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Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types

Palm

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(the hand)

1 Samuel 5:4 (c) Apparently the Lord would teach us by this figure that when GOD's presence is realized, the power of idolatry is broken. (See also2Ki 9:35).

Isaiah 49:16 (b) In this beautiful way we are reminded of GOD's constant thoughtfulness, remembrance, work and ministry for His children. The palm is toward the face. In all the work that He does, His own people are constantly in His mind, and the objects of His care. The graving on the hands was done by the nails of Calvary.

Daniel 10:10 (c) In this passage we are probably being told that the touch of GOD upon the life, the ministry of the Spirit to the soul leads to an attitude of devotion, reverence and prayer.

(tree)

Exodus 15:27 (c) The seventy trees probably represent the seventy descendants of Jacob who came with Jacob into Egypt ( Genesis 46:27). It is typical of their life of separation and of their prosperity in the midst of opposition of every kind. These trees were in association with the twelve wells of water, and this is to teach us that the Word of GOD and the Spirit of GOD will sustain the people of GOD on their journey to their Homeland.

1 Kings 6:29 (b) This tree is usually a type of the individual Christian life. The tree grows in the desert in very unhappy surroundings and unfavorable conditions. This is true of most true Christians. The tree sends its roots down quite a long way to find an underground supply of water. By means of this it flourishes in the desert. In the same way the believer obtains his source of supply from the Holy Spirit who is the Living Water so that he too can flourish as a believer, a happy Christian, a fruit-bearing child of GOD in the midst of every adverse condition. Solomon had these palm trees carved in the wood of the temple to ever remind Israel that each one individually was to be responsible for his own individual Christian life. He was not to be influenced by the coldness, nor the rebellion of others around him. (See2Ch 3:5; Ezekiel 40:16).

Psalm 92:12 (b) The palm tree in this passage is a type of the life that GOD expects from the Christian. He is to thrive in the midst of adverse conditions, even though he has no companions of like mind. He should, however, if it is possible, associate with other believers, for the cedar trees grow in forests, each one helping the other.

Jeremiah 10:5 (a) This is the picture of a hypocrite. He pretends to be a genuine Christian but in reality is not so. It represents also the idol which is made to appear as lifelike as possible. False religions are thus described in Revelation 17:4, and Revelation 18:16. The word "decked" in both of those passages means "gilded" or "veneered." They look like the genuine article, but are false.


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Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Palm'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/wdt/p/palm.html. 1957.

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