Hand Grenades and The Might of Gentleness

Living in Jerusalem, I experienced many new and wonderful things.

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I’m convinced there has to be a rule out there, somewhere, that says you aren’t allowed to travel unless you are willing to describe, at great length and with pictures, the food.  And the food in Jerusalem does not disappoint.  The food is exquisite and perfectly suited for the locale and the climate.  Better still, the natural nutrients contained in the food are not diminished or destroyed by preservatives or chemicals entrenched by ‘modern’ mass production and processing.  Generation upon generation have been nourished by God’s lavish provision – from the land flowing with milk and honey.

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One of my favorite foods is the pomegranate, which is perfect for the season since we just celebrated Rosh Hashanah.  There is a common tradition that one must eat a pomegranate on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, as its abundant seeds symbolize our hopes for the New Year.  In fact, Sephardic Jews recite the prayer “Ken yehi ratzon-may.”

“It be thy will, O Creator, that our year be rich and replete with blessings as the pomegranate rich and replete with seeds.” (http://www.jewishledger.com/2010/09/the-pomegranate-a-rosh-hashanah-symbol/)

pomegranates_1On every street corner, just about, there are attentive vendors with fresh, juicy pomegranates just waiting to be squeezed to order.  This heavenly nectar refreshes parched lips while also invigorating the mind, body and soul.  According to many health experts, pomegranates are a super food with “higher amounts of antioxidants than most other fruit juices, green tea and red wine”, as well as daily consumption will actually reduce the detrimental effects of our less than healthy habits. (HealthCastle.com)

pomegranates_2“Some believe the dull and leathery skinned crimson fruit may have really been the tapuach, apple, of the Garden of Eden. Originating in Persia, the pomegranate is one of the world’s oldest cultivated fruits, having been domesticated around 4000 B.C.E. The Egyptians imported pomegranates from the Holy Land in 1150 B.C.E., and natural pomegranate juice made into spiced wine was a favorite of Hebrews living in Egypt. The word pomegranate means “grained apple.” In Hebrew, it is called Rimon (also the word for a hand grenade!)”.  (http://www.jewishledger.com/2010/09/the-pomegranate-a-rosh-hashanah-symbol/)

Ironically as I cut and paste the above quote and think about, hand grenades, weapons of war, and the current terrorism in the land, my phone is alarming; letting me know that rockets have just been fired on Israel…

In my last post, I wrote a little about the prophet Elijah and Gods epic battle with a false deity.  There is wisdom in this for us today.  Though storms, earthquakes, and fire of life may be God’s precursors, and needed sometimes to prepare His way; gentleness is the habitation of His throne and love will be the victor.

If you are a Follower of Yeshua, please pray for Israel.  Please pray for all the people; pray that they will seek Yeshua, Jesus, the Mashiah, Messiah.

If you haven’t met Yeshua yet and you are looking for inner peace or perhaps hope for your future, Yeshua is the only way.  He is the only truth.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

And only He can bring you the satisfaction of life, that you seek.

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