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Almond Blossoms original watercolor painting.  I became recently aware of the almond blossom in relation to the description God gave them in creating the ark of the covenant (Exodus 25).  The blossoms are used as the branches in the lamp stand, and decorate the ark with gold petals as well.   I wondered,  what is the symbolism?--- and so I googled.  I found this wonderful description in this site. which I quoted part of below.     Moses staff was a branch of an almond tree, which did bud and blossom (Numbers 17). 

"In the Hebrew language, name for almond tree is shâqêd (Strong, 2010). The primary root of shâqêd is shâqad which means to be watchful, alert, on the lookout, and sleepless. Almond buds and blossoms were placed on the Lampstand where the lamps burned during the night to symbolize two things: first, the constant watchfulness of God over His people and second the need for Israel to be alert to the commandments of God."


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