Solomon is speaking. Solomon describes going down to the grove of nut trees to look at the new growth in the valley. The nut trees in Solomon’s grove were most likely walnut trees commonly called the Persian walnut). Those of us living in England and the United States call it the English walnut.
In ancient times, the walnut symbolized fertility. Fertility is the ability to grow and develop, or to produce fruit. In the Bible, fertility and abundance are linked with the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit causes the desert to become a fertile field and Jacob’s descendants to spring up like grass in a meadow. The Holy Spirit is the source of prophecies, dreams, and visions in men and women of all ages and ranks.
God wants us to be fertile. The Holy Spirit flourishes in us so that we produce fruit, such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Reflection: I was trying to grow flowers in the wrong type of soil. How’s your soil? Is your life’s garden a fertile place for the Holy Spirit to produce fruit?
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