A SPIRITUAL THOUGHT ON OLIVE TREES
The olive tree is a common sight in Israel and is a tree of great importance, with benefits for day-to-day activities. The olive is a slow-growing tree that needs time, devotion, and tender loving care. However, some olive trees that still produce berries have existed for thousands of years. From Scripture, olive trees are a source of:
- food (Nehemiah 9:25),
- anointing oils (1 Samuel 10:1, 2 Kings 9:3),
- oil for lamps (Exodus 27:20),
- sacrificial oil (Genesis 28:18) and
- medicine (Isaiah 1:6).
The olive tree also has several spiritual connotations. In Bible times, a flowering olive tree symbolized abundance and beauty, which tell of a righteous person and their ability to thrive under terrible situations, with flourish and abundance. Psalms 52:8 says, “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.”
Olive oil is also a symbol of restoration for God’s chosen people. We see this in Joel 2: 23-24: “Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.”
These properties of the olive tree and its products tell us about God’s abundance and everlasting nature. The olive tree gives us hope that God neither fails nor goes out of season, and with Him on our side, we remain unshakable.
Bible Verses About Olive Trees
Deuteronomy 6:11 – and houses full of all good things which you didn’t fill, and cisterns dug out which you didn’t dig, vineyards and olive trees which you didn’t plant, and you shall eat and be full;
Deuteronomy 8:8 – a land of wheat, barley, vines, fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of olive trees and honey;
Deuteronomy 24:20 – When you beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the boughs again. It shall be for the foreigner, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
Deuteronomy 28:40 – You will have olive trees throughout all your borders, but you won’t anoint yourself with the oil, for your olives will drop off.
Judges 9:9 – “But the olive tree said to them, ‘Should I stop producing my oil, with which they honor God and man by me, and go to wave back and forth over the trees?’
1 Kings 6:32 – So he made two doors of olive wood; and he carved on them carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold. He spread the gold on the cherubim and on the palm trees.
2 Kings 18:32 – until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and of honey, that you may live, and not die. Don’t listen to Hezekiah, when he persuades you, saying, “Yahweh will deliver us.”
1 Chronicles 27:28 – and over the olive trees and the sycamore trees that were in the lowland was Baal Hanan the Gederite; and over the cellars of oil was Joash;
Nehemiah 8:15 – and that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, “Go out to the mountain, and get olive branches, branches of wild olive, myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make temporary shelters, as it is written.”
Nehemiah 9:25 – They took fortified cities and a rich land, and possessed houses full of all good things, cisterns dug out, vineyards, olive groves, and fruit trees in abundance. So they ate, were filled, became fat, and delighted themselves in your great goodness.
Job 15:33 – He will shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and will cast off his flower as the olive tree.
Isaiah 17:6 – Yet gleanings will be left there, like the shaking of an olive tree, two or three olives in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outermost branches of a fruitful tree,” says Yahweh, the God of Israel.
Isaiah 24:13 – For it will be so within the earth among the peoples, as the shaking of an olive tree, as the gleanings when the vintage is done.
Hosea 14:6 – His branches will spread, and his beauty will be like the olive tree, and his fragrance like Lebanon.
Amos 4:9 – “I struck you with blight and mildew many times in your gardens and your vineyards; and the swarming locusts have devoured your fig trees and your olive trees; yet you haven’t returned to me,” says Yahweh.
Habakkuk 3:17 – For though the fig tree doesn’t flourish, nor fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive fails, the fields yield no food; the flocks are cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls:
Haggai 2:19 – Is the seed yet in the barn? Yes, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree haven’t produced. From today I will bless you.
Zechariah 4:3 – and two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl, and the other on the left side of it.
Zechariah 4:11 – Then I asked him, “What are these two olive trees on the right side of the lamp stand and on the left side of it?”
Romans 11:17 – But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the root and of the richness of the olive tree,
Romans 11:24 – For if you were cut out of that which is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree, how much more will these, which are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?