to see whether the vines had budded, whether the [pomegranates] were in bloom. (Song of Sol 6:11)
Thankfully, our Heavenly Father included detailed description and imagery throughout His Word. He communicates to us through parables (as did His Son), and we must be ALERT and pay attention to what the Word of יהוה is communicating to us of the ways of יהוה! While man is in the process of genetically modifying and corrupting creation, the witness of creation continues to bear faithful testimony to the ways of יהוה. Thus, in several instances, the witness of creation exposes the lying pen of the scribes [Jer 8:8]. Whether the lying pen was intentional or unintentional does not matter, what should matter is that we not forget the witness of creation; and, like an impartial judge, we should investigate thoroughly any discrepancies between the witnesses of creation and the pen of the scribes.
In Song of Solomon, the lover vividly describes the eyes of his beloved:
From Book 3, Chapter 6 of The Antiquities of the Jews:
“Over against this table, near the southern wall, was set a candlestick of cast gold, hollow within, being of the weight of one hundred pounds, which the Hebrews call Chinchares, if it be turned into the Greek language, it denotes a talent. It was made with its knops, and lilies, and POMEGRANATES, and bowls (which ornaments amounted to seventy in all); by which means the shaft elevated itself on high from a single base, and spread itself into as many branches as there are planets, including the sun among them.”
Why is This Important?
Additionally, Song of Solomon 5:2-6 describes the beloved who was “sleeping” or NOT being WATCHFUL and ALERT; her Lover came to her door and knocked trying to awaken her - his hair drenched with the dampness of the night; by the time she finally awakened and opened the door, her Lover was gone. May the bride of Messiah - the Righteous Branch - not be like this beloved who was not remaining watchful and alert at the proper time.The parable of the ten virgins echoes this story.
Our awesome Heavenly Father created the almond tree to be the first of the fruit trees to awaken or “resurrect” from it slumber. The very name for the word almond in the Hebrew is associated with being "alert" and "watchful". He mercifully left hints of the season when He brought the children of Israel out of Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm (branch)...the season when the dead and living were/are brought up...a season we were to remember throughout the generations...a season we were to NEVER forget: