“But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever.” Psalm 52: 8
As I read this verse recently I stopped to gaze upon the words, “I am like an olive tree, thriving…” Besides the numerous times olives are mentioned in the Bible, the wording of this verse reminded me of the countless articles I have read regarding the benefits of olive oil and how this ingredient can assist in better health. I decided it was time to do a bit more digging into the Word of God to detail the benefits from a spiritual stance on the subject of olives.
Olive oil comes from the olive fruit. When you firmly press the olive fruit the product rendered is bitter white sap. To acquire the oil, the fruit and its seed need to be crushed by an immense weight. This compressing will remove the bitterness and deliver the oil. Now why is there references made to this particular fruit in the Bible. If you are a believer in Christ Jesus, we realize that everything written in scripture is placed there for a specific purpose and lesson to live by.
Jesus was crushed by an immense weight when He carried the burden and weight of all the sins of the world to the Cross of Calvary. The press that crushed Him was the judgment of a Holy God who cannot be in the presence of sin. Jesus suffered this fate so that He might become the anointing oil that heals us today just as the anointing oil is used today to heal the sick. In fact, James 5:14-15 states, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”
I also read where a visitor was in the City of Capernaum and actually saw an olive press. The tour guide shared that the olive berries were placed in the press, as mentioned above, and was then crushed with a millstone. There were three uses shared concerning the final product of oil.
To add insight into how these usages apply to what the Lord did for us when he borne the incredible pressure of the world’s sins, the first point made describes Jesus Christ as the Light of the World. No one comes to the Father except through the Son. His light shines so that we might see and have the worldly blinders removed from our eyes.
The second use of medicine points to the healing power of Jesus’ name. Isaiah 53:5 mentioned “by His stripes we are healed.” Jesus not only can heal our physical bodies, but more importantly He heals us for all eternity.
Soap, made from oil, might seem to be an unusual comparison; however, the cleansing effect that resulted when His blood washed us as white as snow is a superior alternative to the soap that cleanses our earthly bodies. This compressed oil represents the Holy Spirit of God that is received by each person who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ. He who was crushed beneath the weight of all our sins will heal us, cleanse us and light our path.
Olive oil…when you use it again in your kitchen, or read the numerous articles which outline its benefits for your earthly physical body, remember the pounding which took place to render that oil. Then reflect on what Jesus did for the world.