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Palm sprouted from 2000 year old seed now bears fruit in Israel!


Psalm 92:12-13 says, “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.They shall still bear fruit in old age”.

There is some remarkable news in Israel about a palm tree that has done exactly that! In the 1960s, archaeologists found an ancient jar containing palm seeds that were 2000 years old. They sat in someone’s draw for decades, until in 2005, they were planted, and lo and behold, they sprouted! Astonishingly, a palm tree was successfully grown from these seeds from Biblical times. What is even more amazing is that this year, the male palm tree (named Methuselah, now ten years old) and has successfully pollinated a female palm tree, which has produced dates! This miraculous palm tree really has borne fruit in old age! [1]

There are countless palm trees in every direction in Israel, and there is wonderful Biblical significance to the tree, which we can remember every time we see them, or taste its fruit.

Palm Trees in the Bible

There were seven species of food that God assured his people that they would find in the Promised Land. Listed in order that they are ready to harvest, they are: barley, wheat, grapes, honey, figs, pomegranates and olives. (Deuteronomy 8:8) The “honey” listed here is the date syrup that comes from palm trees, making palms one of the seven species of promise.

It is interesting too that date palm trees are either male or female, and cannot produce fruit without the other. The temple is decorated with multiple pairs of trees, male and female either side of doorways, as if welcoming those who enter. They are also thought to be reminiscent of the Garden of Eden, which the temple was supposed to represent – a way back to paradise and right relationship with God.

There are 32 mentions of the palm tree in the Bible (depending on how you count it) which fall into these categories:

– The leaves were used to celebrate at the Feast of Tabernacles mentioned in Leviticus and Nehemiah

– Palms were used as decoration in Solomon’s temple

– Ezekiel’s description of the third temple includes multiple pairs of palm trees flanking doorways

– the city of Jericho is often referred to as the City of Palms a number of times- a couple of times it is referred to in contrast to the reed – the strong in contrast to the weak

– The woman in Song of Songs is twice likened to a palm tree

– It is used to describe the righteous in Psalm 92

– The leaves are waved in victory and praise, as Jesus entered Jerusalem, and also in the book of Revelation.

Broadly, palm trees represent victory, uprightness and righteousness.

Early church father, Origen, calls the palm the symbol of victory in that war waged by the spirit against the flesh[2], and representations of palm trees featured strongly in early Christian art to symbolise spiritual triumph and heaven.


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