1. References to 400 Pomegranates in the Bible

The only references to 400 pomegranates are found in relation to King Solomon who was also an architect. He built  for his palace two intricately designed pillars which featured 400  pomegranates  (1 Kings 7: 43  and  2 Chron 4: 14)

He subsequently reproduced a similar design for the Temple which he built for the worship of  God; although these pillars featured fewer pomegranates (Jer 52: 19 – 23)

King Solomon also compared his wife to an orchard  of pomegranates that bore precious fruits (Solomon 4: 13)

 

2. Most Importantly, God FIRST used Pomegranates as a Symbol of Cleansing, Righteousness, Worship and Favor with God.

He did so by commanding Moses to add pomegranates to the High Priest’s robe. The High Priest wore the robe into the Holy of Holies robe and had a specially made hem of  blue, purple and scarlet pomegranates alternating  with golden bells. The bells served to announce the High Priest’s entry into the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement so that he would not die ((Exodus 28: 33 – 35).. 

God placed very high value on the Pomegranate by linking it with the Yearly Day of Atonement in which the High Priest entered into the Holy of Holies in order to repent and ask  for forgiveness of  the sins of  the nation.  Jesus did so in one sacrifice by offering His sinless blood for our total deliverance from sin, poverty, sickness and any kind of affliction.  The Pomegranate represents the Word of  God and the Cleansing Blood of  Christ.

Parallels

  1. Jesus is the sinless Great High Priest vs  earthly and sinful Jewish High Priest/any priest
  2. Robe of the earthly High  Priest carries the Pomegranate
  3. Jesus is the Tree of  Life – the SUPERFRUIT  that Adam rejected.
  4. Is the Pomegranate one of the Fruits on the Tree  of  Life?

We can link God’s valuing of the pomegranate to its well-known usages and health benefits.  Pomegranates are known as a SUPERFRUIT because it is  not only nutrient-dense and high in antioxidants, but  has the ability to affect cell and molecular structure, and the potential to be beneficial to overall health. Pomegranates  are estimated to have three to seven times as much antioxidant value as green tea and are important to the human body because they help reduce the harmful effects of oxidants, or “free radicals,” and can help repair damage already done to cells  (holistic-nutrition.suite101.com).

Pomegranates are also high in Vitamin C and fiber, and contain the minerals iron, potassium and calcium. Other nutrients include Vitamin A, Vitamin E and folic acid (holistic-nutrition.suite101.com).  They also  provide protection from Alzheimer’s Disease, prostate cancer, reduced cholesterol and blood pressure to name a few (healthdiaries.com).

 

3.  Human Research on the Pomegranate

Research on human subjects reveal that wonderful Pomegranate promotes healthy heart cells, improves blood flow in the heart, is effective against plaque that causes hardening of the arteries and reduces the blood pressure.  Its effectiveness as an anticancer agent is also supported by research http://www.pompills.com/health_benefits/health_research.aspx

3. Other Associations for the Pomegranate

The Jews associated pomegranates with fruitfulness and plenty and Jewish towns were named after the Pomegranate    (Num 13: 23 & 20: 5; Deut 8: 8)

Blessings and have a great day!

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