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Bohdi Tree courtesy of Nagytibi  with Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0

Bohdi Tree is a sacred fig with heart shaped leaves. Three religions claim it Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. Many meditate around the tree to get in touch with their spirituality.  Themes of this run in my novel “The Grand New Delhi Escapade” and my second novel set in Hyderabad. As humans we need symbols to reach our spiritual self. The caution becomes not to make the symbol the GOD or gods (as India says). As stated in the first blog on trees Christians harp on the tree in the Garden of Eden. We seem stuck there. Maybe because as women we repeatedly each generation repeat the sin of Eve over and over again. I catch my self doing that and I hate myself for it every time since it started the process of humans to be out casts from paradise. That sin has never gone away or been solved. it plays out in our relationships  and our self images. More trees of spiritual significance exist besides those two trees named. Since we can not go back and undo Eve’s sin just maybe we can move forward to some of the other trees. We may find the beginning path of redemption there.

Jeremiah and Almonds

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Via Wikimedia by Daniel Schwen

Jeremiah became known as the weeping prophet. He asked questions and then he lamented. Jeremiah lamented a lot since people sinned a lot. Born in a priestly family he gets chosen for prophet hood and the trouble began. He goes around pointing out the truth. People rarely want the truth. They often want the lie like Eve did. Eventually the lie lines up with other lies and builds an infrastructure of destruction that tumbles nearly everything good into chaos. The worse thing it does is burns out and uses up good people who care. During Jeremiah’s time and prophecy that is what happened. The lies all caught up to the institutions and everything fell apart. You cannot fix a lie. You get rid of it.

In the first chapter of Jeremiah, he and God known as the Eternal have a chat. Jermiah 1:11-13

The Word of the Eternal came to me.

Eternal:What do you see, Jeremiah?

Jeremiah: I see the branch of an almond tree.

Eternal: That’s right. From this know that I am watching over My Word until it is accomplished.

Why are Almond Branches so Important to God

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Via Wikipedia by Jonathan Cardy

First off in the original language of Hebrew this set of verses has a word play going on. The word “almond” and “watching” are similar in Hebrew. Here the almond becomes a symbol for watching. Aaron’s rod in Numbers 17:8 had almond blossoms and it resurrected the priest of God. Parts of the candlestick for the ark of the covenant were made of almond by Moses. Almond trees symbolize awakening and spring. The Lord is letting Jeremiah know that He has spoken and will be the one guiding the application and accomplishment of what HE has spoken.

 

Jewish Symbolism

This is before Christianity so put your Jewish mind on. Almonds are eaten on Tu B’shevat which is the holiday that marks the new year for trees. The trees represent tithes. Later in Deuteronomy 20:19 trees represent a man in the field.

Conclusion

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Via Wikipedia  by Evan Amos

No specific New Testament verse says almond tree or almonds. You could speculate that the fruit on the tree in Revelation may be almonds. Almonds have spiritual significance and are associated with priests. Meditation under an almond tree is acceptable.  The next time you eat the candy “Almond Joy” know you are participating in a Jewish tradition.