Have You Tasted God’s Love?
What is graced with a crown, has seeds to number the Old Testament laws and brings rhythm to your heart?
If you guessed pomegranate – you are correct.
Rich in symbolism while delivering an antidote for life, pomegranates bring the taste of God’s love in three ways:
Because of the pomegranate’s color and shape, it was considered the most beautiful fruit of the land in Israel. It was stitched to hang from the hem of the High priest robe alternating with gold bells; it was carved into the capitals of the pillars that stood outside the doors of the Holy of Holies in Solomon’s Temple. It is believed to have 613 seeds in each fruit – the same number as the laws in the Old Testament.
When I researched this there was one food historian who did a study and gathered pomegranates from all over the world, counted their seeds and even though they varied in number they averaged 613. God’s laws were written to show us His love.
God’s love was witnessed by the early patriarchs and also by those living in Jesus’ day. This love is exemplified in the pomegranate. Imagine holding a pomegranate in your hand with the crown of the fruit facing you while reading this verse:
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. Isaiah 62:3
God’s love was shown to us when He sent His son Jesus. The pomegranate represents Jesus- Jesus is our High Priest.
The pomegranate will release its seeds when beaten with a wooden stick. Jesus was beaten and placed on a wooden cross.
As the seeds drop from the pomegranate in a deep red color and bring healing to everyone who eats them, Jesus blood was shed for us and brings healing spiritually to everyone who believes.
For us today pomegranates deliver not just beauty and artwork but are a superfood in their own category.
Drinking a glass of pomegranate juice a day can help to protect against three major diseases: heart disease, cancer, and osteoarthritis. Studies show a medium glass of juice contains almost three times as many antioxidants as the same amount of red wine or green tea.
The seeds of the pomegranate deliver a rich fiber that balances blood sugar, creates satiety and prevents insulin resistance.
The juice of the seed brings a healthy glow to the skin keeping it youthful and protected at the same time. It is known for correcting eye problems and prevents the buildup of plaque on teeth.
Just as the priest goes into the holy of holies for spiritual cleansing the seed brings a physical cleansing with antioxidants, ellagic acid, fiber and vitamins B (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, folic acid, and biotin), C, E, Beta-carotene, calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and zinc.
This physical cleansing benefit is representative of our spiritual cleansing available to us daily as well. A flavorful taste of God’s love.
Add pomegranate seeds to a salad of walnuts, goat cheese, and spinach, using a light honey-based dressing.
Sprinkle the seeds on your morning oatmeal or cereal.
Stir the seeds into your orange juice or tea for a tangy taste.
Or just eat them as a treat by themselves.
The Taste of God’s Love
God’s love is delivered to us in all of the foods He designed. Discoveries will continue as these foods are studied. But the good news is, we don’t need science to prove God’s love; we can experience it physically every day by enjoying these foods in their whole form.
We can experience God’s love spiritually every day by studying His Word.
And just as His foods bring healing and protection to our body His love brings healing and protection to our heart.
So enjoy some pomegranates today and let your heart experience God’s love right now.
Annette Reeder is a Nutritionist and graduate of Biblical Studies, and as such is a uniquely qualified professional speaker and consultant. She founded Designed Healthy Living, Design Publishing and now Flavor of Grace Ministry.
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