Spiritual Significance of Calamus

Spiritual Significance of Calamus

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Dan also and Javan going to and fro occupied in thy fairs: bright iron, cassia, and calamus, were in thy market. — Ezekiel 27:19


Calamus is mentioned in Exodus 34 as part of the Exodus anointing oil as well as a principle chief spice in Song of Solomon and Ezekiel. The word “calamus” in Hebrew is Qaneh, which means “a stalk or aromatic reed.” It is translated as “right or upright, balances and measuring rod” in Scripture.

The first biblical example of the word to mean “moral uprightness” was God saying, “Do that which is right in his sight” in Exodus 15:26.

Yeshua alone is upright and righteous in His Father’s eyes. 2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us: “For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

The Scriptures tell us Yahweh searches to and fro for those who are upright. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says:

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of [them] whose heart [is] perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

In both Hebrew and Arabic, the root word Kiddah signifies “a strip,” referring to the strips of bark from which the spice is made. In addition to being “upright” in God’s eyes, cassia spiritually speaks of being stripped of arrogance and pride and walking in humility with a servant’s heart and attitude. This is also one of the fragrances mentioned in Psalm 45:8 that Yeshua garments are soaked in.

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