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The Phoenix

The Phoenix

The Bible contains some mysterious references to beings that don’t exist in our days so they are either extinct or belong to cultural legends. Unicorns are mentioned at least 10 different times, as well as dragons. Another creature that is mentioned is the Phoenix. Across many cultures and religions lay an ancient story of a magnificent creature, a bird of beauty with a song of equal beauty that comes from within, inside the deep places of its very spirit.

In Greek mythology, a phoenix (Ancient Greek: φοῖνιξ phoînix; Latin: phoenix, phœnix, fenix) is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or born again. In Native-American culture the Phoenix is known as Firebird.

Job 29:18 JPS Tanakh 1917 (Jewish Bible)
Then I said: ‘I shall die with my nest, And I shall multiply my days as the phoenix;

The Phoenix bird according to legend would build a nest of Frankincense and Myrrh and die in the nest to rise again as a new beautiful bird.

Frankincense and Myrrh

Frankincense and myrrh were ingredients in sacred incenses and anointing oils. The wise men undoubtedly considered gold, frankincense, and myrrh to be spiritually significant gifts for “the child who has been born king of the Jews” (Matthew 2:1-2).

When Job says, “I will die with my nest” he is pointing to Jesus, the nest is an image of quietness, harmlessness, and comfort. Job is declaring that he will die but rise again, this is the power of resurrection.

The Power to Resurrect

In the book of Job there is a ”progressive revelation.” Job wonders:

1. The Question

”If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come.” (Job 14:14)

2. Meeting God after death
Later Job declares with longing:

”I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes — I, and not another.How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27)

Job knows that he will be face to face with God after his flesh dies. The final example of Ressurection then comes on the passage of the Phoenix.

3. The Promise of New Life

Job 29:18-19 (NRSV)
18 Then I thought, ‘I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days like the phoenix;
19 my roots spread out to the waters, with the dew all night on my branches;

He also mentions the tree by the waters wish is a reference to the Palm tree. The Date-Palm that is a symbol on Palm-Sunday in Greek is called Phonix wish is a derivative of Phoenix.

Psalm 92:12
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree (phonix): he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

In the book of Revelation the river is flowing from the Throne of God and the trees on it’s shores receive life and provide healing for the nations.

The resurrection gives meaning to life

The world in which Jesus lived, besides being Jewish, was heavily influenced by the culture of the two empires—Greek and Roman—that had successively dominated the region for several centuries. The Greek and Roman religions held little hope for the dead.

In the Western world a significant number of people believe nothing lies beyond the grave. Atheism and agnosticism have left their marks. The world needs to hear and understand the original resurrection message of Christ. This is the message of Job and the Phoenix.

Jesus states:

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25).

It is through Christ that we can experience our own resurrection from the dead.

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22).

Beauty for Ashes

Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Jesus quoted this Scripture to demonstrate that the Spirit of the living God was upon him to give Him the Power to transform circumstances of those who “mourn in Zion”. This is a promise extended from Israel to Christians by the Lord Himself. 
Yes you can rise up by the power of God and defeat emotional burn out, depression, spiritual heaviness and even death itself.

Rise from the Fire, like the Phoenix!

The phoenix legend is observed in a variety of cultures. These analogues include Both culture and the Bible have this hidden knowledge that there is a cycle of life and death and we can learn from old knowledge. However the power to resurrect from the ashes comes from God and not a mythical bird. You can rise up from the ashes today by a decision of your will to seek the face of God.

Jesus states, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:44).

Your last day is when your life will end like the Phoenix. You will die in your nest to resurrect in a new but yet similar form.

According to the Talmud (collection of Jewish law and tradition), the phoenix (Hol) was the only animal who refused to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Because of its obedience, God not only allowed it to stay in the Garden of Eden but also gave it immortality.

The Bible shows that people who have refused to repent of their own self-willed rebellion in spite of all the opportunities made available to them by God. They will be destroyed in the lake of fire, dying in “the second death,” from which there will be no resurrection (Revelation 20:13-14; Revelation 21:8).

Fire can destroy the unbeliever but like the Phoenix the same fire can purify us and give us a new life.

1 Peter 1:7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;