28. You are victorious (1)

Last week we had a look at the Cherubim carvings on the panels of the carts carrying the water basins. Today we will look at another carving that is on the carts:

"And on the top of the cart, its flanges and its panels were of the same casting. On the plates of its flanges and on its panels he engraved cherubim, lions, and palm trees, wherever there was a clear space on each, with wreaths all around." 1 Kings 7:35, 36

Okay, so the cherubim and lions we have covered in recent weeks. So today, let us have a look at the significance of the palm tree engraving and what it means to us today.

Palm trees are mentioned throughout the Bible. First of all it represents an oasis in the desert. God provided for the Israelites in their difficult time in the desert. They were desperately thirsty and the Lord provided for them:

"Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters." Exodus 15:27.

Palm trees were therefore seen as a symbol of God's provision. This was also depicted by the palm leaves that were used during the Festival of Shelters, to build shelters for them in order to remember God's victory in saving them from the Egyptians (Leviticus 23:40). Interestingly Jericho, the Israelites first victory in the Promised Land was called the city of palms (Deuteronomy 34:3), again illustrating God's provision in bringing about their victory. It was all Him, they simply had to be obedient.

Then looking at the New Testament we see the crowds waving palm branches when Jesus entered into Jerusalem rejoicing in their King - John 12:12-15. This day became known as Palm Sunday where we celebrate Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem and His victory over sin and reclaiming salvation for us all.

In the book of Revelation we also see saints waving palm branches:

"After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" Revelation 7:9, 10

Again people exalt Jesus and bring glory to Him waving palm branches. Thus the palm trees remind us of God's victory and God's provision. God wants us to remember His victory and give everything over to Him in our lives. We need to trust Him for provision and for victory so that we can flourish. Psalm 92:12 compares us to palm trees:

"The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree."

Allow God to provide for you, be obedient and follow Him, regardless of circumstances. Do not look at the desert all around, but rather look UP and see the provision coming your way. Then rejoice in His victory brought for you. Wave your proverbial palm branch; give all glory to Him, our Savior and King! Then see how you flourish. Not because you are great, but because of what Jesus has done for you. He has opened up the way to true life. Grab it by the horns and live life fully. Do not regret anything in your life. Walk side by side with Him and see how things change whilst doing your victory dance alongside Him. Lift your palm branch up high and give glory to Him.

Father we praise You. You are our Provider, You are our victory, You are our Leader and we want to follow You day and night. You are so wonderful and amazing. We love You. Amen



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