Almond staff in the ark of the covenant

Three items from the period of the wilderness (desert) wandering of the children of Israel were considered significant enough to be included in the ark of the covenant.

Behind the second curtain was a second section called the Most Holy Place, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant. Above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. (Hebrews 9:3-5 ESV)

The picture below, made at the model of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, shows a replica of the Ark of the Covenant with the contents mentioned by the writer of Hebrews. For more information about the model read here.

Replica of Ark of Covenant showing contents. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Replica of the Ark of the Covenant showing contents. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

At Jerash in Jordan, young boys were selling small bags of green almonds. Not my preference, but apparently there is a market for them. “Jordan almonds” are famous for use at weddings. The fresh almond is bittersweet in taste, but the sugar coating adds sweetness. The “Jordan almonds” are still “Jordan almonds” even when they come from California!

Green almonds at Jerash, Jordan. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Green almonds at Jerash, Jordan. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Jerash is thought to be the site of Gerasa, one of the cities of the Decapolis (Matthew 4:25). Perhaps it is the city belonging to the country of the Gerasenes (Mark 5:1; Luke 8:26,37).

5 responses to “Almond staff in the ark of the covenant

  1. Do you think Aaron’s rod’s sprouting indicated his ability to keep and follow the meticulous directions for keeping a tree cutting alive while traveling? This would have shown his natural ability to keep and teach a complex set of rules. i acknowledge the miraculous nature of the events following , but wonder if his steadfastness to keep a spark of life in an apparently dead cutting when everyone else had probably given up on their dead stick was an element in Aaron’s selection process. i believe the word scion will allow for walking stick(usual translation) as well an agricultural cutting. i vaguely recall a description of the process of wrapping many layers around moist moss to keep cuttings alive, possibly in one of J Michener’s works.
    many thanks for any help.

  2. cannabis (not cannibus) isn’t mentioned at all in the Bible. See Ralph the Sacred River for a detailed explanation. For those who can read Dutch see my article here

  3. The references I cited all use the Hebrew word shaqed. This included the text of Numbers 17:8. I have on my desktop Brown, Driver, and Briggs, Holladay, and Keil and Delitzsch, as well as numerous dictionaries and encyclopedias. All of these sources say that shaqed means “awake” and is the word used to describe the Almond tree because it is the first to bloom. Luz is used in Genesis 43:11.
    You can get a free blog at WordPress and teach as you wish, but you need to cite reliable sources for what you say.

  4. Aaron’s rod is not from an almond tree, it is a female cannibus. Just try for a moment and do a little research in the Hebrew text and prove me wrong. Or better yet, just delete me and maybe the truth can be hidden for many more years to come.

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