Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sheaves of Wheat for a Chrismon Tree

In the Bible, sheaves of wheat are symbolic for the
 maturing of love or the development of charity.
       A sheaf is a bundle of cereal plant stems bound together after harvesting, or reaping. The sheaves are bound using the stem material and are stacked together in a stook with the stems vertical and the seed heads aligned; this keeps the heads off the ground, allows the grain to dry, discourages vermin, makes the crop easier to pick up and is convenient for winnowing or threshing. Reaping is the cutting of grain or pulse for harvest, typically using a scythe or sickle. Grass for hay was also sheaved and stacked to dry in the field in this way but is now usually mechanically windrowed and baled.
      Sheaves as apposed to singular stalks imply groups, tribes or churches. Singular stalk Chrismons usually are references to the Holy Communion. Just as the sheaves of wheat represented not only Joseph's brothers but their tribes as well in Genesis, so do sheave imagery represent entire groups of faithful believers as apposed to one single, individual believer.

Scripture References for Sheaves of Wheat Chrismon:
  • "For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about and made obeisance to my sheaf.
    Genesis 37:7 (Jubilee Bible 2000)
  • "Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies." Song of Solomon 7:2 (KJV)
  • ""Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you enter the land I am giving you and you harvest its first crops, bring the priest a bundle of grain from the first cutting of your grain harvest. On the day after the Sabbath, the priest will lift it up before the LORD so it may be accepted on your behalf." Leviticus 23:10-11 (NLT)
  • "But now Christ has been raised out from the dead, the firstfruit of those having fallen asleep.
    1 Corinthians 15:20 (BLB)
  • "And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field." Exodus 23:16 (KJV)
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A church community comes together to decorate their 
Chrismon tree with handmade ornaments.

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