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Saffron

Used in : Temple Incense, Song Of Songs Oil

“Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits, with henna and nard, nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with every kind of incense tree, with myrrh and aloes and all the finest spices.” Song 4:13-14

In Hebrew it is known as “karkom” and the saffron crocus is a candidate. When the saffron crocus fully opens the flowers are each picked by hand. Three small bright red stigmas are taken from the middle of the flower and are the sole components of the saffron spice. They are delicate and thread-like. Each red stigma capsules the complicated chemicals that contain saffron’s yellow dye, aroma and flavor. It takes 5000 flowers to make one ounce of saffron and about 75 000 blossoms to make one pound and it is therefore very costly. Saffron reminds us of the delicate and intricate dealings of God in our lives. His dealings are increasingly deeper and specific and very precious to Him. Picking them is rather arduous.

Saffron reminds us of the delicate and intricate dealings of God in our lives. His dealings in us are increasingly deepening as we mature. They are very individual, specific and tedious. These “customized” dealings of God, release our unique “color”, “fragrance” and “flavor” for His glory and pleasure. His dealings may at times feel as if He is destroying that which is deemed beautiful (flowers), in order to take hold of that which is priceless (stigmas). James 5:11 says “Behold, we count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and {is} merciful.” His intimate involvement with us is very precious to Him and to us. Ps 139:17-18 “How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with Thee."

Ps 40:5b “… and Thy thoughts toward us; there is none to compare with Thee; if I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count.”

With all this attention to detail, much of God’s dealings are about removing everything that can hinder our intimacy with Him. This process is known as our sanctification process (1 Cor.1:26-31).

Rom 6:22-23 “But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The free gift is from God and we are looking forward to a rich welcome at the marriage supper of the Lamb. Yeshua, directly after telling the parable of the wedding supper though (Luke 14:16-33), said that in order to follow Him there is a cost involved. We also have a responsibility.

Once coveted as the most expensive spice in the world, with a price equal to that of gold during Medieval times, saffron has been long prized in areas such as Pakistan, Iran, Spain, and Greece.

The saffron crocus has been known to be native to the areas of Asia Minor, Iran and the Mediterranean. However, a major producer of saffron is, of course, Kashmir, where it was introduced to the area during the invasion of the Mongols. In the entire subcontinent, it is the Vale of Kashmir, which is the only producer of saffron. When the saffron crocus fully opens during one week of the Kashmiri autumn, the flowers are each picked by hand. The female portions of the flower, three small bright red stigmas, are taken from the middle and are the sole components of the saffron spice. Each red stigma capsules the complicated chemicals that contain saffron’s yellow dye, aroma, and flavor. It takes 5000 flowers to make one ounce of saffron and about 75,000 blossoms to make one pound. Once these stigmas are hand picked, they are spread out on trays and then further dried over large charcoal fires.

Ancient documents show that saffron was used not only in ancient Egypt, but Rome, where it was used in food, as well as in perfumes and dyes.

Saffron petals contain a fragrant perfume that contains the essential oil of saffron. It is the odor in the flowers that helps in attracting certain insects for successful pollination, and these oil droplets, which are stored in the glands of plants, eventually diffuse through the walls and fill the air with a distinctive perfume.

Price: 15ml (1/2oz) - NIS 50.00