Thorns and Passover
Stickers were the result of Adam’s sin. Outside the garden, Adam worked the soil and reaped thorns. But, thorns were not the original fruit of creation. They sprouted only after the corruption of sin. Tsaniym, the Hebrew word for thorns, were a token of the curse of sin. The word implies a multiplicity of thorns so thick, they come together to form a prickly, cactus-like hedge.
The enemies of the Most High were also comparable to thorns. The Almighty instructed His people to drive the heathen nations from the Promise Land. Otherwise, they would become barbs in their eyes and thorns in their sides (Numbers 33:55). Sure, Israel would enter a land flowing with milk and honey. But, the natives of the land were a briar patch, snagging victims in their thorny grasp. Thorns signified the aspirations of wicked men, with scratching, piercing, and affliction. Just as it was in the physical world, so it would be in the spiritual world. If the Israelites tangoed with the heathens, they would invite painful entrapment inside a thorny hedge of sin.
The evil one, HaSatan, had proxies. Those proxies always sought to destroy the Israelites and abort the Almighty’s plan to re-establish His Kingdom on the earth. They could do this through the thorns of sin.
When believers consider the sacrifice of Yeshua, the Passover Lamb, they are right to visualize thorns. It is for thorny sin He died. Freedom came from thorns. The Messiah was crowned with thorns, the twisted branches of the Atad tree, to free men from thorns.
Published March 27, 2018