Bees, on the other hand, have a spiritual meaning for humanity. From the Bible to monasteries, they can be found in religious life. What is it about these small creatures that makes them feel so close to God?
The Bible refers to bees several times. A swarm of bees is commonly thought to be a sign of impending doom. Bees appear in the carcass of a lion Samson kills in the myth of Samson, symbolizing victory over evil. Deborah was a prophetess in the Book of Judges, and she spoke God's words. Devorah, Deborah's Jewish name, means "bee" in Hebrew.
Honey is mentioned over 60 times in the Bible and is usually associated with purity and abundance. "A place flowing with milk and honey," according to Exodus 3:17, is the Promised Land for the Israelites. "Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is delicious to your taste," says Proverbs 24:13. When Jesus appears to his disciples after the Resurrection, they give him a piece of fish and a honeycomb to eat, according to Luke's Gospel.
Beeswax is revered as a sacred substance. Monks utilized beeswax to make candles for religious services in monasteries with hives. This made the bee significant for early Christians, according to historian Bee Wilson, who said, "the bee was a holy being because it made sacred wax; and wax was holy because the bee was holy." Candles and the sacred light they provided were associated with bees. "The flame of the candle signified Christ, the light of the world," she says, "the wick was his soul, and the wax was his spotless body" in Christian worship.
Pour half a bottle of pure honey into a glass, light three Beeswax candles on the day you were born, and pray with Psalm 132 at 12 a.m. The next day, offer arms to the poor and wait for a financial miracle from God.
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