A few weeks ago our children discovered the wonder of a pomegranate. It was a neat lesson for them, but truly, I had not thought much about it since, until early this morning while reading scripture.
Did you know that the hem of the priest’s garment was described in Exodus? It is described as a pattern of “a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about.” (Exodus 28:34)
A bell, a pomegranate, a bell, a pomegranate, this uneding pattern about the hem of the garmet.
The hem of the garment…
Reminded me of another story in the Bible, the story of a woman who had an issue of blood, who broke through the crowds, touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and was made well. (Matthew 9: 20-22)
Wide eyed this morning, my heart fixed on this:
There is a way to “stop the bleeding.”
The pattern was laid out long ago in pomegranates and bells.
Pomegranates– fruit filled with seed, extremely time consuming to eat, as each little seed needs taken out and meticulously sucked on to savor the juice of the pomegranate. Delicious and meticulous, that is the pomegranate- and incredibly similar to this: the Word of God. In fact, Jesus said the Word of God is seed. (Luke 8:11)
Golden Bells– the sound of pure joy, the sound of pure praise.
His Word, Praise, His Word, Praise…
This unending pattern…
This royal hem that can still be touched.
What is your issue today?
Break through the crowds, draw close to God, take hold of His Word, pick it apart little by little, savor and receive into your spirit every promise. Let your heart ring his praise.
This is what stops the bleeding.
May you touch the hem of his garment today.