What is Elim?

Elim was an oasis in the desert. 

 

Here is the ancient story behind Elim

The Israelites left Egypt after the conflict with Pharaoh.  Yet they did not leave alone.  People from other nations, presumably Egyptians and other nationalities, left Egypt with them to form a new nation that worshipped one God.  This is found in Exodus 12:38 where a mixed multitude also went up with them.  After a few weeks, they came to Elim.

Exodus 15:27 – Then they came to Elim where there were twelve springs of water and seventy date palms, and they camped there beside the waters.

This verse has been interpreted by scholars as follows: The twelve springs represent the 12 tribes of Israel.  The number 70 has typically represented the number of the nations, as pictured by the seventy date palm trees.

In ancient Hebrew, “el” could mean tree or god.  The plural form would be “elim.”  Naturally, when they found the oasis of Elim on the Exodus path, the Israelites and the mixed multitude saw the hand of God providing them the trees and springs of water.

 

The symbolism of the Elim logo

Our logo contains 12 waves to represent the twelve springs of water, along with 7 branches to represent the seventy date palm trees.

When the righteous among the nations and Israel partner together, this creates an oasis in the desert.  The themes of interdependence and mutual blessing are also seen in this imagery.  The trees cannot survive without the water, and the water needs the shade of the trees to avoid evaporation in the desert.  The passage in Ephesians 2 is possibly linked when it describes how He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace.

 

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