the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I might be glorified. (Isa 60:21)
(צִיצִת tsı̂ytsith tsee-tseeth')
Feminine of H6731; a floral or wing like projection, that is, a fore lock of hair, a tassel: - fringe, lock.
(צִץ צִיץ tsı̂yts tseets, tsits tseets)
From H6692; properly glistening, that is, a burnished plate; also a flower (as bright colored); a wing (asgleaming in the air): - blossom, flower, plate, wing.
(צוּץ tsûts tsoots)
A primitive root; to twinkle, that is, glance; by analogy to blossom (figuratively flourish): - bloom, blossom, flourish, shew self.
Regarding the cycle of the almond tree, when a blossom is pollinated by a bee, then fruit begins to hastily emerge from the calyx. These firstfruits rapidly or hastily grow over a course of weeks at which time they may be either harvested or left on the tree to mature. The fruits remaining on the tree continue to mature in the heat; through the summer heat, the seed within becomes firm and the flesh withers thus revealing the seed inside...a seed that is either sweet or bitter.
By analogy, when a person’s faith is pollinated with the Word of God, fruit begins to emerge. According to James chapters 1 & 2, the evidence of the fruit is revealed through faith and obedience (works). As the fruit of a person matures through the heat of trials and tribulations, their fleshly desires wither in the heat revealing the seed inside…a seed that is either faithful to the Word of God (sweet) or rebellious to the Word of God (bitter).
The tsitsit were to remind the children of Israel of all the commandments of the LORD, to do them and that He is the LORD their God who brought them out of Egypt. In the words of James, they were to be “doers of the word”, to remain faithful & obedient; this conveys the imagery of branches of almond trees which bear sweet seed. Contrast this with being disobedient or rebellious: “seeking after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring.” In the Hebrew, the word translated as “rebel” comes from H4784 which means to be bitter; this conveys the imagery of branches of almond trees which bear bitter seed.
Why was it important for the children of Israel to remember the commandments? Because the commandments, rulings, and statutes (the way of the LORD) are the basis of righteousness and justice...and to do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice [Pro 21:3]. The LORD delights in these things, for it is written:
Are the commandments of God important for you today? Only if you plan to rule and reign with the Righteous Branch in His kingdom.