What’s The Significance Of A Olive Tree?

there is an unique connection between the Jewish people and Christians. While sometimes a fierce debate. But the Bible indicates our relationship is found in the symbol of an olive tree.

The prophet Jeremiah describe your role as a green olive tree (Jeremiah 11:16). But the apostle Paul wrote to the church saying: “Forif you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree” (Romans 11:24).

Not surprisingly there are two basic righty of a olive tree, the oleaeuropaea which is cultivated and the oleauropeaeasylvestra, the wild variety.

But often gnarled, irregular trunk of an olive tree indicates its strength and durability. The trunk is often bent and hollow because of internal decay, although it continues to bear fruit. How often do we feel in our hearts that we are not worthy of such divine blessings but God by His grace uses this to bring glory of His name.

Because of the attractive grain, the wood is used in Israel for the manufacture of small souvenirs. In biblical times, Solomon was instructed to build the doors of the temple out of all the wood (Hosea 14:6).

Olive Oil

Olive oil was greatly valued in biblical times and was an important export (1Kings 5:11). The olive tree produces the most oil between 40-50 years old. The oil will use a cooking and still is, It was used for healthcare, to beautify the body for anointing. There are churches in America that use this as an anointing oil to pray over people.

The spiritual significance of olive oil is bound when the Psalmist describes how the good oil was poured upon the bread of Aaron, down on the edge of his garments (Psalm 133:2). The children of Israel considered the grace of God to be at divine oil, being poured out on them. They wore tassels upon their garments to remind them of the divine oil of God poured out upon them continuously.

Oil was also used as a source of lighting. God instructed the lighting of the menorah ( a seven branch candelabra) and other Temple lights with olive oil ( Leviticus 24:2). The menorah was lit with oil of pressed olives (Exodus 27:20). The oil was to be made out of beaten olives, to produce what is called katit oil, the olives must be squeezed repeatedly, so all the liquid from the fruit is removed. Light from the katit would be stronger because the oil is thicker since was of the olives were pressed. This reminds me of the pressing the pounding Jesus took for us, The name Garden of Gethsemane means olive press.

King David, the outstanding biblical hero described himself as being “like a green olive tree in the house of God” ( Psalm 52:8).

A wonderful site at the base of the olive tree is the young roots. Usually 10 or 12 new shoots are around the base of the tree. Those new olive shoots speak of new life. We can visualize a family seated around the table, enjoy life together. The Psalmist summed it up like this “Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children are like olive plants all around your table” (Psalm 128:3).

The climax of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome is found in Romans 9:11. As I mentioned how described the wild olive trees have been grafted into the cultivated tree, ‘the elder brother.’ Christians are grafted in. Paul is not suggesting we embrace Judaism but we are instructed to embrace the Jewish people and our biblical heritage. We are instructed to look to the rock from which we were cut out of the quarry home which we were hewn; look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave birth. (Isaiah 51:1-2).

Heros

The famous faith chapter, Hebrews 11, lists Abel, Enoch, Noah, and Abraham in a powerful line up of Jewish hero’s. They were blessed and anointed by God and they served with distinction.

Jesus is Jewish. Hollywood and so many artists got His complexion wrong. We may think about a Hollywood Jesus , but Jesus was a Nazarene. How easily our minds manipulate the facts?

The Bible says, “Do not be conceited, but fear; for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either” (Romans 11:20-21). Paul reminds us ‘they are beloved.’ (Romans 11: 28-29). He also said God chose the Jewish people ‘irrevocably.’ (in a way that cannot be changed). In Ancient times they were the only ones expecting “The Messiah, back then, our forebears were pagan. “Remember that you were at time separate from Christ (Messiah), excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the World. (Ephesians 2:12). We older Jewish people our gratitude for showing us the need for Messiah and for bringing monotheism to our attention.

So many people in America hate the Jewish people. But, they don’t realize that is where they come from.

God is faithful. There has been a cavalcade of christians who have historically shown the love of God to the Jewish people. Israel honors those heroes and remind them at YadVashem (The holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem).

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