causing blossoms to develop on the stick. But not just blossoms, but ripe almonds!
When our artist Fred Mpuuga sent over the first rendition of the blooming almond blossoms we were blown away. It was a mic drop moment where we both said, “no changes”
Like let’s not even have a discussion about the gorgeousness of the seed, the bud, the bloom, the bearing fruit… All in this language of vintage botanical paintings.
The cover image has been composed of some elements from the original painting. The original, complete Almond blossom botanical painting is Plate No. 3 Almonds in the Edible Abundance Artist Series.
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