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John 12:12-13 (NKJV) 12  The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to  Jerusalem, 13  took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!”

Have you ever wondered why Palm Branches? Did the people just happened to see a Palm Tree on the road and say, “Hey let’s get a branch and wave it to Jesus”.  No, the waving of the palm branch was very purposeful and prophetic. The Israelites, especially the Pharisees who were angered by this action, knew something very meaningful was revealed in the waving of the Palm branches.

kids in a sukkotIn Leviticus 23:30 and Nehemiah 8:15 God commands His people  during the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, to build temporary tents called booths to sleep for a certain amount of days. During this First Fruits celebration they would also sing praises unto the Lord waving palm branches in the air. This is still done today. The Feast of Tabernacle was to celebrate God bringing the children out of captivity into deliverance and God tabernacling with them in the wilderness.Sukkot

 

 

 

So it can be said that the waving of the palm branches in worship to Jesus as He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, was prophetically declaring that Jesus was bringing the children of God out of captivity into deliverance and He was choosing to tabernacle with them on earth. The palm branches again symbolized the first fruit of the harvest, and of course Jesus Himself is the first fruit of God. How they choose to celebrate that day was so similar to the Feast of Tabernacles that it was if they were declaring to everyone that Jesus was God in the flesh that He had come down to save them and tabernacle with them. Well in fact we know this as truth.

There is another major event in the Bible that the children of God will use palm branches. Revelation 7:9-12 (NKJV) “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”  There will come a day where me and you will worship with palm branches before the throne of God. Why not start now!

Lastly I want to share with you this thought on palm branches. Along time a go someone taught me that we may not have physical palm branches every day to worship Jesus with to declare Him as our savior and Emmanuel, but God made sure to create us with built in ones. Look at your hand. Your arm is the stem, your “palm” is the center of the palm branch, and your fingers are the leaves. God is so mindful of every detail of our worship.

Act of Worship for Families

Prepare some victorious worship music to play, get palm branches if you can from your local flower shop (usually they are $5 for a bundle of 20). Spend some time worshipping as a family with the palm branches or your hands waving in the air. Play “Follow the Leader” as you go through each room of your house declaring Jesus as your deliverer and that His spirit dwells in your home.

Act of Worship for Children’s Church

Prepare some victorious worship music to play, get palm branches if you can from your local flower shop (usually they are $5 for a bundle of 20). Spend some time worshipping with the palm branches or your hands waving in the air. Play “Follow the Leader” in the room if you have a lot of open space.