The olive tree must always be quintessential emblem of the land of Israel since its roots, its trunk, its branches and its fruit symbolize the chosen people.
The olive fruit, olives or olives matured on leaving the right year for the Feast of Tabernacles which together with wine and other species were protagonists. It was the end of the season and before the rains begin its color turned from green to black indicating they were ready to be picked. Today there are different varieties depending on whether they are grown for oil with them or be ingested directly.
Olive oil for men in Bible times
Formerly olives or olives were poured into a tank crushed stone for another round stone or mill (Matthew 18: 6) which were passed by rolling over several times. Thus they were extracted oil which went through an opening into a bucket down.
In Bible times olive oil was not only an important component in the human diet, also, for example, it was used to light lamps and candelabra in the Temple; or to anoint kings and priests ceremonially and even as the basis for the preparation of cosmetics and medicines.
For the ancient olive oil was the most prized of all oils therefore attributed a divine symbolic meaning.
At that time, olive oil was used among other things as:
- Fuel for lamps
- Soap grooming
- Ceremonial element
- Ingredient in food processing
For all the above, pure olive oil it is also a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Then briefly discuss its uses in ancient Israel and at the same time understand their supernatural attributes.
Olive oil as fuel
Use in biblical times. It was used as fuel for lamps. Thanks to oil was possible to illuminate the night. The common people used very simple lamps which, due to the narrowness in which they lived, just kept burning for a very short time in what is readied for bed or in case of any eventuality to get up and light up in the midst of darkness (Matthew 25: 1-13).
On the other hand, in the Tabernacle, and later in the Temple candelabra lamps were permanently burn a fuel specially prepared with pure olive oil. (Leviticus 24: 2).
Symbolic meaning of this use. Blood came out of the front of the Lord Jesus Christ that time in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:30 / Luke 22:39) -and then shed on the cross are symbolized by the oil obtained from the crushed olives. And that pure and virgin oil is used as fuel for the candelabra in the Temple, the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Spirit (John 6: 54-55 / 1 Peter 1:11) is the fuel of the seven-branched candelabrum which represents his church.
The book of Acts shows us that the seven-branched candelabrum, which as we said symbolizes the church of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:20), spiritually was fired at Pentecost by the oil of the Holy Spirit, so we respect that about each one members, tongues as of fire settled. (Acts 2: 3/1 Thessalonians 5:19 / Revelation 1: 12-13 / Revelation 1:20). The candlestick of the Temple consisted of seven lamps, one on each arm.
The Lord Jesus Christ says his church is the light of the world (Matthew 5: 14-16) referring precisely to the seven-branched candelabrum whose function is to give light in the midst of total darkness. In the Temple built by Solomon there were ten candlesticks (1 Kings 7: 48-49) therefore the Lord compares his church with ten young virgins (Matthew 25: 1-13) of which five of them were foolish brought their lamps but no oil. In this parable lamps symbolize the Word of God (Psalm 119: 105) while the oil the Holy Spirit.
When the Lord Jesus warns his church about ensuring (Matthew 25:13) refers to keep lit the lamp with the oil of the Holy Spirit.
Olive oil as a medicine
Use in biblical times. The ancients also used olive oil, ingested or smeared, as a medicinal ingredient. And it be in swellings, sores or wounds, olive oil was a ubiquitous element in the remedies of the time (Luke 10:34 / Mark 6:13 / James 5:14).
Symbolic meaning of this use. The Holy Spirit, who guides us in the right understanding of the Word (John 16:13) is a balm which not only comforts (John 14:26) but brings healing to our soul (Proverbs 4: 20-22) ridding not only the death that condemns us sin (Romans 6:23) but also giving us eternal life (1 Corinthians 15:55).
Olive oil as soap grooming
Use in biblical times. It is fat soap that makes us slip impurity. In ancient times, the fat was olive oil which thus helped in cleaning. Like today to plain soap are added all kinds of perfumes and formulas for hygiene (shampoo against dandruff, medicated soap, etc.) in those days also the oil they added all kinds of recipes (Psalm 104: 15 / Matthew 26: 7 / Mark 14: 3 / Mark 16: 1 / John 12: 3 / Hebrews 1: 9).
Symbolic meaning of this use. The Lord's Spirit cleanses us from all sin. As to freshen up and feel clean gives us joy and to sing so the clean feel of sin fills us with joy, so the Holy Spirit is the oil of spiritual joy (Psalm 45: 7). He anoints us cleansing and turning away (which is the same as hallowing) the world for a divine purpose (Exodus 30:25 / Luke 4: 18-19 / Psalm 45: 7).
Olive oil as a ceremonial element
Use in biblical times. It was given to pure olive oil an important ceremonial use. Upon contact with the oil prepared especially for the occasion the object or person was consecrated or set apart (sanctified) for the service of the Lord. Both kings and priests and cult objects were anointed (cleaned for use unworldly) with the Holy anointing oil (Exodus 30:24 / 1 Samuel 16:13 / Luke 4:18).
Symbolic meaning of this use. Like wine, the oil is a symbol of God's Spirit which not only separates us from the world, but also consecrates and sanctifies us.
Olive oil as food
Use in biblical times. The ancients lived deeply grateful for the olive oil that the Almighty put on their tables. Olive oil was used to knead the flour with the bread (1 Kings 17: 8-16 / Leviticus 2: 4-7) was done and even was used as a delicious dressing which was soaked once served in the table (John 13:26). In the Temple before the seven-branched candelabrum he had a permanent offering of unleavened bread.
Symbolic meaning of this use. The Word of God is the bread from heaven (John 6: 31-35 / Matthew 4: 4), the spiritual food par excellence and unleavened. Pure olive oil with the bread is made and which is soaked is the Holy Spirit. If those who have believed in the Lord abide in both the Word and the Spirit (John 6:55), the healthy spiritual food and unadulterated never fail and even some left over to take another (1 Kings 17: 12- 16/1 Peter 2: 2).
The olive oil comes from word; the word olive oil. The oil that is mentioned in Scripture is nothing other than olive oil.
Anoint. Anoint the biblical term is understood as applying oil or other fat smearing. By extension also it understood as washing, cleaning or consecrate for a divine purpose.
Anointed. Jesus is given the title of Christ, because the Greek word Christos means anointed (anointed, consecrated, chosen) and is the term that is called both the king and the high priest on duty. Our king and high priest forever, Christ Jesus is the Anointed Anointed, the Christ or Messiah.
The same term in Hebrew for anointed messiahs is mashiaj or Spanish. Christ or Messiah means Cleaned, Chosen, Sanctified, Anointed, Apartado for every good work. When the term is capitalized is alluding to the largest of the anointed, the holy of holies (Daniel 9:24) is none other than Yeshua or Jesus Christ or Jesus Christ.