Fascinating Nugget from Scripture
I love Bible study for many fulfilling reasons. We can find enough interesting tidbits of information to keep us busy for a lifetime. This week I found one that I wanted to share with you.
“So the Lord said, ‘If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you'” (Luke 17:6, NKJV).
A.T. Robertson points out that there are two mulberry trees in the New Testament:
“At the present time both the black mulberry (sycamine) and the white mulberry (sycamore) exist in Palestine.”
Luke is the only writer to mention both trees: Sycamine (Luke 17:6) and Sycamore (Luke 19:4).
“The distinction is not observed in the Septuagint [the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament], but it is observed in the late Greek medical writers for both trees have medicinal properties. Hence it may be assumed that Luke, as a physician, makes the distinction.”
I find that to be awesome. What about you?