Spiritual Significance of Pomegranate in the Bible
And [beneath] upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates [of] blue, and [of] purple, and [of] scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about.
â€” Exodus 28:33
Â Highly esteemed by Israelites, the pomegranate was believed to be the â€œoriginal forbidden fruitâ€ in the Garden of Eden.Â It was also one of the seven species brought back by the spies to show how fertile the Promised Land was.Â Carved figures of the pomegranate were principal ornaments adorning stately columns and pillars in Solomonâ€™s temple as well as worn on the High Priests garments symbolizing life.
Â The Hebrew word for â€œpomegranateâ€ is Ramam, which means â€œto rise upâ€ or â€œto be mounted up.â€Â
Â In Song of Solomon 4:3, Solomon describes his brideâ€™s â€œtemples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.â€
Â Solomon uses the pomegranate theme for her temples to show fertility of the mind, where good seed is planted and a harvest is sure.Â Her thoughts are on what is pure, lovely, and of good report.Â She is the true bride, with the mental state that matches the Kingâ€™s.Â Here the Holy Spirit finds a welcome depository for â€œthings that are to come.â€
Â Here the words of Yeshua are quickly brought to mind.Â She has the mind of Christ.
The pomegranate fruit, in relation to our temples, signifies that it is now the â€œfruit of the Spiritâ€ that controls our lives (mounts or raises us up or above) rather than the lust of the flesh.Â The phrase â€œwithin thy locksâ€ shows that she bears spiritual fruit that is veiled and hidden from the world for only the Lord to behold.
Â Some interpreters believe the reference to pomegranates is a symbol of fertility.Â On a holy theme, greater significance might point to the use of the pomegranate as it relates to the skirt of the high priest.Â At the bottom of the high priestâ€™s robe were pomegranates interspersed with bells.Â With every step, the ringing of bells with the symbol for â€œfertility of lifeâ€ bore witness to sight and sound to declare life.Â Life and abundance characterizes the Saviorâ€™s bride.
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